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The Iowa House is methodically rejecting efforts to weaken an overhaul of the state’s collective bargaining laws.

Supporters say the overhaul is needed to save money and head off a projected state budget shortfall. The Republican controlled House debated the measure into the night Wednesday and was spending all day Thursday fighting over the measure again.

In its final version, the measure would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward their health insurance costs and end their right to have a voice in layoff procedures.

Critics say the measure is an attack on the middle class and part of a national assault on public unions that are a key part of the Democratic base.