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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, September 10, 2007.

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

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


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 Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction (received Friday, September 7, 2007),— was read and sent to the House for its information.


Mr. Tolman presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Steven A. Tolman for legislation to further regulate the granting of temporary licenses for the sale of wine at certain auctions,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


A Resolve in favor of Burton W. Gerrig, Esquire (House, No. 1382,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “commending the Conservation Commissions of Massachusetts on their fiftieth anniversary.”

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered as follows:
The House Bill relative to garages in the first fire zone in the city of Boston (House, No. 4167),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.


On motion of Mr. Knapik, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Ms. Creem, (accompanied by bill) of Cynthia S. Creem, James V. DiPaola, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Richard R. Tisei and other members of the General Court for legislation to expand punishment for OUI offenders,— and the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports 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 Steven A. Baddour for legislation to designate the Merrimac Valley Regional Transit Authority Transportation Center in the town of Amesbury as the Senator Nicholas J. Costello Transportation Center.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Transportation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

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