Legislative Session Ends with Round of Finger-pointing

massachusetts-state-house-300x198BOSTON (AP) — When Republican Gov. Charlie Baker begins filing legislation in the next session, Senate President Stan Rosenberg wants half of the bills filed in the Senate and half in the House.

The proposal reflects the frayed relations between the two Statehouse chambers.

There are always some power struggles between House and Senate leaders — tensions that can grow more intense in the final days of the formal session, which ended last weekend.

But instead of breaking out in the final weeks of the 19-month session, the tug-of-war between Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, began at the very start of the session back in January 2015.

Those tensions show little signs of abating as lawmakers prepare for a new two-year session beginning in January.

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