DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers have adjourned their 2018 legislative session. Republicans with control of the Legislature held near simultaneous debate Saturday in order to approve a sweeping $2.1 billion tax cut bill that they hailed as the largest in state history and Democrats decried as unfairly favoring the wealthy.
The legislative activity caps a marathon of votes in recent days to finalize spending bills that will make up the roughly $7.4 billion state budget that goes into effect in July. Final bills now head to Gov. GOP Kim Reynolds, who has roughly a month to review them.
Legislators tackled a range of issues this session, from expanding mental health access to addressing the opioid epidemic. They also passed measures on abortion and immigration enforcement that critics warned would lead to litigation.