State legislators take a break in August

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – State lawmakers are off on a month-long break in August. There won’t be any formal sessions so any controversial pieces of legislation are on hold for right now.

State lawmakers typically hold a formal session once every week or so, but that won’t happen in August. The majority of the Western Massachusetts lawmakers will likely not make the drive to the State House until next month.

Noncontroversial bills that don’t require a full roll call vote will still appear in the House and Senate. Otherwise, it’s going to be a very quiet month on Beacon Hill.

22News managed to find two lawmakers who were in the building today. South Boston Democrat Nick Collins said that less work isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “More business being done at the State House can be a good thing and sometimes more business being done at the State House can be a not so good thing.”

And State Rep. Paul McMurty of Dedham told 22News “Now, with the summer months, it’s a little bit of a break for us to focus on some of our constituent matters and catch up on some of our legislative priorities.”

When lawmakers come back in September, one of their first priorities will be updating the state’s decades-old public records law.

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