Ethics, abortion remain at end of Missouri Legislature

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Missouri lawmakers began the year with a call for new ethics laws.

And that call is still ringing as their annual session draws to a close.

Legislation enhancing Missouri's campaign finance and political ethics laws tops the to-do list Friday as lawmakers work toward a mandatory 6 p.m. adjournment.

Also lingering is an abortion bill expanding the information that clinics must provide to women at least 24 hours before performing an abortion.

Prospects for passage appear decent for the ethics and abortion bills.

But other measures appear unlikely to make it to Gov. Jay Nixon, including several intended to save money in the budget. Lawmakers have also stalled on rival measures seeking to expand business incentives or scale back Missouri's tax credits.

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