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Mass. Lawmakers Recess Constitutional Convention

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A joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature to consider abolishing the Governor's Council and other proposed constitutional amendments has ended almost as quickly as it began.

Senate President Therese Murray gaveled the constitutional convention to order shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Moments later, a motion to recess until July 13 was approved on a voice vote. The quick adjournment was expected and doesn't rule out action later.

A number of lawmakers have voiced support for a constitutional amendment to abolish the elected Governor's Council and transfer its functions to the Senate or independent commission.

The eight-member council traces its origins back to colonial government. Its primary function is to approve judicial nominations.

Constitutional amendments must win approval from two consecutive Legislatures before they can be put before voters.

This program aired on May 11, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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