Iowa Senate Approves Budget

A view inside the House Chambers at the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. (Steve Pope/Freelance)

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By Jay Knoll

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate has approved a spending bill that includes money for the public safety retirement fund.

In a bipartisan vote, senators agreed Monday the retirement fund would get about $9 million this fiscal year and then $5 million annually after that.

The funding is part of the so-called standings appropriations bill. The bill now moves to the House for review.

The miscellaneous spending bill includes money for almost every department in the state and for several fiscal years.

The bill is traditionally viewed as the last opportunity to move legislation during the session.

Senate Republicans failed to amend the bill to include prohibiting traffic enforcement cameras and permitting criminal background checks on motorized food vendors, such as ice cream truck drivers.

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