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Lawmakers toughen labor laws in wake of Agriprocessors

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Legislature unanimously sent Gov. Chet Culver a measure toughening the state's labor laws in the wake of an immigration raid at the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant in Postville.

The Senate gave the measure final legislative approval on a 48-0 vote and sent it to Culver, who is expected to sign it into law. The House earlier approved the measure on a 97-0 vote, with both chambers voicing outrage at the labor practices at the Agriprocessors plant.

Sen. Dick Dearden, D-Des Moines, a main backer of the effort, says the incident exposed tremendous gaps in Iowa's labor laws.

Dearden says the effort toughens both child labor laws and wage laws for companies that don't pay workers promised wages.

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