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Missouri Senate overrides veto, birth control bill moves forward

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have overriden a veto of legislation expanding religious exemptions from insurance coverage for birth control.

But the new Missouri law is quickly being hit with a lawsuit.

The Senate voted 26-6 and the House 109-45 on Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the legislation. Many provisions in the new law will take effect immediately, though some parts will kick in 30 days from now.

Later Wednesday, an attorney for the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women said it was seeking an injunction against the measure. Among other things, the lawsuit claims the Missouri measure conflicts with President Barack Obama's health care law, which requires insurers to cover contraception.

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