Why is all of this a good thing? All of these convolutions allow those interested in this legislation to ensure that a consensus is reached that incorporates the interests of all concerns.
It clearly requires people who have a deep understanding of the process. Fortunately for our bill, Speaker Dimasi and Representative Balser have that understanding and were able to shepard this bill past the midnight deadline. And we still have a shot.
The Speaker closed the session by having everyone give themselves a round of applause. They earned it, and I hope that they had a good party in the Berkshires (Governor Patrick hosted a party in the Berkshires). Despite the end of the session, they still have some work to do. We will keep you posted.