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No more discussion on Pollock bill this year

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A bill forcing the sale of the University of Iowa's Jackson Pollock painting will not move forward this year.

House Appropriations Chair Scott Raecker released this statement Monday:
"The discussion of the potential sale of the Jackson Pollock painting is certainly controversial, yet warrants discussion, as even members of the Board of Regents are split on the idea. I am a firm believer in the legislative process however, and further discussion of the sale of the Pollock painting will not be moved forward this year." 

Raecker's announcement Monday comes less than a week after a House appropriations subcommittee voted to sell the painting, which was donated to the University of Iowa in 1951 by art dealer Peggy Guggenheim.

Raecker says with all the other issues lawmakers are trying to resolve this year continuing debate on the painting's sale is not a good use of legislative time. He says the gap between both sides in the debate is too wide to reach consensus this year.

The 140 million dollar painting called "Mural" has been in Davenport since the Floods of 2008.

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