- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate remains at the Capitol after having debated through the night, held up by a political feud over an investigation into secret settlement agreements and other issues in the executive branch.

Senate Democrats want to pass a resolution granting subpoena power to the Senate Oversight Committee but Republicans stonewalled by going into a meeting room for nearly an hour.

The House adjourned and left just before 6 a.m. but senators remained to pass the resolution, which allows the oversight committee to subpoena witnesses and put them under oath to testify. It offers penalties for anyone refusing to comply or tell the truth.

The committee has been investigating settlement agreements in which the state paid former workers money to remain silent and other issues.



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