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Massachusetts lawmakers gear up for final push

BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up for the final two days of its formal session with a handful of major bills still awaiting action.
  
The 19-month session ends Thursday. Lawmakers can continue meet informally after that, but only to consider routine or non-controversial measures.
  
Among bills that are still pending is one calling for sweeping changes to the state's gun laws. House and Senate negotiators are trying to reach a compromise after the Senate stripped out a House-passed provision that would give police chiefs more discretion in issuing permits to own rifles and shotguns.
  
Other bills awaiting final action include a proposal to toughen domestic violence laws and a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs.
  
AP-WF-07-30-14 0738GMT