BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Six months into the new two-year legislative cycle and state lawmakers have yet to vote on any major bills.
State Representative John Velis (D-Westfield) thinks, “it’s moving along just fine. Most of us are down here every week going to committee hearings, pushing the bills through the process.”
A power struggle among top Democrats in the House and Senate could be to blame. The start of a new legislative session is typically slow, but even Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo admits this year is moving slower than most. He said, “for six years, I’ve had a streak of doing budgets by July 1st. Whether that’s going to continue or not, I’m not so sure.”
Budget negotiators have been hung up for weeks while trying to craft a single version of the state budget. The Governor signed a temporary $5.5 billion budget to keep state government up and running until they do. On Wednesday, the full Massachusetts House came together for the first time in nearly a month to approve non-controversial bills.
Southwick Republican Nick Bolydga told 22News, “it does seem like right now, it’s a lot slower than it has been and we could be doing a lot more work.”
State lawmakers are expected to recess the entire month of August, which means even less will get accomplished under the Golden Dome.