Lawmakers Begin Final Rush to Adjournment on Beacon Hill

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Legislature is beginning what promises to be the hectic final days of its formal 2017-2018 session, with many key proposals still hanging in the balance.

House and Senate leaders are scheduled to meet privately with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, and lawmakers have been put on notice that they could meet each day — including Saturday and Sunday — through July 31.

Under legislative rules, the House and Senate may continue meeting informally after July 31, but only to consider non-controversial matters.

During this week’s final flurry of activity, the Senate plans a leadership shuffle. Democratic Sen. Karen Spilka is expected to be elected Senate President on Thursday, succeeding Harriette Chandler.

Chandler took over in December after former President Stan Rosenberg stepped aside amid an ethics probe.

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