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Gov. Patrick to spend Monday touring Springfield

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Gov. Deval Patrick will be spending quite a bit of time in the city on Monday, beginning with a ceremonial bill signing at City Hall.

The bill that Patrick will sign is called An Act Relative to Natural Gas Leaks.

It says that leaks should be categorized by the danger they present, and the reaction should correspond to that danger.

The signing will come nearly 20 months after the natural gas explosion that destroyed Scores Gentlemen's Club and damaged dozens of other buildings in downtown Springfield.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said the governor reached out to him, saying he wanted to sign the bill in the city.

"It was nice when he reached out to me and said we would like to do the honorary bill signing right here in Springfield, due to the unfortunate manmade disaster that occurred in the explosion and on the way we handled it, too," said Sarno. 

Monday morning's bill signing is just the first of three stops in the city for the governor.

He is scheduled to make an affordable housing announcement at Outing Park on Saratoga Street and take a tour of the city's growing innovation district.

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