‘Historic’ 2017 Iowa legislative session has concluded

The Republican-led legislature’s sweeping agenda for 2017 recast Iowa labor laws and rewrote the rules for several kinds of lawsuits. Governor Terry Branstad is expected to approve proposals that reshape abortion policy as well.

“I think it’s been a very productive session,” Branstad told reporters Thursday. “We’ve addressed a lot of important policy issues and I think it’s going to have a long-standing benefit for the people.”

The House and Senate took final votes on key bills after sunrise on Saturday, including a bill that would expand Iowa’s soon-to-expire medical marijuana law.  The House and Senate both adjourned at about a quarter after seven.

House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, the legislature’s top-ranking Republican, said Republicans seized the opportunity to act.

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