As its formal session barreled toward a close early Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed broad changes to how the state targets the opioid epidemic, but it failed to reach deals on major legislation addressing health care and the state’s school funding formula.
The success — and death — of several closely watched pieces of legislation buffeted state lawmakers’ dash to wrap any remaining formal business from the past 19 months.
The Legislature brushed aside its own rules to cast votes more than an hour past its midnight deadline to finish off several measures, including passing a sprawling economic development bond bill with language limiting noncompete agreements.
But while the chambers pecked away at scores of lesser legislation, negotiators conceded they couldn’t agree on how to reconcile two disparate health care bills passed by the House and Senate, ending talks around 11 p.m. Legislators also fell short of consensus on how to overhaul the state’s formula for doling out funds to schools after meeting for the last week behind closed doors.
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