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First-term Mass. state legislator reflects on marathon end to legislative session

Paul Tuthill
State Rep. Orlando Ramos, Democrat of Springfield.

Facing a deadline, they accomplished a lot, said State Rep. Orlando Ramos

Like students staying up all night to finish a term paper on deadline, the Massachusetts legislature this week held a marathon 22-hour final formal session.

It has become routine now for legislators to procrastinate over major bills that have been in the works for months or even years, strike deals, and then race to hold final votes in the wee hours of the night.

State Rep. Orlando Ramos – a Springfield Democrat elected in 2020 – got to experience it first-hand for the first time. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.