Iowa lawmakers move up 2014 legislative deadlines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Top Iowa lawmakers have decided to move up some key deadlines in the 2014 legislative calendar, signaling a desire for a shorter session next year.

The legislative timetable was recently adjusted to reflect earlier procedural deadlines for proposed bills. For example, that means bills must now receive committee-level approval in the House or Senate by Feb. 21, instead of Feb. 28 as originally planned. If not approved by that date, most bills are considered dead for the session.

Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says he expected a “focused” session. Paulsen says the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-majority Senate agreed to the schedule changes.

Paulsen didn’t give a goal for adjournment but says he wouldn’t be surprised to conclude before the 100-day timeframe during which members get daily expense payments.

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