Iowa Senate Goes All-Night Debating Collective Bargaining

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa lawmakers pulled an all-nighter Wednesday and finally ended at 9:45 Thursday morning as they continue to debate the controversial collective bargaining bill.

The Iowa Senate resumed discussion of the bill Wednesday morning and they’re still going. Senators have sparred over the measure all night long.

The Republican majority is trying to remove nearly everything from the negotiating table, leaving just public workers’ salaries up for debate.

Democrats have proposed dozens of amendments to the legislation, which so-far have been blocked by Republicans. They are attempting to stall the bill — if they can’t outright kill it. That has led to the all-nighter at the Statehouse.

Lawmakers had only taken short breaks overnight to allow for the parties to caucus.

They reconvened at 9:48 a.m. Thursday when Republicans motioned to limit the time left for debate on Senate File 213 and all amendments to the bill.

Republicans have used a seldom-used maneuver, called time certain, to set a limit on debate in both the House and Senate on this marathon collective bargaining debate. The House will cut off debate at noon. The Senate will end debate at 2:00 p.m.

A vote in both chambers could happen Thursday afternoon.

You can watch the Iowa Senate session LIVE here.