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Iowa Senate OKs plan to rewrite utilities laws while critics predict higher costs


Des Moines Register: The Iowa Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday night that rewrites some key provisions of the state’s utilities laws with changes that Republicans promised will provide clean, reliable energy at a reduced cost for Iowa consumers. Democrats who fought the bill angrily claimed that Iowa consumers will be forced to pay millions more each year for their utility bills as a result of the changes. They also warned that thousands of Iowa jobs will be lost because the legislation will make energy efficiency initiatives optional.

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