Busy offseason for state legislators

It may be quiet at the State House during summer months, but bills are still moving through legislature

BOSTON (WWLP) – The informal legislative session is in full swing. 22News explains what goes on under the Golden Dome during the off-months.

It may be quiet at the State House during the summer months, but bills are still moving through the legislature. A few House and Senate members meet on every week to move non-controversial bills to the Governor’s desk.

Governor Patrick can veto a bill, which effectively kills its chances of becoming law, or he could send the bill back to the legislature with suggested changes. If the Governor returns a bill, state lawmakers have until the end of the informal session to make those changes.

Sen. Don Humason of Westfield told 22News, “The new legislation session begins on the first Wednesday of 2015. So bills are still alive until Tuesday the night before. Anything that doesn’t get passed has to be refilled for the new session.”

State lawmakers could also override the Governor’s veto with two-thirds of the approval from both chambers, but that is unlikely because it would require a complete roll call vote.

Some 6,000 bills were filed this legislative session alone.

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