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Missouri Lawmakers Face Friday Deadline to Pass Bills

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The Missouri State Senate is expected to send the bill to the House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Missouri lawmakers are entering their final day of work with time running short for contentious bills on guns, abortions and taxes.

The Missouri Constitution sets a 6 p.m. Friday deadline for lawmakers to pass bills. That typically creates a fast-paced finale. But it makes it easier for opponents to block bills.

Measures expanding gun rights and further restricting abortions are facing opposition from some lawmakers. Also lingering is a proposal asking voters to raise the fuel tax by nearly 6 cents a gallon for roads and bridges.

Some measures already have been defeated, including ones legalizing medical marijuana and allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding-related services to same-sex couples.

Others already have become law, including several new ethics measures and a change to the school funding formula.

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