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Rare weekend sessions continue on Beacon Hill

With the current legislative session slated to end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, the Massachusetts House and Senate will both be working through the weekend. More overrides to Gov. Charlie Baker’s vetoes in the Fiscal 2017 budget are expected and several high-profile bills could be voted on.

The Providers’ Council and members who are providers of Competitive Integrated Employment Services have contacted legislators seeking to have language restored to the Employment Services line item that would guarantee funding at no less than Fiscal Year 2016 levels. The House and Senate would have to override the Governor’s veto of the wording to do so.  

Several key bills that are part of what Gov. Baker had termed “the big six,” are also expected to be finalized Saturday and Sunday, including an economic development bill and municipal finance bill. The Council and 16 other nonprofits oppose an amendment in the House version of the economic development bill that would require nonprofits to pay property taxes, going against state and federal law. 

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office announced earlier this week the House will gavel in a formal session Saturday at 11 a.m., with a Democratic caucus planned for 12:30 p.m. in Room A-1 and recorded votes beginning in the House chamber after 1:15 p.m. Sunday's formal session, the last scheduled formal of the year, will begin at 11 a.m., and plans for a caucus or starting time on roll calls will be announced from the rostrum during Saturday's session.

As of Friday morning, the Senate had not announced its weekend schedule beyond an informal session at 11 a.m. on Saturday.