Friday wrapped up the first funnel week of this year’s legislative session. Funnel week is a self-imposed deadline by the legislative bodies that says if a bill is not at least through one committee by the end of the week if is dead until the next session. Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley of Chariton says this process is important because it helps winnow down the nearly 2,000 pieces of legislation that is drafted each year. McKinley says it was a hectic week in the Senate as they had not done much in the first few weeks and several bills came out of committee that they did not know about. He says he continues to focus on improving Iowa’s economy, providing more jobs and getting rid of unnecessary rules and regulations that prevent businesses from opening or expanding in the state.