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Originally published Monday, October 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

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Mass. lays off Legislative Document workers

Massachusetts' financial crisis has taken a toll on a Statehouse institution.

The Associated Press

BOSTON —

Massachusetts' financial crisis has taken a toll on a Statehouse institution.

Workers in the four-member Legislative Document Room were laid off on Monday. It was not immediately clear how many in the group were let go.

The office is a repository for bills and laws, as well as other paperwork emanating from the legislative process. But its role has been severely undercut by the advent of the Internet and electronic record keeping.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray confirmed the layoffs as they headed into their weekly leadership meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick.

Last week, the governor's office revealed a total of 726 Executive Branch employees had been laid off during four rounds of budget-cutting the past year.

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