A supplemental state aid bill for schools and fiscal year 2018 de-appropriation legislation are still up for debate.

The Senate and House of Representatives picked up the pace at the Capitol this week with debate on two significant pieces of legislation.

On Wednesday, both chambers debated competing supplemental state aid bills for kindergarten- through 12th-grade public schools.

Senate and House Republicans agreed on the baseline funding number of $32 million, or a 1 percent raise in per-pupil spending for fiscal year 2019, but have not settled on how to address transportation inequity.

Some districts pay nearly $1,000 per student to bus them to school, while others pay less than $100.

The Senate wants to make some state funds available to all school districts to put toward transportation costs, while the House has advocated a targeted approach for areas that spend the most.

No compromise was reached on House File 2230 by the end of the week.

While the Senate was in session Thursday, the two parties sparred over a 2018 de-appropriation bill that would cut $34 million from the current budget. Republicans initially proposed removing $52 million from the budget to make-up for a revenue shortfall, but an amendment was added to reduce the de-appropriation by about $18 million.

Senate File 2117 passed with support from all Republicans and no Democrats. The House has made public its $33.8 million proposal but has yet to debate it.

Here's how your lawmakers voted:

House File 2230


Tom Greene, R-Burlington - Yes

Rich Taylor, D-Mount Pleasant - No


Dennis Cohoon, D-Burlington - No

Dave Heaton, R-Mount Pleasant - Yes

Jerry Kearns, D-Keokuk - No

Dave Kerr, R-Morning Sun - Yes

Senate File 2117

Greene - Yes

Taylor - No

Also last week, a Senate subcommittee advanced Senate Study Bill 3143, which would effectively ban abortion in Iowa by declaring human life begins at conception. It is now eligible for debate before a full committee.

Last year, former Gov. Terry Branstad signed new abortion restrictions into law prohibiting most women from getting an abortion beyond their 20th week of pregnancy. A "heartbeat" bill like the one advanced Thursday was proposed last year, but did not make it out of committee.

This week in the Iowa Legislature, a "funnel" deadline hits Friday, meaning all bills must be passed out of House and Senate committees to be eligible for debate this session. However, if a bill is not moved out of committee this week, it could be revived by party leadership or tacked on to an existing bill to circumvent the funnel deadline.