Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The Short-Lived Biennial Legislative Session System in Massachusetts
1939 was the first year the General Court began meeting every other year instead of annually (they met in 1939, 1941, and 1943). In 1942 (for six days) and 1944 (for 15 days) they held two special sessions that resulted in a handful of acts and resolves on particular subjects that required urgent attention. However, no session was held in 1940 and no legislation or other materials relating thereof was published during that year. The biennial session system was short-lived and in 1945, after a referendum vote, the General Court abandoned biennial sessions and once again began convening annually.
Much of this information, as well an overall history of the Massachusetts General Court, can be found in the title Leading the Way: a History of the Massachusetts General Court, 1629-1980 by Cornelius Dalton, et al., which is available in the State Library.