OVERTIME WORK: Legislators Making Progress

Posted on: 9:16 am, May 8, 2013, by

legislature

Iowa lawmakers are sending a list of bills to the governor’s desk after spending their first full day in overtime Tuesday.

One bill allows online renewal of driver’s licenses. Another requires anyone convicted of an aggravated misdemeanor to give a DNA sample.

Lawmakers also held closed door meetings Tuesday on other bills.

Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen says lawmakers are moving along.

“Meaningful communication, exchanging ideas and trying to find a way to get the bills into form that we get to the governor’s desk that he’ll be excited about signing them so, yeah, I think we’ve had really good conversations,” says Paulsen.

Legislators still have to approve a budget and make a decision about education and commercial property tax reform.

The session was scheduled to end last week but unfinished business has kept lawmakers at the Statehouse. They are now working unpaid until the session gavels out.