Massachusetts lawmakers move forward with plans to extend session

WNYT Staff
Created: August 04, 2020 11:45 AM

The Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed to extend this year's legislative session.

The legislature met every day last week to get as much done as they could before breaking for a short time.

Both branches were able to pass a police reform bill, but the Conference Committee has not agreed on a final version.

The state budget is also pending.  Lawmakers said it would depend on the money they get from the federal government.

Rep. Aaron Vega spoke with NewsChannel 13’s NBC affiliate in Springfield.

“The two things that we’re waiting to look at when crafting the FY21 budget would be what the federal support, what kind of money is going to come in from the federal government whether it will go directly to municipalities or to the state or to cover educations costs and then of course what tax revenues look like,” Rep. Vega said.  

State legislators aren't expected to meet this month, but they are preparing to return in September ready to draft a budget.

They said they're hoping that by then they'll have more support from Washington.

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