Iowa lawmakers likely will talk taxes, voting, guns, schools

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FILE – This Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo shows a crane at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa, South Carolina and South Dakota recently joined Nebraska in agreeing to share driver’s license information with the U.S. Census Bureau to help the Trump administration with the controversial task of figuring out the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. (AP Photo/Linley Sanders,File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature will convene Monday with Republicans holding large majorities and promising an agenda that could include tax cuts and changes to voting, gun and school attendance laws.

Republicans expanded their majority in the House in November and maintained their edge in the Senate. They see the election as an affirmation that voters support the conservative actions they have taken since winning full control of the Legislature in 2016.

The GOP to-do list is expected to include efforts to reduce taxes, making changes to voting rules, expand gun rights, and require in-school attendance despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The 150 lawmakers will gather in the Statehouse with no mask requirements and rules that do not require disclosure of a positive COVID-19 test.


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