Theatrics outside a courthouse, calls from the federal delegation and a last-ditch legislative Hail Mary weren’t enough to bring lawmakers back to the State House to act on a bill to extend an eviction and foreclosure ban set to expire on Saturday.

“This was a last-ditch effort … but it’s disappointing,” state Rep. Mike Connolly said after lawmakers — by their inaction — decided to allow the clock on the moratorium to run out.

The Cambridge Democrat was able to get a bill to extend the temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures passed in the House, but it didn’t vote until the Senate had already adjourned for the weekend. Connolly’s bill sought to circumvent the typical process and trigger an immediate floor vote — something that required approval by both houses.

State Sen. Pat Jehlen, who is sponsoring twin legislation in the Senate, said housing advocates’ last hope now lies with Gov. Charlie Baker who has the statutory power to extend the moratorium.

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