"IN A MARATHON all night session, the Massachusetts Legislature finally finished many of their key priorities of the 2021-2022 legislative session, even as one key priority – tax reform – remained undone. They passed bills on equity in the cannabis industry, legalizing sports betting, and tightening gun licensing laws in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling. While lawmakers typically go into the wee hours of the morning when concluding formal sessions on July 31, in a highly unusual move, this year’s Legislature not only worked through the night but was still going as the Monday workday began.“The final bill comes before us for its passage,” House Speaker Ron Mariano intoned just before 7 a.m. before breaking into an unscripted comment. “Easier said than done,” he added. "
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|Massachusetts House Speaker Ron Mariano takes a call in the entryway to the House chamber on the final day of formal sessions on July 31, 2022. | Lisa Kashinsky/POLITICO|