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Iowa lawmakers focus on efficiency plan

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DES MOINES (AP) -- Government efficiency and budget cutting will again be the focus at the Legislature this week as lawmakers scramble to cover an expected shortfall.

Legislators know they need to act quickly because leaders have agreed to trim the session from 100 days to 80 days to save money.

That means moving fast on the budget and speeding up a self-imposed cutoff for legislation that will be considered this year. That cutoff means that unless a bill has won committee approval by Friday, it will die for the session.

Most attention will remain on the budget, as legislators hold hearings on a government restructuring plan.

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