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January 1, 2013

With eyes on Washington, Beacon Hill lawmakers busy on New Year's Eve


With the 187th General Court on schedule to dissolve in the coming hours, bills shipped by the Legislature to Patrick’s desk in recent days faced a new option, the pocket veto. The pocket veto results when a governor opts against signing a bill within 10 days following the prorogation or the dissolution of the General Court. Normally, if a governor opts against signing a bill within the 10 days allotted for review, it becomes law without his signature.

The 188th General Court begins tomorrow morning when returning members of the Legislature will join 16 new House members and three new senators to be sworn in.

State House News Service writer Matt Murphy contributed to this report.

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