By Bob Katzen

The House 133-20, Senate 39-0, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of a provision that requires Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) skating rinks to remain open and staffed for the full rink season and that ice skating be available from September 1, 2022 to April 15, 2023. The provision also requires the MDC to prepare and submit reports to the House and Senate including the status of hiring for additional staffing levels; the staffing levels for the previous ten fiscal years; and the average staffing level at each park.

“I am striking this language because it is not consistent with my … recommendation and the required report is unduly burdensome,” said Baker in his veto message.

Supporters of overriding the veto said it is important to keep the rinks open as long as possible for the benefit of many residents who use them. They noted the required reports will ensure that there are appropriate staffing levels at the rinks.

(A “Yes” vote is for the rinks remaining open and for requiring the submission of the reports. A “No” vote is against the required rink openings and against requiring the reports.)

Rep. Christine Barber Yes Rep. Mike Connolly Yes Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven Yes Sen. Patricia Jehlen Yes

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