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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, July 5, 2007.

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

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Barrios) introduced guests of long-time Legislative Education Director Anne Ziaja’s family seated in the gallery, Tony and Julie Ziaja and their daughters, Joy and Jill, whom are visiting from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Barrios) on his last day representing the Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex district introduced members of his staff, Mary Tittman, Rebecca Edmundson, Michael Bloom and Moe Gillen.

Engrossed Bill — Laid Before the Governor.

The engrossed Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2008 for the maintenance of the departments, boards, commissions, institutions and certain activities of the Commonwealth, for interest, sinking fund and serial bond requirements and for certain permanent improvements (see House, No. 4141) (which originated in the House), having been passed to be enacted and signed by the President on Monday, July 2, 2007,— was laid before the Governor for his approbation on Tuesday, July 3, 2007.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Spilka, for the committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2218), a Bill relative to improving quality in early education and care by family child care providers (Senate, No. 2286);
By Mr. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for John J. Bish, an employee of the East Brookfield Division of the District Court Department (Senate, No. 2285); and
By Mr. Downing, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Daniel Curran, an employee of the Department of Correction (Senate, No. 2280);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Downing, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill relative to the disability retirement of Neil Sullivan, a firefighter for the city of Melrose (Senate, No. 2241) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Engrossed Bill Returned with Recommendation of Amendment.

A message from His Excellency the Governor, returning with recommendation of amendment the engrossed Bill designating a bridge in the city of Methuen as the Corporal David M. Vincente Bridge (House, No. 3446) [for message, see House, No. 4068],— came from the House with endorsement that the House adopted the amendment as approved by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, as follows:—

In the TITLE, by striking out the word “Vincente” and inserting in place thereof the following word:— Vicente; and

By striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:

The bridge #M-17-010 on Lowell street, Route 113, spanning Bartlett brook in the city of Methuen shall be designated and known as the Corporal David M. Vicente Bridge, in honor of United States Marine Corporal David M. Vicente, who was killed in action in Iraq on March 19, 2004.
The message was read; and, under the provisions of Article LVI of the Amendments to the Constitution, the bill was before the Senate subject to amendment and re-enactment.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the Governor’s amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.
Sent to the House for re-enactment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tolman,

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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. Brown, at eleven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.