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Iowa Legislature enters home stretch

Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Fritz
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It is the 13th week of the 2017 Iowa legislative session, and lawmakers are heading into the home stretch. Last week's second funnel deadline weeded out some of the remaining policy bills, but there are still several issues of ISBA interest that are alive this session.

Those include Senate File 465, which aims to limit medical malpractice lawsuits by enacting caps on non-economic damages. It has passed the Senate and sits on the House unfinished business calendar.

You can view the latest ISBA Affirmative Legislative agenda chart here, which indicates the most recent developments on the bills approved by the Board of Governors this year. You can also view the latest ISBA weekly Legislative Report, which indicates all action related to any bill that the ISBA registered on this session.

For additional information about bills that are still alive or now dead after the second funnel, please see this coverage in the Des Moines Register.

The 100th calendar day of the 2017 session is April 18, which is when per-diem expenses will run out for lawmakers. That is typically the goal date to end the session, though the exact schedule will depend on how quickly lawmakers get through the remaining bills and finalize the state budget for fiscal year 2018.

From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly

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