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May 22, 2013Des Moines, IA |  By: AP

Iowa Legislative Session

Iowa lawmakers are expected back in the state Capitol today and legislative leaders say they are close to concluding the 2013 session.

There was no floor action in the state House or State Senate on Monday or Tuesday. But legislative leaders say they have been working privately to resolve differences on key issues, like education policy, property tax cuts and low-income health care. Votes could come on those issues soon.

Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, said yesterday it was possible lawmakers could finish their work today.

Lawmakers must also finish their work on several key budget bills, including the Health and Human Services budget, which provides funding to state health departments.