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Final push: Beacon Hill lawmakers in race to finish business

July 24, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Like students procrastinating on their term papers, Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing for a week of long days and possible late nights spent on unfinished work at the Statehouse.

Formal sessions that began in January 2017 — and included an early vote by legislators to raise their salaries — end on July 31. Only routine matters can be considered after that date.

Neither chamber took any significant votes on Tuesday while closed-door negotiations between the House and Senate continued on at least 10 major bills, including ones dealing with health care, education and clean energy.

Several dozen people gathered for a rally in an otherwise quiet state capitol, demanding that the Legislature act in the final days of the session on proposals that seek to offer immigrants more protections against deportation.

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