Friday, August 5, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: "Baker vetoes prison moratorium"

"GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Thursday vetoed a five-year moratorium on new prison construction, citing concerns that it would constrain the state from moving forward with several planned prison improvement projects. The moratorium was included in a $5.1 billion bond bill for projects related to government operations, which Baker signed.

“These improvements require facility modifications that will require not only funding, but the allowance of discretion in how existing facilities are used – or not used,” Baker wrote in his signing letter."
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The full list of legislation acted upon by Gov Baker on Thursday

Legislation Acted Upon by the Governor - August 4, 2022:

Bill #

Bill Title




An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth

Governor Baker

Signed in part – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to a purchase option on a University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth leased facility in New Bedford (FY23 attach Y)

Governor Baker

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to a certain parcel of land in the town of Townsend

Rep. Kim Ferguson, Sen. Anne Gobi

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act authorizing the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to release easements upon certain real property in the town of Canton

Rep. William Galvin, Sen. Walter Timilty

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to the governance, structure and care of veterans at the Commonwealth’s veterans’ homes

Rep. Linda Dean Campbell and Sen. Anne Gobi

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act further regulating the enforcement of illegal hunting practices

Rep. Lori Ehrlich, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to taking or transmitting images of crime victims by first responders

Rep. Joseph Wagner and Sen. Eric Lesser

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to regular compensation for certain retirees and active retirement system members

Rep. Paul McMurtry and Rep. Colleen Garry

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel in the Roxbury section of the city of Boston

Rep. Elizabeth Malia

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act protecting research animals

Rep. Carolyn Dykema

Signed – 8/4/2022

MCI-Shirley, a medium and minimum security state prison. (Photo by Department of Correction)
MCI-Shirley, a medium and minimum security state prison. (Photo by Department of Correction)

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