Lawmakers Declare Broadband Expansion Plan Dead

By: AP
By: AP

A plan to extend broadband and Internet access to rural Iowans has been declared dead this session after lawmakers couldn't reach agreement on how best to proceed following a House vote rejecting the measure.

Democratic Sens. Liz Mathis and Steve Sodders issued a statement Wednesday saying no attempt would be made to resurrect the measure, effectively killing one of Gov. Terry Branstad's main priorities this session.

When the bill failed in the House, Mathis and Sodders considered legislation that they say would have been "designed as a first step." They say Branstad's office adhered to key pieces of the bill the House had defeated.

Lawmakers have promised to work through differences during the interim and return to the issue next year.

Branstad's office did not immediately reply to a message.

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