- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (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 say they considered legislation “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 says he continues to support the idea and remains hopeful.



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