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March 17, 2014DES MOINES, Iowa |  By: Associated Press

Controversial Iowa Bills

Bills surviving a legislative deadline include those that would crack down on bullying in schools, allow fireworks to be sold in Iowa, and regulate the use of unmanned aerial drones.
Many other proposals will not be considered this year including a Democratic-backed bill to crack down on wage theft, a Republican effort to outlaw telemedicine abortion, and the Democrats' proposal to give schools 6 percent more funding for 2015.
Lawmakers impose deadlines twice a year to narrow the number of policy bills under consideration.
The first so-called funnel deadline was in February and the second ended Friday.
Leaders from both parties say the focus now will be to find compromise on the bills that remain and continue work to complete the state budget.