Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Yesterday I released the following statement regarding the anticipated signing of Melissa’s Bill into law by Governor Patrick (posted below is a video of the media availability that I held with Representative Hill, members of the legislature, Les Gosule, and Chuck Maguire):
“Signing the habitual offender bill into law has always been the right thing to do, and I’m glad to hear that the governor will, at long last, take that action. Persistence and dedication among those who have remained committed to public safety in our Commonwealth have brought us to an important point in the challenging life of this legislation, and I look forward to the governor’s signature on it as soon as possible.
The signing of this bill means that the deaths of Melissa Gosule and Officer Jack Maguire did not go unrecognized, and that we have taken action to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening again. The hard work that Les Gosule and Chuck Maguire undertook to secure the passage of this bill into law has been tremendous, and the citizens of the Commonwealth owe them a great debt of gratitude. When the governor’s pen makes this bill a law, it will be a great victory for public safety. This law will save lives.”