Iowa legislative leaders say they could end the 2014 session this week despite disagreements over budget bills and Gov. Terry Branstad's policy priorities.
They have a strong incentive to close up shop and go home since their daily allowance for working and living in Des Moines runs out on Tuesday.
Three budget bills on which there are differences are in conference committees where lawmakers from both parties negotiate compromises. Differences remain on a school anti-bullying bill and expansion of broadband Internet, but leaders say resolution is possible.
Branstad appears unfazed by ongoing criticism from Democrats about payments for secrecy in settlement agreements and other executive branch issues pursued by the Government Oversight Committee. He says his focus remains on the substance of issues and he remains optimistic.
The Nebraska Legislature ended its 2014 session last Thursday.