Massachusetts lawmakers to reach agreement on pandemic policy extensions

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The State of Emergency in Massachusetts is set to expire at midnight, leaving a lot of unresolved business for lawmakers on Beacon Hill.

There’s been a lot of back and forth on this issue, but with time running out, it looks like lawmakers will have to scramble to extend popular pandemic-related measures.

When the state of emergency ends, so will many of the policies that were put in place during the pandemic. Business owners and members of the public have reached out to lawmakers to say they want to see certain policies stick around.

Like the extension of outdoor dining spaces and the ability for restaurants to serve cocktails to go.

“I think these are going to want to see continue on a go forward basis, and I think that’s part of the reason why both we and the legislature feel a certain amount of pressure,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

House lawmakers met briefly Monday, but they decided to end their session before approving the extension.

Gov. Baker said he is still hopeful that the House and Senate will reach an agreement in a timely manner.

We tried to interview several lawmakers for this story but many of the members we reached out to were tied up in negotiations.

So, all hope is not lost on this issue.

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