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Iowa Senate approves subpoena resolution, adjourns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate adjourned for the year Friday after granting a committee power to subpoena witnesses to continue investigating alleged scandals in the administration of Gov. Terry Brandstad over the summer.

Half the Senate and all 100 House seats will be on ballots this year and a handful of state legislators are seeking higher office including Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, who is running for governor against Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.

Sen. Joni Ernst, a Red Oak Republican, is a candidate for U.S. Senate and Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale is running for Congress as are Reps. Anesa Kajtazovic, D-Waterloo; Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque.

The end-of-session conflict that caused the Senate to remain a day longer than the House, which adjourned early Thursday morning, centered on a resolution to authorize the Government Oversight Committee to subpoena witnesses and place them under oath with penalties for perjury.

“When government isn’t working, the job of legislators is to find out what’s gone wrong and propose policy that will fix it,” said Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. “It’s obvious things have gone wrong in the Branstad administration.”