Members of the Iowa Bankers Association invaded the State Capitol's chambers during last month's legislative recess, declared themselves representatives, split along party lines, and passed a bill that would allow banks to surcharge ATM customers.

No, it wasn't a coup. It was a half-day mock legislative session led by Iowa's real-life speaker of the house -- Brent Siegrist, a Republican from Council Bluffs-- to better acquaint bankers with the inner workings of the legislative process.

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