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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, June 11, 2007.

Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. McGee in the Chair).

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. McGee) handed the gavel to Mr. Tarr for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Tarr introduced students from the Miles River Middle School. The middle school students from Hamilton and Wenham were guests of Mr. Tarr and Representative Hill.

Communication.

A communication from the Linda Hunt, Town Clerk of the Town of Stockbridge, relative to resolutions adopted by the town of Stock­bridge to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney,— was placed on file.

Reports.

A report of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (pursuant to Section 67(c)(2) of Chapter 3 of the General Laws) submitting its 2007 Annual Report covering the period from January 1, 2007 to May 31, 2007 (received Friday, June 8, 2007),— was placed on file.

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 the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction (received Friday, June 8, 2007),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Augustus, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2263) of Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Paul K. Frost (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Auburn to establish an Auburn High School gymnasium health and recreation trust fund [Local approval received]; and
By Mr. Morrissey, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2264) of Michael W. Morrissey and Robert J. Nyman (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Rockland to establish a school building capital trust fund [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Munici­palities and Regional Government.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care Financing, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 689), a Bill relative to pandemic or disaster planning by health care providers (Senate, No. 2258) (Estimated cost — $0.00); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accom­panied by bill, Senate, No. 685), a Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2008 to provide funding to support pandemic preparation and response in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2259) (Estimated cost — More than $36,500,000.00);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care Financing, on petition, a Bill establishing the public health hospital trust fund (Senate, No. 669) (Estimated cost — Less than $100,000.00);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Jehlen, for the committee on Elder Affairs, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 395) of Stephen M. Brewer, Anthony J. Verga, Barbara A. L’Italien, Kathi-Anne Reinstein and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote fire safe multiple dwelling residences for elders, infirm, and ailing,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Reports

Of the committee on Housing, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 765) of Richard T. Moore and David B. Sullivan for legislation to protect the interests of consumers in senior lifestyle communities,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Elder Affairs.
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1281) of Peter J. Koutoujian for legislation to authorize the use of flashing lights on motor vehicles leading funeral processions,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Transportation.
Were severally considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Augustus) “congratulating the members of the Shrewsbury High School First Robotics Team on their distinguished placement in the 2007 Boston First”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler and Mr. Augustus) “congratulating the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science First Robotics Team”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “on the bicentennial celebration of the New North Church in Hingham”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating John F. Healey on his retirement”; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Timilty, Brown and Joyce and Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Douglas R. Wynne on his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.”

Report of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Stephen M. Brewer for legislation relative to Rutland Heights State Hospital.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House No. 0000) of Eugene L. O’Flaherty and others for legislation to designate the women’s dormitory at the Soldiers’ Home of Chelsea as the Christie Serino Ward Area,— came from the House, with the endorsement that they had referred the petition to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on a motion of Mr. Brewer.
On further motion of the same Senator, the Senate NON-concurred in the reference to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and referred the petition to the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.
Sent to the House for its action.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House No. 0000) of Joyce A. Spiliotis and others for legislation to establish a board for the registration of phlebotomists,— came from the House, with the endorsement that they had referred the petition to the committee on Public Health.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on a motion of Mr. Tarr.
On further motion of the same Senator, the Senate NON-concurred in the reference to the committee on Public Health and referred the petition to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Sent to the House for its action.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tisei,—

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 Mr. Knapik, at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.