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ADJOURNED 'til Thursday at 11 a.m. (informal)


By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 14, 2019.....Ten minutes after the Joint Committee on Housing hearing was supposed to start Tuesday morning, a court officer approached Rep. William Crocker and asked the legislator, with three empty seats between him and his nearest colleague, "Feeling lonely?"

Colin Ahern, special assistant to the governor, stood in the doorway of an at-capacity State House meeting room which was packed for a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

It wasn't that Crocker's colleagues hadn't reported for work Tuesday, but rather that there was so much going on in the State House that lawmakers, lobbyists, activists, reporters and staffers found themselves trying to be in several places at once, an increasingly familiar feeling on Tuesdays at the State House.

"It is a busy day around the State House," Rep. William Straus said as he opened a hearing of the Transportation Committee. Other committee chairs echoed that sentiment at the outset of their own hearings as they explained that some lawmakers would have to leave one committee hearing to testify at another.

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