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To keep things moving along at a good pace, the Iowa Legislature has rules that require bills make progress by certain dates, or they are finished for the session.  Slow and steady may win the race, but if you are too slow you won't make the cut.  The second "funnel" deadline is Friday, April 3.  By that date, all policy bills will need to have been passed by one chamber, and out of committee in the other chamber. 

That means all Senate Files must be voted out of House committees (and all House Files out of Senate committees) by April 3rd. Tax and spending bills (those in Appropriations and Ways & Means committees) are exempt from the funnel, so budget work can begin after this second deadlinel.  Legislators will try to wrap up their work quickly this week, so they can head home for Good Friday/Easter celebrations with their families. So look for most of the activity to be early in the week, with final committee work on Thursday.  After this week, the only committees that will continue to meet are Appropriations, Ways and Means, Government Oversight, and the seven budget subcommittees.  All other committees will be done with their work for the year.