- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate are trying to determine the best way to deal with emerald ash borer infestations across the state.

The Senate voted 43-5 on Monday in favor of a measure to develop an advisory committee to study issues related to the pest and recommend how to assist landowners and local governments in dealing with infestations. The measure now goes to the House.

The committee would submit a final report with findings and recommendations by mid-November to an interim committee of lawmakers. That panel would review the report in preparation for next year’s legislative session.

Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom says the hope is to return next year with better ideas for tackling the infestations.

Eight counties in Iowa have confirmed infestations of the bug, which kills ash trees.

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