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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Politically Speaking: Let's get out of here early

Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking

As this session of the Iowa Legislature nears the two-month mark,
there's some thought being given to having an early shutdown. With the
economy sluggish at best, some editorialists in early January told the
lawmakers to pass a budget and get out. That might happen now before
the scheduled 110th day on May 1, which is when the per diems for
lawmakers run out. Shutting down early would save money, perhaps $30K
per day. The next big important date on the 2009 session timetable is
the March 13 "funnel," the final date for which
non-appropriation-related bills must be out of a House or Senate
committee to be considered. How soon in advance of May 1 the lawmakers
could be done is uncertain, but the legislative leaders are pondering
a shortened session.


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