Iowa House Set to Take up Spending Bill

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

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Debate in the state House on one-time spending proposals has been postponed until later this week.

Republican Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha gaveled-in to a sparsely populated House on Tuesday but then quickly adjourned until Wednesday morning. A House staffer says all 99 members won't be called back to vote until compromises have been reached on education reform, property tax and other outstanding budgets.

The bill that was set for debate Tuesday in the House includes about $91 million in state money to increase funding for the police officer retirement fund.

The Iowa Senate also adjourned until Wednesday morning. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs, says he hopes to start voting on key issues on Wednesday.

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