The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 22, 2014

Session continues but expense payments stop


Associated Press

DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers have work to complete before adjournment, but they'll be finishing up without daily payments for their expenses.

The session has no specific end date, but Tuesday, the 100th day of the session, marks the last day lawmakers will receive their per diem payments. Pages will be sent home and Capitol staff will be reduced, but lawmakers must stick around to wrap up budget bills and finish work on other measures.

The key task is approving budgets. Those measures have bounced back and forth between the House and Senate, but only two have cleared both chambers.

Gov. Terry Branstad's four main priorities remain alive. They deal with school bullying, veterans programs, broadband expansion and apprenticeships.

But time is running out, as legislative leaders hope to adjourn within days.