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Iowa workforce lawsuit ruled unconstitutional

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Governor Terry Branstad's line-item veto of a bill, which closed 36 unemployment offices in Iowa, was ruled unconstitutional on Thursday.

Branstad in July vetoed portions of a bill prohibiting the closure of the offices.

He argued it would have prevented Iowa Workforce Development from developing a more efficient system for helping the unemployed.

A lawsuit was filed in August contending a governor can't redirect money struck through a line-item veto.

A judge ruled that for Branstad's veto to be valid he must also veto the allocation.

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