Except for lawmakers in Kentucky and New Hampshire — the other two states with divided legislative control — those elsewhere can barely imagine what Iowa expects to experience. In Oklahoma, where Republicans hold every statewide elected office and supermajorities in the House and the Senate, Democrats weren’t invited to the budget talks with the governor’s office. In Minnesota, where Democrats won both chambers this year and hold the governor’s office, Republicans are expecting a parade of Democratic policy initiatives.
‘‘There isn’t really anything we can participate in unless asked,’’ said outgoing Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, a Republican.
Associated Press writers Brian Bakst in St. Paul, Minn., and Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.