BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to meet to continue working on a series of bills awaiting final votes before the end of the Legislature’s formal session.
One bill expected to come up for debate Wednesday in the House would repeal a number of antiquated state laws, including one banning abortion.
The repeal is seen as a hedge against possible future rulings by a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate has already approved the measure.
Other bills awaiting action would regulate and tax short-term rentals offered by websites like Airbnb. Another would raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Lawmakers still need to approve a new state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
The Legislature’s formal session ends July 31.
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