Although 'Melissa's Bill' won support in both the House and the Senate earlier this month, Gov. Deval Patrick has not signed the bill, which would keep felons with three convictions from receiving parole.
Many have questioned the governor's proposed amendment, including Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire's brother, Chuck.
The bill had languished for years, but gained support after Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire was shot and killed by a longtime felon on Dec. 26, 2010. Officer Maguire was responding to an armed robbery at Kohl's, in the middle of a blizzard, when he exchanged gunfire with the felon on Washington Street.
Officer Maguire's brother, Chuck, has testified in favor of the bill, which, he believes, would keep criminals like the one who killed his brother, off of the streets.
Chuck Maguire told Fox 25 News this weekend that he was upset that Gov. Patrick amended the bill and that he was satisfied with what passed in the House and Senate.
The bill's fate is up in the air at this point, but the legislative session ends Tuesday at midnight.