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Local legislators disappointed with child care assistance bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -

Earning your degree isn't always easy. It takes hard work and could cost thousands of dollars.

It becomes an even bigger challenge when you're juggling being a parent and student at the same time.

That's why Iowa legislators discussed the need for the child care assistance bill.

Democratic Iowa State Representative Chris Hall said this allows parents to qualify for child care assistance if they are taking 28-hours of academic work or working up to 28-hours per week.

Hall said the bill passed out of the senate, but the House Republicans chose to limit the counties where people would be eligible for the program.

None of those counties are in our viewing area, and Hall said he's disappointed with the outcome.

"We want to make sure that parents have the eligibility to be taking classes and working and still have some support in child care. We were very frustrated in the legislature to not have that program provided to or eligible to Woodbury County residents," Chris Hall said.

State representatives said the bill still has a chance to be negotiated between the House and the Senate in Conference Committee, if it comes down to that.

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