BOSTON – Malden State Representative Steven Ultrino’s first bill as a freshman legislator was signed into law last week. H. 3194, “An Act Amending the Composition of the Stadium and Athletic Field Commission in the City of Malden,” was signed by Governor Baker and submitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office Thursday evening.
“It seems fitting that my first bill to be signed into law so directly helps Malden,” said Representative Ultrino. “It’s been great working with the rest of the Malden delegation to improve our city charter and prepare for our summer athletic season."
This bill is the first home-rule petition sponsored by a new representative to be signed into law this year. The bill first passed the House in early April and the Senate earlier this month. It was introduced by Representative Ultrino and co-sponsored by all of Malden’s state legislative delegation, which includes Senator Jason Lewis, Representative Paul Donato, and Representative Paul Brodeur.
The bill changes the make-up of the board that oversees the stadium and athletic fields in Malden. While the original board was set out in 1946, it has been amended several times since then to reflect the changes in local and school governance. The new board includes the mayor or a designee, the high school principal, the high school athletic director, Malden’s recreation coordinator, and three residents. The previous board make-up made it difficult to schedule the use of the stadium and athletic fields for Malden sports programs.
“I’m very pleased that the Malden delegation was able to work together to get this local priority passed through the Legislature and signed into law, and I thank Representative Ultrino for his leadership steering this bill through the legislative process,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “Modernizing the Stadium and Athletic Field Commission will make it more responsive and further strengthen Malden’s robust athletic and recreational programs.”
“I was happy to support Representative Ultrino’s bill which will facilitate the scheduling of athletic events in the city of Malden,” said Representative Paul Donato.
“I am pleased to see that Governor Baker has signed this bill into law just in time for summer,” said Representative Paul Brodeur. “My hope is that this law will make it easier for Malden to enjoy athletics going forward.”
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June 22, 2015