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OT Likely for Iowa Legislature

Apr 30, 2013

It’s looking less likely that the Iowa Legislature will adjourn its current session on time.

Lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up their work in Des Moines by Friday, May 3, the 110th calendar day of the session.

State Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) does not believe that can happen.

He says negotiations are still underway on several pieces of legislation, including property tax reform, education reform and the budget.

Rep. Kearns says some lawmakers will remain at the capitol to continue those talks as part of bi-partisan conference committees.

State Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk)

He says the rest should be allowed to go home until they are needed for a vote.

Rep. Kearns says it’s hard to tell whether this session will last as long as the 2011 session.  Lawmakers adjourned on June 30 that year, roughly two months late.

The 2012 legislative session adjourned in early May.

Friday, May 3 also marks the final day for lawmakers to be paid for their work in Des Moines.