Baker, lawmakers look ahead to the next formal session

The legislature will hold informal sessions a twice a week for the rest of the year

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to reporters outside his office at the Statehouse, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (WWLP) — After a jam-packed weekend on Beacon Hill, state lawmakers ended the formal legislative session by sending four new bills to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk. Many controversial proposals didn’t make the cut. Governor Baker told 22News he’s going to start looking into next year’s priorities soon.

He said, “Give us a couple of weeks to work through the rest of the session before we start talking about the next one, but you’re right. That is certainly something that we’re going to spend some time talking about in August and September.”

House and Senate negotiators failed, this year, to agree on how to restrict the use of non-compete agreements. Critics say non-competes stifle innovation and entrepreneurship in Massachusetts.

Springfield state Representative Carlos Gonzalez told 22News his first full term in the House was a learning experience. If elected again in November, his top priority would be growing small businesses.

“I think microbusiness development is key and essential to especially inner cities, and creating more job opportunities for inner city residents. I think that’s going to be one of my main issues, and how to really look at poverty,” said Rep. Gonzalez, a Democrat from Springfield.

The legislature will continue to hold informal sessions a twice a week for the rest of the year.

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