The State We’re In: Rep. Joe Wagner on Legislating During COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact our lives in every way. In Massachusetts, more than 9,000 people have died from the coronavirus. More than 125,000 have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. 

To combat COVID-19, Governor Charlie Baker has put state-wide restrictions in place, including a mask mandate and capacity rules. On Beacon Hill, the virus has impacted how the legislature works.  

Six weeks ago, the House and Senate extended their formal sessions beyond the traditional July 31 end date. And, some key pieces of legislation remain in conference committee, waiting to be presented to the full chambers.  

Representative Joe Wagner is the assistant House Majority Leader. He joined Connecting Point’s Ray Hershel to talk about how COVID-19 is impacting the legislative process.