Republicans promised major policy changes after victories in Iowa House and Senate elections in November, and they delivered by approving a sweeping conservative agenda in the Legislature’s 2017 session.
This year’s session ended Saturday with the House adjourning at 7:14 a.m. and the Senate wrapping up at 7:16 a.m. The session, which began Jan. 9, lasted 104 days.
Key lawmakers worked throughout Friday night and into Saturday morning to negotiate on bills and draft the details of final legislation. This included a compromise approved Saturday by the Legislature that will expand a state law allowing ailing Iowans to use a marijuana-derived oil known as cannabis oil. But a late, intensive lobbying campaign failed in a bid to win House approval of a Senate-passed bill that would have increased state funding for water quality projects by $27 million annually