State lawmakers preparing to head back to Beacon Hill

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The State House and Senate met for an informal session on Monday. That’s when lawmakers take up mostly local, non-controversial bills.

State lawmakers have been off Beacon Hill for the past few weeks for August recess. It’s a month when they can focus on constituent issues, draft legislation and spend time off with their families.

Some state lawmakers have stopped by the building to meet with advocacy groups and to pick up their mail, but 22News hasn’t seen many lawmakers from western Massachusetts. When the full House and Senate return to Beacon Hill in September, updating the state’s decades-old public records law could be the first issue on the agenda.

It may have been a quiet month at the State House, but House Minority Leader Brad Jones explains why that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “I think you can make a fair argument that maybe we shouldn’t be judged so much on the quantity of laws you pass, as opposed to the quality of laws that you pass. Some people would also argue that passing less laws is actually a good thing.”

House and Senate leaders have yet to schedule a formal session for the month of September.

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