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As high school students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Fla., travel to the state Capitol to demand action on guns, lawmakers offered a glimpse of the battle they face.

In Tuesday's session, which opened with prayer for the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff were killed last week, Florida House lawmakers declined to open debate on a bill that would ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Illinois lawmakers will face high-profile issues in their six-day full session that begins Tuesday. Legislators will decide whether to reject vetoes by Governor Pat Quinn on expanded gambling, keeping prisons open and banning assault rifles. Quinn also rejected a plan to add five casinos in the state, but lawmakers hope to avoid overriding the veto and plant to negotiate a deal.