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DeLeo Considering Calling Members Back to Pass Rules

Black tape lines were spaced six feet apart on the marble floor outside the House Chamber on Friday. The tape marks, along with signs encouraging social distancing, ran past the governor's office, down the stairs, to the edge of Memorial Hall. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

House Speaker Robert DeLeo is making preparations to call Democrats back to Beacon Hill to pass a package of emergency rules over the objection of Republican lawmakers in what would be a last-resort measure to force through the changes needed to allow members to vote on legislation remotely, a House source familiar with the planning told the News Service.

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