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SESSION ENDS: Iowa House Adjourns

Posted on: 11:37 am, May 23, 2013, by , updated on: 05:31pm, May 23, 2013

The 2013 Iowa legislative session has adjourned and legislative leaders are calling it one of the most successful in recent history.

The House finished up its work at the Statehouse Thursday morning. It passed plans to reduce commercial property taxes, expand health coverage to poorer Iowans, and pay off state debts early.

The Senate wrapped up Wednesday night, agreeing on a compromise for education reform that gave more money for schools and greater freedoms for home schoolers.

Gov. Terry Branstad issued a statement after the House adjourned congratulating lawmakers on their work.

“We have demonstrated today that Des Moines is not Washington, D.C.,” said Branstad. “We worked together the Iowa way. Both parties in both chambers came together to pass the most significant legislative achievements we have seen in a generation. This was our opportunity. This was our year. These results will benefit generations to come, ensuring higher student achievement, job creation and healthier Iowans.”