DES MOINES (AP) -- The Legislature will continue its focus on the budget this week but likely will find time for a few other topics.
After emphasizing work on the budget for weeks, both the House and the Senate have approved plans to restructure state government. The House version would save about $125 million, roughly $7 million more than a Senate plan.
A House-Senate committee will resolve the differences between the plans, which both seek to merge some smaller agencies, streamline larger ones, and call for centralized computer operations and purchasing systems.
Among other issues likely to come before lawmakers are a ban on texting while driving, closure of a loophole that lets sex offenders who move to Iowa avoid registering with the state and tougher laws on young drivers.
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