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Saturday Votes Scheduled As Legislative Session Nears The End

The Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts Legislature is holding a rare formal session Saturday.

Votes have been scheduled in the House and Senate on a compromise pay equity bill and overrides of some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget vetoes.

The weekend work is because formal sessions are not being held on the days of the national political conventions. The legislative session ends July 31st.  

State Senator Eric Lesser said there is not much time left to tackle major bills dealing with energy policy, job stimulus, and regulating ride-sharing companies.

"We have several big planes to land, so to speak.  Some very complicated, very significant bills," said Lesser Friday. " I do think most of them will pass and we will get it done."

Legislation not passed this session can be reintroduced in January 2017.

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