There was a strange scene at the State House on Tuesday night: Everywhere you looked, people were passing bills. Suddenly, an institution that often drawls howls of protest for its grindingly slow approach to legislating looked like the most efficient workplace in America. Pages in blue jackets darted through the marble halls, shuttling papers between the House and Senate. Lobbyists swarmed the chamber doors, buttonholing lawmakers. And legislators voted on bill after bill, as they scrambled to get as much done as possible before their two-year legislative session ended just after midnight.
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