Lawmakers Wade Through Sea of Pending Bills at Statehouse

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are expected to take votes on several measures including an August sales tax holiday as they begin the final week of the legislative session on Beacon Hill.

The House and Senate both plan formal meetings on Wednesday, along with a joint meeting to consider any proposed constitutional amendments. Legislators face a Tuesday deadline to complete action on dozens of major bills.

The Senate will consider adding language to an economic development bill that would suspend the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on most items during the weekend of Aug. 11-12. The House has approved a similar amendment.

Both chambers could also vote Wednesday to send Republican Gov. Charlie Baker compromise legislation to better protect consumers against data breaches, and a compromise bill promoting civics education in public schools.

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