Beacon Hill lawmakers have opportunity to move bills

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The Legislature has the opportunity to move bills before the end of the calendar year as long as no one objects during twice-a-week informal sessions.

The Legislature’s next two-year session starts January 2, 2019.

That means lawmakers can still file legislation through the close of business, January 1.

Between now and then, State Representative Joe Wagner told 22News, for him, it’s a game of catch up meeting with people in Chicopee and Boston.

He’s currently working on home rule legislation to help Chicopee bring together a Water and Sewer Commission by this fall.

State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz last week told 22News, she expects no public education funding to get passed during informal sessions.

“I think that this issue is dead for the remainder of this term. Since our formal legislative sessions are over, the only things that could move during informal sessions that happen between now and the end of the calendar year are non-controversial legislation,” said Chang-Diaz.

Lawmakers also left a number of unfinished bills, like allowing residents to list their gender as “X” on a driver’s license.

Wagner told 22News, any objection to a bill would stop it from moving forward.

Lawmakers spend more time in August in their districts.

Wagner said a lot of his time will be spent on sports betting so it can hit the ground running in January.

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