Historic legislative session to continue beyond traditional deadline – Lowell Sun

Both branches of the Massachusetts Legislature reached a final agreement Thursday to scrap the end-of-July deadline that the House and Senate for decades have imposed on themselves to complete formal business in the second year of their two-year sessions. Virtually every legislative session ends after a rush to wrap up work on complex — and, often, procrastinated — bills, and after experiencing an unprecedented disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak that hit Massachusetts in March, legislative leaders opted to give themselves more time and flexibility to complete critical work.

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