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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, February 1, 2007.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Havern in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Havern), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating the proceedings of a special town election in the town of Hawley (House, No. 2028),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Election Laws.

A communication from Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Minority Leader of the House, announcing appointments to the House standing committees and joint standing committees for the 2007-2008 legislative session,— was placed in file.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Moore, Augustus, Ms. Chandler and Mr. Brewer) “congratulating the students, faculty staff, and administration, of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “congratulating the Milford High School “Scarlet Hawks” Boys’ Varsity Football Team”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tarr, Tisei and Havern, Ms. Candaras, Mr. Barrios, Ms. Creem and Mr. Moore) “recognizing February fourth through tenth as Burn Awareness Week”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Timilty) “congratulating Jane C. Bergen.”

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, on petition, a Bill relative to the town of Randolph (Senate, No. 6) [Local approval received].
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time.
Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Mr. Joyce presented an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 11).
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 11) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Anthony Ferrara, an employee of the Department of Revenue (see House, No. 2022), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Havern) and sent to the House for enactment.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the House, came from the House with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Havern) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President (Mr. Havern) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Monroe to exempt certain property from taxation (see House, No. 2008);
Establishing an office of finance in the town of Spencer (see House, No. 2013);
Relative to the procedures of town meeting in the town of Burlington (see House, No. 2014);
Authorizing the town of Wellesley to establish a group insurance liability fund (see House, No. 2015);
Authorizing the town of North Attleborough to enter into a certain lease (see House, No. 2016);
Relative to health benefits in the town of North Andover (see House, No. 2018);
Establishing a golf course capital improvement fund in the town of Dennis (see House, No. 2019);
Relative to the sewerage facilities and betterments in the town of Millbury (see House, No. 2024); and
Authorizing the town of Florida to exempt certain property from taxation (see House, No. 2025).

Recess.

There being no objection, at twenty-seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Havern) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at five minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Prohibiting certain dumping in the city of Brockton (see Senate, No. 5);
Relative to the railroad depot contamination remediation and redevelopment project in the city of New Bedford (see Senate, No. 7);
Authorizing the town of Rockland to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises (see Senate, No. 8);
Relative to residency requirements for regular fire and police officers in the town of Boxborough (see Senate, No. 9); and
Relative to the acceptance of Chapter 40N of the General Laws in the town of Marblehead (see Senate, No. 10).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.

Adjournment in Memory of Sergeant Alex Fuller.

The Senator from Cape and Islands, Mr. O’Leary, the Senator from Bristol and Plymouth, Mr. Montigny, and the Senator from Plymouth and Barnstable, Ms. Murray, presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it do so in memory of Sergeant Alex Fuller of Barnstable.
Sergeant Alex Fuller of Barnstable, originally of New Bedford, was a member of the 61st Cavalry Regiment, killed in action on January 25th in Baghdad by a roadside bomb. He is survived by his wife, Anastacia, who is expecting their first child, Alicia.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Sergeant Alex Fuller, at seven minutes past one o’clock P.M. on motion of Mr. Brown, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.