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HEART SURGERY: Senator Recovers, Dems Lose Majority

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Democrats in the Iowa statehouse are without a senator at a time when key bills are being considered.

Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington is recuperating from heart bypass surgery. The 65-year-old democrat underwent the procedure on Thursday.

It is unknown when he’ll be back to work.

To have a majority vote in the senate, 26 votes are needed, without Courtney, there are only 25 democrats.