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Lawmakers comment on Iowa's divided powers


Iowa's legislature is divided.

The Republicans have the majority in the Iowa House and the Democrats have the majority in the Iowa Senate.

There's a mandate here that some lawmakers are taking to heart.

"I think the major benefit of last night's election is that it settled kind of the war between the parties," Iowa Senator Jack Hatch (D) Des Moines

Hatch says voters declared Tuesday that Democrats need to "figure it out with republicans".

Hatch points to healthcare reform in Iowa.

On Monday, he will roll out a plan that the governor's spokesman says Branstad is eager to hear.

"We would like to see an Iowa-based health care exchange constructed, rather than one forced upon us, a one-size-fits-all, by the Federal Government," Branstad Spokesperson Tim Albrecht said.

Tim Albrecht says you can count on the governor to shy away from topics that tie up the legislature and take precious time-- often with little to no result.

"He has to speak for the entire state," Albrecht said. "That means job creation. And that means making sure that we have a balanced state budget," Albrecht said.

That means less emphasis on gay marriage, and other lightning rod issues, and more time for health care, education, and property tax reform.

"Governor Branstad believes that both parties need to sit down and work together," Albrecht said.

"And we are going to try to work with the Governor and the republican leadership in the house to get things done for Iowans," Hatch said.

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