Subcommittees take first steps in advancing bills

These days, the Iowa Legislature is a laboratory of democracy.

In meeting rooms, chambers and lounges throughout the Capitol, small groups of lawmakers are reading the legislative fine print, taking comment from the public and offering their own opinions on measures.

Sometimes the meetings take 15 minutes. Sometimes they take six hours, and stretch out over several days.

In the House on Tuesday, various panels of lawmakers — known as subcommittees — mulled over a dozen separate bills between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Similar groups of senators considered four more. Today, at least another dozen are on tap for discussion between the two chambers.

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