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Senate Session Summary – Saturday July 11 2020

By July 11, 2020January 10th, 2021MassCOP and Police Reform

Senate Republicans insisted on more time to analyze and negotiate the branch’s nearly week-old police reform legislation, and the minority caucus again postponed consideration of the 73-page bill during a Saturday morning session. Debate might now start on Monday, when the Senate is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Sen. Will Brownsberger said during Saturday’s session that he didn’t mind the delay imposed by the GOP’s procedural motions which gave senators more time to mull over the wide-ranging legislation, but the Belmont Democrat added that “delay is the enemy of success” as lawmakers edge closer to the scheduled end of sessions on July 31. For the third consecutive day, Sen. Ryan Fattman made the motion to delay consideration, citing “the spirit of more time and the spirit of more dialogue.” The Sutton Republican’s two prior motions had been to table debate, although Saturday Fattman invoked a different request that will require the bill’s nearly 130 amendments to be published in the printed calendar for Monday’s session. – Sam Doran.

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