Lawmakers meeting this weekend as time runs out on session

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers plan to hold rare weekend meetings as they try to beat a deadline for approving several major pieces of legislation before the curtain falls on the 2015-2016 session.

Bills that would reshape the state’s energy future, regulate popular ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and revamp the way cities and towns manage their affairs are among those awaiting completion by the House and Senate, which are scheduled to convene Saturday and again on Sunday.

Lawmakers are forced to work over the weekend because most activity on Beacon Hill ground to a halt the past two weeks while many attended their respective national party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

By rule, the Legislature must end formal meetings no later than July 31. Only routine or non-contested bills can be considered for the remainder of the year.

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