With the pivotal player having lymph nodes removed, the joint session of the Massachusetts legislature met only briefly and did not debate civil unions or anything. The Constitutional Convention folk recessed until August 24th. Then it will begin its agenda, including the ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage.
Senate President Robert Travaglini was in Mass Eye and Ear to have lymph nodes removed. His doctors said that was standard follow-up for thyroid cancer surgery he had four years ago. He expects to return to work next week. He will miss the Democratic Party convention this weekend.
In his absence Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry chaired the joint session. Bobby watched the Sox, which must have been a welcome and much lower stress way to spend the afternoon.