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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Thursday, February 8, 2007.
Met according to adjournment at 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.
A communication from the Division of Local Services’ Bureau of Local Assessment submitting its Biennial Report of Equalization and Apportionment 2006 (received Tuesday, February 6, 2007),— was placed on file.
The following reports were severally read and placed on file:
A report of the Division of Unemployment Assistance (under the provisions of Section 14F of Chapter 151A of the General Laws) relative to the condition of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund for the month of January 2007 (received Thursday, January 25, 2007);
A report of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council submitting a copy of the Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Report, The State of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation System (received Thursday, January 25, 2007);
A report of the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (under the provisions of Section 3 of Chapter 205 of the Acts of 2006) submitting its annual report concerning all appeals filed with the Division during the preceding calendar year (received Tuesday, January 30, 2007);
A report of the Office of Campaign & Political Finance (under the provisions of Section 3 of Chapter 55C of the General Laws) relative to the Commonwealth’s system of limited public financing of campaigns for statewide elective office during the 2006 election (received Tuesday, January 30, 2007);
A report of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (under the provisions of Section 304 of Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2004) submitting its report “The Use of Public Health Assistance in Massachusetts in FY06: Employers Who Have 50 or More Employees using MassHealth or the Uncompensated Care Pool,” covering state fiscal year 2006 (received Thursday, February 1, 2007); and
A report of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 166A of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2002) submitting its report concerning petitions for appeal of decisions involving cable television regulation in 2006 (received Monday, February 5, 2007).
A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of MCI Framingham (received Wednesday, January 31, 2007),— was read and sent to the House for its information.
Message from the Governor.
A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation to establish the Commonwealth Corps (Senate, No. 13) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Friday, February 2, 2007, at twenty-seven minutes before four o’clock P.M.),— was referred to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the CIerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Candaras, Messrs. Augustus, Baddour, Berry and Brewer, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Creem, Messrs. Hart and Havern, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Joyce, McGee, Montigny, Moore and Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Mr. Pacheco, Ms. Resor, Ms. Spilka, Messrs. Tarr, Timilty, Travaglini, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Wilkerson) “congratulating Martha Coakley”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Candaras, Messrs. Antonioni, Augustus, Baddour, Barrios, Berry and Brewer, Ms. Chandler, Mr. Creedon, Ms. Creem, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Hart and McGee, Ms. Menard, Messrs. Montigny and Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Messrs. O’Leary and Pacheco, Ms. Resor, Mr. Rosenberg, Ms. Spilka, Mr. Travaglini, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Wilkerson) “congratulating Representative Nancy Pelosi”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “congratulating Reverend William McCarthy on the occasion of his eightieth birthday and the fifty-fifth anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood.”
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Westborough to release an easement over land (see House, No. 2017) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted and was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Havern) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
There being no objection, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Havern) declared a recess; and at twenty-one minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Spilka in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.
An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Ann Brevik, an employee of the Department of Social Services (see Senate, No. 12), 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 (Ms. Spilka) and sent to the House for enactment.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the Senate, 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 (Ms. Spilka) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
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 Anthony Manzelli.
The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it do so in memory of Anthony Manzelli of Kingston.
Anthony Manzelli was the beloved husband of Jean F. (Murphy) Manzelli. Loving son of Mario and Marie (Garrasi) Manzelli of Somerville. Beloved father of Amy Manzelli and her husband Chad Turmelle of Pembroke, NH, Chris Manzelli of Kingston and Jenny Manzelli of Kingston.
Tony Manzelli, of Kingston, was a beloved teacher and dedicated lacrosse coach in Weymouth for over 30 years. With his contagious love for life, “Coach Manzelli” was a friend and idol to all who he taught and coached. Wearing the now famous orange hat, Manzelli was the father of lacrosse in Eastern Massachusetts and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998. He will be greatly missed by Weymouth and the whole South Shore community.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Anthony Manzelli, at twenty-nine minutes before one o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Knapik, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.