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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, March 12, 2007.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Panagiotakos 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. Panagiotakos), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the President introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, students from grades 4 through 8 from St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School in East Boston. The students were touring the State House and were the guests of Senate President Travaglini and Representative Petruccelli of East Boston.


Mr. Panagiotakos in the Chair, a message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation regarding the licensing requirements for land-locked filled tidelands (House, No, 3757),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hart) “celebrating March 12 to March 18, 2007 as Irish Food and Culture Week in Massachusetts”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “commending Colonel W. Thomas Frank, M.D.”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “congratulating Thomas James Collins on the occasion of his seventieth birthday”; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Rosenberg and O’Leary, Ms. Spilka, Messrs. Augustus and Barrios, Ms. Candaras, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Creem, Messrs. Downing and Hedlund, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. McGee, Montigny, Morrissey and Panagiotakos, Ms. Resor, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Wilkerson ) “memorializing the President of the United States and the Congress to oppose escalation in Iraq.”


A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Karen White, an employee of the Trial Court of the Commonwealth (House, No. 1659, amended,— on petition),— was read
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rosenberg, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3940) of David M. Nangle and Colleen M. Garry for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Dennis McNamara, an employee of the Department of Fish and Game; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3941) of Walter F. Timilty for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Antoinette Romes, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Wellesley to establish a group insurance liability fund (see House, No. 2015, amended) (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 reenacted and was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Panagio­takos) and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Rosenberg,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of the same Senator, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.