With a little over eight hours to spare, the Iowa legislature took final action on the last piece of a nearly $6 billion state budget plan Thursday afternoon. The new state budgeting year starts just after midnight on Friday.
House Republican Leader Linda Upmeyer of Garner made this declaration seconds after the House adjourned for the year: “I have to say it’s so much better to adjourn at 3:30 in the afternoon than at 3:30 in the morning.”
The Senate concluded two minutes later. The final drama of the final day came when a deal was struck on abortion policy.