WORCESTER, Mass. - Gov. Maura Healey signed her first bill into law Thursday night, establishing a sick leave bank for an employee of the Department of Children and Families.
State Rep. Jim O'Day (D-Worcester) wrote the bill and said it was for a long-time employee, who because of health reasons, ran out of sick time. He said now she will be able to maintain her home, among a lot of other things.
"Her first bill, her new administration, us as a commonwealth having our first woman governor, so it's all pretty cool," O'Day said. "We certainly hope she will recover from the medical work that she had to have done and the medical care she had to receive, which was out of state. I'm not even sure she knows yet that she's been approved. So, I'm sure once she hears that she will have a little more piece of mind."
O'Day said this bill was filed after all of the other bills for their upcoming session, so he had to do some extra work to get the bill taken out of order and moved to the front of the line.