HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS IOWA LABOR BILL

SIOUXLAND—AFTER THREE DAYS OF DEBATE, REPUBLICANS IN THE IOWA HOUSE HAVE PASSED A BILL THAT MAKES CHANGES IN IOWA’S LABOR LAWS AND WOULD REQUIRE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS TO PAY $100 A MONTH TOWARD THEIR HEALTH CARE.

58 REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE VOTED FOR THE LEGISLATION AND 38 DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST IT.

REPRESENTATIVE PAT MURPHY, A DEMOCRAT FROM DUBUQUE, SHOUTED AT HOUSE REPUBLICANS AFTER THE VOTE, COMPLAINING THE HOUSE SWITCHBOARD HAD BEEN CLOSED FOR THE DAY AND IOWANS HAD NO WAY OF CALLING LEGISLATORS TO SHARE THEIR OPINIONS ON THE BILL.

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS HALL, A DEMOCRAT FROM SIOUX CITY, ACCUSED REPUBLICANS OF TREATING FIRE FIGHTERS, TEACHERS AND OTHER PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS.

REPUBLICANS SAY THEIR PROPOSAL MAKES COMMON SENSE CHANGES THAT MAY WIND UP SAVING TAXPAYERS MONEY.

REPRESENTATIVE LANCE HORBACH, A TAMA REPUBLICAN, IS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE LABOR COMMITTEE.

HORBACH SAYS THE 60 REPUBLICANS WHO WON SEATS IN THE IOWA HOUSE LAST FALL CAME TO WORK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO LONG-STANDING PROBLEMS, AND MAKING CHANGES IN IOWA’S LABOR LAWS WAS AMONG THEM.

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