- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has passed budget bills that would fund several services including the state’s judicial branch and natural resources department.

The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday for the bills, which would pay for various state departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.

The chamber voted 56-43 to allocate more than $174 million to the state’s judicial branch. That would keep funding at the same level as last year. Lawmakers voted 57-42 for a bill in support of $42 million for agencies like the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. That’s slightly less than last year’s level.

The Democratic-led Senate has proposed allocating slightly more money than the House. Lawmakers are expected to reach a consensus in special meetings.

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