Monday, July 30, 2012

Representative Bradford Hill’s Statement on Rejection of Governor Patrick’s Amendment to Melissa’s Bill

Representative Bradford R. Hill (R-Ipswich) issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ rejection of Governor Patrick’s amendment to Melissa’s Bill:

"Although I am pleased that the House of Representatives resoundingly rejected the amendment offered by Governor Patrick to Melissa’s Bill, I also understand that this is the first step in a complicated process that will play out over the next 24 hours as we await the Governor’s response.

By offering this amendment, which is entirely unacceptable to the House, the Governor further solidifies his position on the wrong side of public safety as it relates to repeat offenders of the most heinous crimes.

What remains abundantly clear is that the House of Representatives, the Senate and the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts want this bill to be signed into law as is – without any further amendments.”