Bills on massage therapists, inmate confinement signed by Patrick

Governor leaves office on Thursday

Deval Patrick
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (State House News Service) – Gov. Deval Patrick has signed bills allowing massage therapists to advertise electronically and largely prohibiting the confinement of inmates with a serious mental illness in a segregated unit. His press office said Tuesday evening that the governor, who leaves office this week, signed those two bills (H 4551 and H 4545) into law and three others that repeal the Lowell financial conditions act (H 4550); cover property and casualty actuarial opinions and reports (H 4323); and authorize Provincetown to designate a check-off box on its tax bills (H 4534). The House and Senate are due back at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The new Legislature is slated to be sworn in on Wednesday, a day before Charlie Baker assumes the Corner Office from Patrick. Legislation on the governor’s desk includes:

— S 2277 clarifying the definition of a personal care attendant
— S 2306 regulating notaries public to protect consumers and the validity and effectiveness of recorded instruments
— S 979 exempting the Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board membership from conflict of interest regarding discussion of shellfish licensing
— S 2121 further regulating town meeting notices
— S 2363 authorizing the appointment of special police officers in the town of Dartmouth
— S 2382 authorizing certain investments by the Treasurer of the city of Peabody
— S 2412 authorizing the town of Falmouth to expend borrowed funds to offset certain costs associated with the installation of low pressure pumps on private property in the little pond sewer service area
— H 4175 relative to parking violations in the town of Wellfleet
— H 4511 validating the actions taken at a certain state election in the town of Mattapoisett
— S 2418 establishing a sick leave bank for Marc Glazebrook, an employee of the Department of Correction
— S 2043 designating a certain bridge in the town of Barre as the U.S.N. S2/C Basil D. Izzi Memorial Bridge

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