Iowa lawmakers return home

KIMT News 3 – Things are a little quieter in Des Moines as the 2014 legislative session has come to a close and local lawmakers headed home after a grueling final week at the capitol.

“It’s good to be home,” says Rep. Josh Byrnes, (R) Osage, “it’s good to get back to a regular schedule.”

They went a week and two days past their goal for the end of session, however even the extra time didn’t give way for everything to be accomplished.

The broadband bill died in the House and the anti-bullying bill didn’t quite make its deadline, however these are just a few of the topics that lawmakers anticipate seeing again.

“During this interim I think there will probably be more people that sit down at the table and say, ‘okay, what didn’t work? Why didn’t this bill pass?” says Byrnes, “I think broadband is definitely something that you’ll see.”

Sen. Amanda Ragan, (D) Mason City, says she agrees with seeing a future with the broadband bill, however in the Senate, she believes there will be a continued discussion about school funding and an increase in support for rural schools across the state.

“There was some concern, and there still is, about the funding of our local schools,” she says “we passed the allowable growth in the Senate and that did not get taken up in the house so will go back and address that.”

Even though some legislation didn’t make the cut during this 2014 session, the lawmakers themselves certainly survived.

Both Byrnes and Ragan say they’ve come out of this year filled with confidence about what is to come and hope that everyone else uses the time away from the capitol to organize their thoughts for the 2015 session.

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