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MEMORANDUM – Governor Torres grants administrative leave for all non-critical Commonwealth employees in the spirit of the holiday season

As Christmas day draws near, we take the opportunity to reflect upon the gifts we are most grateful for with the ones we love and cherish most. The holiday season brings forth the best of what the Commonwealth and its people have to offer, for it is time of rejoicing with family and friends, spreading goodwill to our neighbors, and giving thanks for all our blessings, big and small.

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Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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