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Mass. Lawmakers Try to Reach Decision on Bills Before Midnight Deadline

Any bills not passed during the current session will have to be resubmitted in January



    (Published Sunday, July 31, 2016)

    Massachusetts lawmakers spent all day Sunday at the state house trying to reach decisions on several bills before a midnight deadline.

    "I liken it to a book report due the next day and all of a sudden we have to cram for it the night before to get it done, and that's what we're going to right now," said Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. Brad Hill.

    On the docket, the transportation bill which would closely regulate ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

    "The main focus of the bill is public safety," said Hill. "We want to make sure that when you get into a vehicle, that you feel safe and that the driver that's driving you is someone of good standing. And that's our main focus — public safety for these people."

    Earlier in the day, a municipal modernization bill was moved to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.

    "It gives power back to our local communities and the effort was to streamline through the bureaucratic red tape — pieces of government that were identified as the Lt. Governor went into our communities and asked, 'what is it that we can do in government to help you, in the local communities,'" said Rep. Keiko Orrall.

    Any bills not passed during this session will have to wait until January to be resubmitted.

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