'Funnel Week' at Statehouse means big push to get bills out of committees

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Lawmakers are going to be bringing a lot of bills forward this week with a legislative deadline.

The State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

One issue Republicans want to work on is tax reform.

"If Iowans don't have some kind of change at the state level, we're actually going to see a punishment on Iowans for our tax bill with the federal changes," said Rep. Zach Nunn (R-Bondurant).

Democrats want to address mental health funding, equalizing funding across all counties.

"Some regions have less services available than others. Des Moines being the largest region in the state, we have a lot of services, but the big problem is running to funding issues," said Rep. John Forbes (D-Urbandale).

The funnel deadline means bills not dealing with appropriations or taxes must get through either a House or Senate committee to move on.