- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers had a deadline of 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation during their annual session. Here’s a look at some of the bills that passed and others that failed:

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WHAT PASSED:

ABORTION

Triples the amount of time a woman must wait to get an abortion after seeing a doctor to 72 hours, from the current 24 hours. Pending before Gov. Jay Nixon. HB1307.

BUDGET

Creates a two-tiered funding plan for education in the 2015 budget, providing public schools at least a $115 million increase and potentially a $278 million increase if state revenues meet Nixon’s more optimistic projections. The budget also boosts funding for higher education and restores some Medicaid benefits cut in 2005, authorizes funding for a new state mental health hospital in Fulton. Pending before Nixon. HBs 2001-2013.

COMMON CORE

Sets up a panel of educators to rewrite student achievement standards for English, math, science and history. New goals would replace Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 other states. Pending before Nixon. HB1490.

SCHOOL TRANSFERS

Revises a state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer elsewhere at their former district’s expense. Allows the potential for local taxpayer dollars to be used for students to transfer to nonreligious private schools in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. Pending before Nixon. SB493.

CRIMINAL CODE

Rewrites the state’s criminal laws for the first time since 1979 and creates new classes of felonies and misdemeanors while also reducing penalties for some drug crimes. Nixon allowed the bill to become law without his signature. SB491

ELECTIONS

Asks voters whether to authorize a six-day early voting period before elections. Referred to ballot. HJR90. Changes Missouri’s presidential primary to March instead of February. Pending before Nixon. SB892.

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