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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, September 15, 2008.

Met at twenty minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. McGee 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. 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 Ms. Chandler for the purpose of an introduction. Ms. Chandler then introduced Lucy Pupo of Shrewsbury and Jane Mazzaferro of Sterling. Ms. Pupo was the winning bidder at a charity auction and she and Ms. Mazzaferro will be touring the State House and having lunch with Senator Chandler.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. McGee) introduced members of the British Parliament. The members included Mr. Richard Michael Bacon, Conservative Member of Parliament (South Norfolk), Ms. Mary Helen Creagh, Conservative Member of Parliament (Wakefield), Mr. Mark Gerard Hoban, Conservative Member of Parliament (Fareham), Mr. Mark Pritchard, Conservative Member of Parliament (The Wrekin), Ms. Angela Christine Smith, Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament (Sheffield Hillsborough) and Mr. Phil Wilson, Labour Member of Parliament (Sedgefield). The delegation was visiting the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State.

Petition.

Mr. Augustus presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Edward M. Augustus Jr., and John J. Binienda for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Brenda De Los Santos an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Baddour, for the committee on Transportation, on the recommitted petition, a Bill relating to speed limits in the town of Otis (Senate, No. 2806);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills
Authorizing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management to convey certain land to the city of Newburyport (House, No. 5038,— on House, No. 4291); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Linda McKinley, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance (House, No. 5045, amended,— on a part of House, No. 4607)
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Medford as the Sergeant Anthony P. Annino Bridge (House, No. 4962,— on petition);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

A Bill authorizing the town of Maynard to borrow money for certain remediation work (House, No. 5065,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President (Mr. McGee) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing certain persons to take the civil service examination for appointment as firefighters in the town of Arlington notwithstanding the maximum age requirement (see House, No. 4871);
Authorizing certain persons to take the civil service examination for appointment as police officers in the town of Arlington notwithstanding the maximum age requirement (see House, No. 4872);
Authorizing the town of Arlington to issue pension obligation bonds or notes (see House, No. 4876); and
Providing for a ballot question in the town of Arlington relative to the sale of all alcoholic beverages in certain restaurants (see House, No. 4936).

Report of a Committee.

The following report was laid before the Senate, the time within which the said committee was required to report having expired:
Of the committee on Transportation, ought NOT to pass (under Joint Rule 10) on the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2861) 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.
On motion of Ms. Resor the petition was recommitted to the Joint Committee on Transportation.

Order Adopted.

Mr. Petruccelli offered the following order, to wit:
Ordered, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government be granted until Monday, October 13, 2008 in which to make its final report on a current Senate documents numbered 2801 and 2802, relative to various local issues.
Under the rules, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Subsequently, Mr. Downing for the said committees, reported, recommending that the order ought to be adopted.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered as follows:
The House Bill authorizing the town of Belmont to place a certain question relative to the granting of a club license for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the town of Belmont (House, No. 4757),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act authorizing the town of Belmont to place a certain question relative to the granting of a club license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages in the town of Belmont”.

The House Bill authorizing the town of Wayland to establish a department of public works (House, No. 4759),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill providing access to information for parents of a child with special education needs (House, No. 391, amended),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title; “An Act providing access to information for parents of a child with special needs.”; and in the last sentence (as engrossed) by striking out the words “parent of a designee.” and inserting in place thereof the words “parent or a designee.”.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

Order — Amended.

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

Ordered, that notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government shall be granted until Friday, September 12, 2008, within which to report on current House document numbered 4867.
Pending the question on adoption of the order, Mr. Petruccelli presented an amendment striking out the words and figures “Friday, September 12, 2008” and inserting in place thereof the words and figures “Monday, October 13, 2008”.
The amendment was adopted.
The order, as amended, was then adopted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “congratulating Mary Ann Kremonas Sofis and Ernest Christos Sofis on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in the town of Wareham as it celebrates its one hundred and fortieth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco and Ms. Menard) “recognizing Barbara Dooley Laughlin for her contributions to the Taunton Democratic City Committee”; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tarr, Antonioni, Augustus, Berry and Brewer, Ms. Creem, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Morrissey, O’Leary, Panagiotakos, Timilty and Tisei, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Walsh) “congratulating the National Alopecia Areata Foundation on its celebration of Alopecia Areata Awareness Week.”

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Resor,—

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.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill placing a certain question on the ballot of the November state election in the town of Littleton (House, No. 5096,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows “An Act authorizing a certain question to be placed on the 2008 state election ballot in the town of Littleton”.

Recess.

There being no objection, at three minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Chair (Mr. McGee) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at seventeen minutes before one o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Resor in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing a certain question to be place on the 2008 state election ballot in the town of Littleton (see House, No. 5096) (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 (Ms. Resor) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

On motion of Mr. Brown, at seventeen minutes before one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.