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Legislature approves disaster relief package

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Senate has sent Gov. Chet Culver a $56 million flood recovery package.

Backers say the package marks the first of a series of measure lawmakers will approve to respond to last summer's natural disasters.

The Senate rejected a series of efforts by minority Republicans to tighten eligibility standards and toughen reporting requirements to better keep tab on how the money is spent.

Democrats say the programs financed by the measure will be run by a series of state agencies, all of which have procedures to guarantee the protection of tax dollars. They said it's essential that money begin flowing to flood victims quickly.

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