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Gun Rights, Abortion, Marijuana Top Oklahoma Issues

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gun rights, abortion and legalizing marijuana are some of the social issues expected to stir debate during the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature.

In an election year, Republicans who control the Legislature are expected to promote bills they believe are supported by conservative voters. The marijuana legalization bill was filed by Democratic Senator Constance Johnson and would regulate and tax marijuana in the state.

Bills that supporters say will strengthen Oklahomans' right to carry firearms have been filed in the House and Senate. One by Sen. Nathan Dahm would allow citizens to carry firearms without a license.

Legislation filed by Representative Randy Grau would require caregivers to notify women considering an abortion after their fetus was diagnosed with a terminal condition that perinatal hospice services are available as an alternative.