Nine Issues to Watch Over The Next Nine Days
7/22/20 7:00 AM
Some call it building consensus and others see it as just plain old procrastination. It's mid-July in an election year and in Massachusetts that means that some of the most important bills of the session are unfinished. Some are close to final passage while others, despite groundswells of support, are faltering. At this stage of the session, lawmakers are usually hashing out final compromises in conference committees, drawing from proposals approved in either branch. This year, due in part to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, many priority bills haven't made it to the conference stages yet legislative leaders still believe they may coalesce around proposals. Here are nine bills to keep an eye on as lawmakers grind closer to the July 31 end of formal sessions for 2020.
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