State lawmakers turn their focus to re-election

Massachusetts House Chamber

BOSTON (WWLP) – The formal legislative session may have come to an end, but according to state lawmakers, the work does not stop there.

“About 40% of all bills that go to the Governor actually go after the end of formal session,” said Chicopee State Representative Joe Wagner.

A small fraction of the Massachusetts House and Senate will now meet twice a week until January for informal sessions to advance non-controversial bills, but any one lawmaker can strike it down.

This is a re-election year; many lawmakers will take the next three months to work on their campaigns.

“I’ve gone out and tried to always knock on 5-thousand doors minimum every year. I’m going to hit that goal this year; I’ve already been knocking on doors,” said State Representative Nick Boldyga (R-Southwick).

Candidates running unopposed told 22News they have work to do as well.

“I’d also be lending help to my colleagues who maybe are in contested races, to go to their districts and help door knock, so we look forward to this ‘break’ as it were, but it’s still going to be a very busy time,” said Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega.

State elections are set for November 4.

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