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As expected, Iowa Senate halts collective bargaining overhaul

Protesters rally before public testimony on a collective bargaining bill in the Iowa House March 7 at the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines. The bill was passed by the House, but failed to advance to the Iowa Senate floor for debate. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Protesters rally before public testimony on a collective bargaining bill in the Iowa House March 7 at the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines. The bill was passed by the House, but failed to advance to the Iowa Senate floor for debate. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

A bill limiting public workers' collective bargaining rights and requiring them to pay more for their health care is over in Iowa, at least for now.

The bill was approved by the Republican-controlled House on Friday after days of debate and protests by pro-union demonstrators.

The bill arrived on Monday in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority. Senate Labor Committee chairman Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids, says there aren't enough votes to bring it out of the committee. He declared the issue dead for the rest of the session.

In addition to paying toward health care, the bill wouldn't allow workers to negotiate or vote on layoff procedures and would give arbitrators new options when state and union negotiators can't agree.
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