Debate on the controversial Iowa Public Worker Labor Bill ended just after noon Thursday at the Iowa House of Representatives.
A Time Certain was by the House for noon.
Shortly after the State House set a Time Certain, the Iowa Senate broke with years of tradition by also passing a Time Certain, cutting off debate at 2:00 p.m. Senate rules have no provision for setting a Time Certain, so the Republicans set a new precedent with the move. Democrats described it as the "nuclear option."
State Representatives spent the better part of two hours, starting at noon, plowing through the remaining amendments, we counted more than 70 of them, on a straight up-or-down vote.
The House eventually passed the Public Employment Reform Bill (53-TO-47). It was, then, sent to the Senate where it was also passed (29-to-21).
The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for his signature.
Screen shot of Iowa Senate vote for setting a Time Certain - an historic break with tradition.