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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, September 13, 2007.

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Hart) introduced, seated in the back of the Chamber, Dottie Abbott of New York, Mary Lou Stachurski of Seattle and Helen Kenny of Miami, cousins and guests of the Senate Clerk.

Communication.

A communication from the Honorable Richard R. Tisei, Senate Minority Leader, announcing the appointment of Dr. James Wang of Southwick as his appointee to the Special Commission established (pursuant to Section 85 of Chapter 61 of the Acts of 2007) to study the accessibility and quality of doctors who specialize in obstetric, gynecological and neurological care of women in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
The communication was placed on file.

Report.

A report of the Human Resources Division (under the provisions of Section 25 of Chapter 31 of the Massachusetts General Laws) submitting a listing of Civil Services public safety police promotional lists that have been revoked by the Personnel Administrator as of August 28, 2007 (received Monday, September 10, 2007),— was placed on file.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to punish the failure to report certain fires;
By Mr. Creedon, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert S. Creedon, Jr. and Allen J. McCarthy for legislation relative to the use of a building in the town of Whitman; and
By Mr. Moore, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Richard T. Moore and Paul Kujawski for legislation to establish the Whitin Reservoir Watershed District in the town of Douglas;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 206), a Bill to establish standards for consumer credit counseling (Senate, No. 2335);
By Ms. Resor, for the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, on Senate, No. 517 and House, No. 844, a Bill preventing oil spills in Buzzards Bay (Senate, No. 517);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 516), a Bill to establish a state piers retained revenue fund (Senate, No. 2337); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, Nos. 502 and 557 and House, Nos. 732 and 898, a Bill to protect public health and air quality by reducing harmful diesel emissions (Senate, No. 2338);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2228), a Bill authorizing the town of Dedham to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages (Senate, No. 2336) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2228];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4234) of recommending legislation relative to providing for the investment in and expansion of the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “congratulating Astronaut and Commander Sunita L. Williams on her extraordinary and historic accomplishments with the United States Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Esmat Ezzat on the occasion of her retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “celebrating September, 2007, as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “recognizing the students of the Joseph L. Mulready School of Hudson on the occasion of the dedication of their peace pole in honor of the International Day of Peace.”

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 Senate Bill exempting Brian J. Donoghue of Norwood from the maximum age requirements for appointment as a fire-fighter in the town of Norwood (Senate, No. 2257),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act exempting Brian J. Donoghue from the maximum age requirements for appointment as a firefighter in the town of Norwood”.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Petition.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Ms. Tucker, (accompanied by bill) of Susan C. Tucker for legislation to allow cash redemption of certain gift certificates,— and the same was referred to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

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 Patricia D. Jehlen, Pamela P. Resor, Cynthia S. Creem and Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. for legislation to order a comprehensive study of Commonwealth charter schools.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, 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.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4241) of George N. Peterson, Jr., and Edward M. Augustus, Jr., for legislation to make certain changes in the Grafton Water District and the South Grafton Water District;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4242) of Christopher J. Donelan relative to patient access information in the funding of individual remediation programs under the direction of the Board of Registration in Medicine;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Health.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4243) of Elizabeth A. Malia for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Karen Rice, and employee of the teachers’ retirement system;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill authorizing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, on behalf of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the towns of Saugus and Wakefield to grant easements to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (Senate, No. 2211),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act authorizing the conveyance of certain easements in the towns of Lynnfield, Saugus and Wakefield to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company”.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and means, that the Senate Bill relative to improving quality in early education and care by family child care providers (Senate, No. 2286),— ought to pass, with an amendment inserting in lines 51, 56, 61, 65, 69, 79 and 84, after the word “AAA”, the following words:— “or the impartial certifying body”, in each instance.
There being no objection, 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, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to garages in the first fire zone in the city of Boston (see House, No. 4167) (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 enacted and was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Hart) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

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. Tisei, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.