Legislative countdown: Abortion bill becomes law

Senate overrides Baker veto by 32-78 vote

THE LEGISLATURE’S abortion bill became law on Tuesday after the Senate joined the House in overriding Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto.

The new law lowers from 18 to 16 the age at which a woman can terminate a pregnancy without receiving approval from a parent, guardian, or judge. The law also expands when women can terminate pregnancies after 24 months.

The Senate overrode the governor’s veto by a 32-8 vote. The House did the same on Monday by a 107-46 vote.

Session expires January 5: What else is pending?

Three conference committees set up to resolve differences between House and Senate bills have reached no agreements yet.

Transportation bond – Sent to conference July 23, 2020. To learn more, click here.

Economic development – Sent to conference July 30, 2020. To learn more, click here.

Climate change – Sent to conference August 6, 2020. To learn more, click here.

What’s on the governor’s desk?

Police reform legislation – the governor has said he will sign it. (Senate 2963) To learn more, click here.

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Bruce Mohl

Editor, CommonWealth

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Health care legislation, with a special focus on telehealth (Senate 2984) To learn more, click here.

Legislation restricting the use of flame retardants. (House 4900)