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Rep. Dwayne Alons, R-Hull, carries a box to his desk during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rep. Dwayne Alons, R-Hull, carries a box to his desk during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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