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State lawmakers are talking marijuana and minimum wage

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LAWTON, Iowa (KTIV) -

The first week of the 2014 legislative session has come and gone and this weekend, some Iowa lawmakers are going back to their districts. Representative Chuck Soderberg and Senator Bill Anderson were in Siouxland on Saturday talking with community members. It was a windy morning in Lawton, but that didn't stop a few Siouxlanders from meeting their district legislators, and talking about some of the controversial issues that could hit the house or senate floors this legislative session. Two of these issues include legalizing medical marijuana and raising the minimum wage.

"In the Senate, we've heard from the Democrats, who are in charge in the senate, that there maybe a medical marijuana bill. There maybe a minimum wage bill, in fact the theme of the first week was really about raising the minimum wage from our current $7.25 to $10.00 I believe is what the democrats are proposing," said Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson.

The bill to increase the minimum wage has officially been filed in the house. Republicans say while this could mean good news for some workers, it won't help struggling small businesses.

"There are a lot of concerns with small businesses that that could really jeopardize their business structure. Right now, we do not want to jeopardize small businesses," said Iowa State Representative Chuck Soderberg. "A lot of them are having a hard time making ends meat and that would only increase their costs. So we have to be very careful about that."

While it's still very early, Soderberg is already predicting this year's session will go fairly smooth. On Wednesday, January 22, the budget sub committee will start digging into the details of their individual budgets.

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