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Missouri lawmakers have slim agenda on final day

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 7:26 a.m. CDT; updated 4:24 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 16, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers are beginning their final day of work with many of their top priorities already accomplished and with little chance of success on several other high-profile items.

The Missouri Constitution sets a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation.

Still pending on the final day are bills authorizing a bond issuance for public buildings and attempting to nullify certain federal gun-control laws.

But lawmakers already have enacted an income tax cut and passed complex measures overhauling the state's laws on criminal penalties and unaccredited school districts. The Republican-led legislature also has already voted to place a transportation sales tax on the ballot and lengthen Missouri's abortion waiting period.

Some Democratic priorities already have been written off, including a Medicaid expansion and the restoration of campaign contribution limits.

 


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