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The 2010 legislative session opened on Monday, January 11th at the State Capitol.  House leaders said the session will focus on help for middle class families and small businesses.  Priorities include balancing the budget without raising taxes, creating good-paying jobs, strengthening Iowa schools, and making government more accountable and transparent.

The House has two new members this year.  Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield and Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt of Cedar Rapids were both elected to the Iowa House last fall in special elections.

To listen to opening remarks by House Speaker Pat Murphy, click here.

To listen to opening remarks by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, click here.