BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Patrick’s time at the State House is coming to a close, but there are still bills on his desk waiting for his signature.
However, the Governor is wasting no time during his final days in office. He signed a bill into law on Monday that would prohibit mentally-ill inmates from being kept in solitary confinement for more than a month.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep Ruth Balser told 22News “In the case of someone who’s ill, that’s just a horrible thing and it would make the person much, much sicker.” Patrick has until Wednesday to sign other bills, mostly local or non-controversial, into law.
Lobbyists could be seen lingering outside of the Senate chambers around 4:45pm Tuesday as state lawmakers send last-minute bills to the Governor’s desk. Any bills that he hasn’t taken action on before leaving office will die.
The constitution also requires Governor Patrick to adjust state lawmakers’ base pay to changes in median household income. His administration is expected to release the changes Wednesday.
Governor’s scheduled to take his lone walk around the State House Wednesday afternoon.