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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

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

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

Petitions.

Mr. Downing presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2806) of Benjamin B. Downing and William Smitty Pignatelli (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to speed limits in the town of Otis,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Transportation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

A petition (subject to Joint Rule 9) of Richard R. Tisei, Thomas M. McGee and Katherine M. Clark for legislation relative to the Melrose Police Relief Corporation (having been returned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Section 7 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws, with memorandum relative thereto),— was again referred to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Augustus (by request) presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Edward M. Augustus, Jr., George N. Peterson, Jr. and Michael Goodwin for legislation to designate a portion of route 140 as the Donald R. “Doug” Keniston roadway,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Hart, for the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2786) of James E. Timilty, John H. Rogers, Louis L. Kafka and Richard J. Ross (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish the Walpole Economic Development and Industrial Corporation,— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills
Relative to school district accountability (House, No. 4967,— on House, No. 443); and
Financing an accelerated structurally-deficient bridge improvement program (House, No. 4972,— on House, No. 4743);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills
Prohibiting restrictive covenants for social workers (House, No. 1873,— on petition);
Relative to equality in the MassHealth program (House, No. 4107,— on House, No. 1155);
Authorizing the State Secretary to place an election on certain state ballots (House, No. 4865,— on petition); and
Relative to the Route 3A corridor in the town of Weymouth (House, No. 4917,— on House, No. 3584);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

A Bill relative to the interest rate to be charged upon apportioned betterment assessments for the Weweantic Sewer Project in the town of Wareham (House, No. 3985,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Buoniconti) “congratulating the Monte Carlo Restaurant on the occasion of its seventy-fifth anniversary.”

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Downing, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill designating a certain bridge in the towns of Erving and Orange as the Franklin County Purple Heart Memorial Bridge (Senate, No. 2036).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Downing, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to the agreement among the states to elect the President by national popular vote (House, No. 4952).
Mr. Augustus moved that the rules be suspended so that the matter may be considered forthwith; but objection was made thereto by Mr. Tarr.
The bill was placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

By Mr. Downing, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert A. Antonioni for legislation relative to non-public school deferred compensation.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Augustus, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

A report of the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, ought NOT to pass (under Joint Rule 10), on the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2680) of Therese Murray and Jeffrey D. Perry (by vote of the town) for legislation to amend the town charter of Sandwich (the time within which the said committee was required to report having expired),— came before the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Tarr, the petition was recommitted to the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4977) of Charles A. Murphy and others relative to trial by jury for certain persons accused of sex offenses;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4978) of James R. Miceli for legislation to expand the definition of the central register for missing children to include certain elderly persons with dementia;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4979) of James R. Miceli for legislation to regulate the fees charged by the Registry of Motor Vehicles for renewal of reserved or special plates;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4980) of James R. Miceli that the Commissioner of Veterans’ Services be authorized to provide headstones for certain deceased members of the National Guard;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

Recess.

There being no objection, at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Galluccio) declared a recess; and at twenty minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Galluccio in the Chair.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to nonpublic school service (Senate, No. 1631),— ought to pass, with an amendment inserting in section 2, after the fourth sentence, the following sentence: “No service credit may be purchased if the purchase would result in the member being credited with more than 1 year of creditable service during any 1 calendar year.”.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 1631, amended) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to election day registration (Senate, No. 2514),— ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2807).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2807) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the retirement benefits of emergency medical technicians (Senate, No. 2659),— ought to pass, with an amendment in section 1 by striking out the last sentence.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2659, amended) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill to create a state 911 department, single 911 surcharge and an enhanced 911 fund (Senate, No. 2716),—ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2808).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2808) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the Hynes Convention Center and the Boston Common Garage (Senate, No. 2793),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill furthering the biofuels clean energy sector (House, No. 4951),— ought to pass (Senator Fargo dissenting).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
Order.

The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted in concurrence, as follows:

Ordered, that notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government shall be granted until Thursday, July 31, 2008, within which to report on House, No. 4836.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.

On motion of the same Senator, at fourteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.