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Gov. Patrick begins reviewing several major bills

patrickDCFpresserBOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s pleased lawmakers were able to pass several major bills, but wants time to review them before deciding which to sign into law.

Patrick made his comments Friday morning just hours after lawmakers wrapping up work on their two-year formal session, blowing past a Thursday midnight deadline.

One bill would give police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable.

Another would make several changes to the state’s domestic violence laws, including providing up to 15 days of employment leave for victims.

Other bills given final approval would address the state’s substance abuse troubles and create a sales-tax-free holiday on the weekend of Aug. 16-17.

Patrick has 10 days to sign the bills.


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