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The scheduled date of adjournment has come and gone for the Iowa Legislature, but there is still a lot of work that remains on the state’s budget.
The Iowa House took the first step in getting the budget completed by passing five budgets out of the House Appropriations Committee this week.
While the sign of moving budgets out of committee is a positive first step, uncertainty remains as Republican leaders in the Capitol have not agreed to a budget or tax plan this year.
Whatever ultimately happens in closed door negotiations among the leaders, it is clear that working Iowans will be left out of the process.
While five of the 10 budgets have been started in the House, Senate leaders just released their budget outline this week and have yet to start work on any budget bills.
As the session winds down, House Democrats will work to keep the state budget balanced, restore fiscal discipline, and support a budget that puts the needs of everyday Iowans first.
With the weather getting nicer people are excited to get outdoors to fish. People fishing over the age of 16 must have a valid Iowa fishing license. Fishing licenses for Iowa residents range from $9.50 for a one-day license to $53 for a three-year license.
Seniors over the age of 65 can purchase a lifetime license for $52.50. Tags for trout and paddlefish are extra.
Fishing licenses for nonresidents are slightly higher. Licenses can be purchased at many retail stores.
June 2-4 is free fishing weekend in Iowa. Iowa residents can fish without a license all weekend. While no license is required, a trout tag is needed if fishing for trout.
Many waterways across the state have events during free fishing weekend. For more information on free fishing weekend events and fishing tips, visit IowaDNR.gov/Fishing.