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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, September 22, 2008.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Timilty in the Chair).

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

Distinquished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Timilty) handed the gavel to Ms. Chandler for the purpose of an introduction. Ms. Chandler then introduced John Nilson, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Mr. Nilson is a member of the New Democratic Party who was first elected in 1995, and was most recently re-elected in 2007, He is Saskatchewan’s longest serving Minister of Health and currently serves as the opposition critic for Justice and the Capital City Commission. The Senate applauded Mr. Nilson’s accomplishments, he signed the guest book and withdrew from the Chamber.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Timilty) handed the gavel to Mr. Joyce for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Joyce then introduced Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, a newly elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Dr. Pechuho is the sister of the newly elected President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zadari and sister-in-law to the late Benazir Bhutto. She was accompanied by eight women parliamentarians from Pakistan traveling to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State. The Senate welcomed the group with applause. Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho signed the guest book and along with the other members of the delegation withdrew from the Chamber.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Notice was received from the House announcing the following appointments:
That the House Minority Leader has appointed Representative John A. Lepper of Attleboro as his designee to the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (under the provisions of Section 1 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2008) and;
That the House Minority Leader has appointed Representative F. Jay Barrows of Mansfield to the Commission to Study Auto Body Rates (under the provisions of Section 108 of Chapter 182 of the Acts of 2008).

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Augustus) “honoring the Shrewsbury Housing Authority for the rededication of the Francis Gardens Apartments to honor the memory of Donald F. Ricker”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “congratulating Altwheels on the occasion of its annual Alternative Transportation Festival”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler and Mr. Augustus) “recognizing September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. O’Leary) “congratulating the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation on its twenty-fifth anniversary”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tolman) “commending the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery on its recognition of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month 2008.”

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 authorizing the town of Maynard to borrow money for certain remediation work (House, No. 5065),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Reports of a Committee.

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 portion of route 140 as the Donald R. “Doug” Keniston roadway (Senate, No. 2861).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, 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 designating a portion of state highway route 140 in the town of Upton as the Donald R. “Doug” Keniston Roadway”.
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 supervision of limited purpose trust companies by the Commissioner of Banks (House, No. 965).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Joyce, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
Petition.
On motion of Mr. Knapik, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Timilty, (accompanied by bill) of James E. Timilty and Louis L. Kafka for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Stephen Kazarian, an employee of the Department of Correction,— and the same was referred to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5099) of Sarah K. Peake and Robert A. O’Leary that the town of Provincetown be authorized to impose a lien upon certain property in the town of Truro for unpaid water fees and charges,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

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