Quietly, informally, Massachusetts lawmakers continue work

During informal sessions, all it takes is a single member of either party to object and a bill is stopped in its tracks.

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents would be forgiven for believing the Legislature had essentially closed out its 2015-16 session over the summer with a flurry of last-minute votes on several major bills.

Under legislative rules, formal meetings ended on July 31. Yet quietly and largely out of public view, work continues informally in the House and Senate chambers on a wide variety of bills, many of consequence to people, businesses and local communities around the state.

Typically only a handful of lawmakers are present for informal sessions. No debate occurs and roll calls aren’t taken. Informal sessions aren’t televised or streamed live on the Legislature’s website.

During informal sessions, all it takes is a single member of either party to object and a bill is stopped in its tracks.

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