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economic development, the department of general services, the Iowa state fair
foundation, the legislative council, the department of natural resources, the
department of public defense, the department of public safety, the state board of
regents, the state department of transportation, and the office of treasurer of state, and
making appropriations from the environment first fund for environmental purposes to
the department of agriculture and land stewardship, the department of economic
development, the department of natural resources, the state department of
transportation, and the Iowa resources enhancement and protection fund, making
related statutory changes, and providing effective dates.

Also: That the Senate has on May 8, 2001, concurred in the House amendment and
passed the following bill in which the concurrence of the Senate was asked:

Senate File 476, a bill for an act relating to the establishment of a student
achievement and teacher quality program.

MICHAEL E. MARSHALL, Secretary

IMMEDIATE MESSAGE

Rants of Woodbury asked and received unanimous consent that
Senate File 531 be immediately messaged to the Senate.

QUORUM CALL

A non-record roll call was requested to determine that a quorum
was present. The vote revealed seventy-seven members present,
twenty-three absent.

REMARKS BY MINORITY LEADER MYERS

Minority Leader Myers offered the following remarks:

We started this session 121 days ago, and it was one wild ride.

The budget, of course, took center stage immediately. The revenue nosedive forced
the Governor and the Legislature to make the kind of difficult budget choices that we
have not faced in many years. And I respect the fact that Republicans made tough
choices.

I did not agree with a lot of those choices. I think it was a mistake, for example, to
renege on our commitments to improve school technology and to reduce class sizes in
the elementary grades. I think it was also a mistake to cut taxes for certain
corporations and investors when so many other needs are going unmet.

I am not sure what the future holds for your budget. Having not reached a budget
agreement with Governor Vilsack, you will likely find your budget changed by his veto


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