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Top priorities remain for Branstad as Legislature winds down

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By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ
Associated Press
  
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Two of Gov. Terry Branstad's key priorities remain unresolved as the Iowa Legislature winds down this session.
  
Branstad announced in January that he wanted lawmakers to update Iowa's anti-bullying law and pass legislation to expand high-speed Internet.
  
The Senate approved an anti-bullying bill but it remains in limbo in the House. A broadband bill passed in the House but it's still making its way through the Senate.
  
Time is running out to advance the bills. While lawmakers are at odds over the budget for the next fiscal year, party leaders are expected to reach compromise soon, which could quickly lead to adjournment.
  
Branstad prioritized both issues last year, but they failed to garner enough support. He told reporters Thursday he's still hopeful this year's bills will reach his desk.

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