- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the weekend meetings of the Massachusetts Legislature as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2015-2016 session (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a wide-ranging bill that seeks to make local government more efficient.

The so-called municipal modernization bill, slated for a final vote in both chambers Sunday, is designed to give cities and towns more flexibility to manage their own affairs.

The compromise bill Saturday did not, however, include a Senate-backed provision that would give communities more control over the granting of liquor licenses.



Talks continued on other major legislation, and legislative leaders remained hopeful that agreements could be reached on other measures before the midnight Sunday deadline for ending formal legislative sessions.

Proposals to reshape the state’s energy future and regulate ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft were among the measures hanging in the balance.

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4 p.m.

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that would create a system of paid family and medical leave for all workers in the state.

Under the bill passed Saturday, employers would be required to provide up to 16 weeks of paid leave for family care, such as the birth of a child, and up to 26 weeks of paid disability leave.

It’s unclear whether the measure will be taken up by the House before the Legislature ends formal sessions for the year on Sunday.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo told reporters after a Democratic caucus Saturday that he remained “hopeful” that House and Senate negotiators could reach agreement on several major bills before the deadline.

Proposals to reshape the state’s energy future and regulate ride-hailing companies were among the measures hanging in the balance.

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12:45 p.m.

Massachusetts lawmakers are holding a rare weekend session as they try to beat a deadline for action on major bills pending before the Legislature.

The House met briefly Saturday morning before Democrats went into a closed-door caucus. Senate Democrats also held a morning caucus.

Negotiations over several major bills had not produced any compromises by midday. Those bills include proposals to reshape the state’s energy future and regulate ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. They are considered priorities by both the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Lawmakers are working over the weekend after most activity on Beacon Hill ground to a halt while many attended their respective national party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

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12:21 a.m.

Massachusetts lawmakers plan to hold rare weekend meetings as they try to beat a deadline for approving several major pieces of legislation before the curtain falls on the 2015-2016 session.

Bills that would reshape the state’s energy future, regulate popular ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and revamp the way cities and towns manage their affairs are among those awaiting completion by the House and Senate, which are scheduled to convene Saturday and again on Sunday.

Lawmakers are forced to work over the weekend because most activity on Beacon Hill ground to a halt the past two weeks while many attended their respective national party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

By rule, the Legislature must end formal meetings no later than July 31. Only routine or non-contested bills can be considered for the remainder of the year.

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