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Mass. lawmakers facing procedural deadline to advance routine legislation this session

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BOSTON — There has been no significant flurry of activity on Beacon Hill despite a deadline for legislative committees to make recommendations on the thousands of bills now before them.

Several of the committees have instead been granted extensions from Wednesday's deadline. The Judiciary Committee, for example, has been given until June 30 to act on several key bills. The panel has been without a House chairman since former Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty resigned to take a post in Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration.

The Education Committee has delayed action until next week on a bill that would allow more urban charter schools.

A House panel is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10.50 per hour over three years and also make changes in the unemployment insurance system.

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