Iowa Lawmakers Will Return Next Week

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa legislators are trying to wrap up the 2013 legislative session, but their work will continue next week.

The state House and Senate ended work for the week Friday afternoon, with plans to return early next week. Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says he hopes to "wrap it up quickly" when they come back.

On Thursday, legislators struck a tentative deal to cut commercial property taxes and make other tax reductions. But the legislation did not come up for a vote Friday. Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy, of Des Moines, says some Senate Democrats want the weekend to talk with local officials about the impact.

Lawmakers still have to find an agreement on education policy and decide how to handle health care for low-income Iowans.

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