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Pre-filed bills piling up in Des Moines


Days before a new legislative session in Des Moines, there are 31 pre-filed bills piled up -- but lawmakers say that's not unusual.

Many of this year's pre-filed bills are "repeats" from years before.

"There's certain bills that come up every year, and there's always hope that this time it will get a fair hearing, or a full hearing -- and hope springs eternal around here," Sen. Pam Jochum, a Democrat from Dubuque, said.

"I think when you bring in new members and different bodies, you get different angles in and you maybe move forward," Sen. Rick Bertrand, a Republican from Sioux City, said. "So it's a process of moving some of these priorities forward."

Whether they are familiar bills, or newly introduced, lawmakers say just because it's filed before the session starts doesn't give it a greater priority over others.

Once lawmakers return to the capital next week, the committee chairs will set up subcommittees and subcommittee chairs, then decide what the priority bills are.

There are a few issues that are at the top of many legislators' lists, including the budget and commercial property tax reform.

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