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The 2016 Legislative Session is now past the scheduled April 19th deadline.

Key issues in the budget have split the two chambers at the Iowa Statehouse. Representative Guy Vander Linden says the House passed a nearly $9.7 million reduction in the Iowa Department of Transportation budget. He and fellow Republicans claim the organization was using excess funds for salary increases during the tough budget year.

Senate Democrats have come out largely in opposition to the cuts, claiming it will cut the number of snowplows on the road during the winter and other functions of the organization. The other divided issue is the health and human services budget, with the House aiming to defund Planned Parenthood and the Senate voting Friday to return that funding.

Both issues will end up in special committees next week if agreements cannot be reached.