Lawmakers working weekends as legislative session nears end

Bills on non-compete agreements and ride-hailing regulation hope to be finalized and passed

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The House and Senate scheduled Saturday and Sunday formal sessions to accommodate lawmakers who had to travel to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Many of them have already returned to Massachusetts, and are preparing for two long days of debate this weekend.

State lawmakers have a lot of bills to consider in very little time. The House and Senate are trying to get an economic development bill to Governor Baker’s desk, along with legislation to restrict the use of non-compete agreements. Possible regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are also up for consideration.

These are complicated issues, and lawmakers like State Rep. Aaron Vega have just hours to review these proposals before they go up for a vote. “The reality is that conference committees need to come out and reports need to come out by 8 p.m. the day before,” he told 22News. “And we can’t vote on it until 1 p.m. so it does leave a little bit of time to review. The concern is to make sure we know what’s changed.”

Both the House and Senate plan to hold formal sessions this weekend. 22News will be here on Sunday bringing you the latest coverage as lawmakers wrap up the formal session.

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