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Iowa Session to Continue After Daily Pay Ends

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Daily payments for Iowa lawmakers are set to end Friday, but the legislative session is far from over.

With no resolution yet on major policy issues like education, property taxes, health care or the overall budget plan, legislators are expected back next week to try and work out a deal.

Just how long it could take is unclear. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, says lawmakers will be in the state Capitol for as long as it takes.

But Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says he thinks they have a "real shot" to wrap up the session next week.

Two years ago the session lasted until June 30, in part due to conflict over whether Iowa Medicaid funds could be used for some abortions.

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