- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill intended to change funding and programming for job training and establish an apprenticeship program has won the support of a divided Iowa Senate.

The Senate voted 26-to-20 Thursday to approve the measure, with Republicans opposing the proposal. It now goes to the House, where House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he’s interested in the apprenticeship piece.

The bill changes current law to increase Iowa’s workforce fund from $4 million to $6 million. Half that money would go toward the apprenticeship program. It also creates an advisory board to promote apprenticeship programs.

Sen. Bill Dotzler, a Waterloo Democrat, says the legislation would provide those who train Iowa’s workforce with the resources they need.

Senate Republicans argued for approving a job training bill that largely retains the current program.

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