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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007.

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

The Senator from Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex, Mr. Brown, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Petition.

Ms. Wilkerson presented a petition (accompanied by bill Senate, No. 2358) of Dianne Wilkerson (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to establish additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city of Boston [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Downing, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill to encourage direct deposit by retirees (Senate, No. 1668);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on petition, a Bill relative to lung cancer awareness month (Senate, No. 1871); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to Leopoldville Disaster Remembrance Day (Senate, No. 1873);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

By Mr. Downing, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Wakefield to issue pension obligation bonds or notes (Senate, No. 1650) [Local approval received]; and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the Middlesex Retirement Board to grant a certain pension to James Charles Mickel (Senate, No. 2208) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 317) of Robert A. Havern for legislation relative to tuition for non-resident vocational students,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Service.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4267) of Viriato Manuel deMacedo and Thomas J. Calter (by vote of the town) that the charter of the town of Plymouth include certain information for voters relative to the placement of questions on the ballot in said town,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

Bills
Relative to the Department of Public Works in the town of Hatfield (printed as Senate, No. 2238,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Authorizing the town of Aquinnah to issue licenses for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4179,— on House, No. 4095) [Local approval received on House, No. 4095];
Were severally 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 severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler) “congratulating the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts on its sixtieth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. McGee) “celebrating 125 years of Catholic education at St. Mary’s Parish and School in Lynn”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “congratulating Thelma Goldstein on the auspicious occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of her birth”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray and Mr. O’Leary) “honoring Margo Fenn for her years of service to the communities of Barnstable County and Cape Cod.”

Reports of Committees.

Ms. Menard, 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 protecting patient confidentiality (House, No. 1315).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on notion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

By Ms. Menard, for the committee on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petiton of Brian A. Joyce, Mark C. Montigny, Bruce E. Tarr, Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the divestment of state assets from nations that sponsor terrorism.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4269) of Patricia A. Haddad for legislation to regulate the continuing of support and education of certain dependent children;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4270) of Antonio F. D. Cabral and others for legislation to regulate the investment of public pension funds in certain companies doing business in the countries of Iran and South Africa;
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4271) of Michael J. Moran and others for legislation to authorize Michael McHugh of the city of Boston to take the open competitive examination for the position of police officer, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4272) of James J. O’Day that the Department of Social Services establish a sick leave bank for Deborah Gosselin, an employee of said department;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4273) of Patricia A. Haddad and others for legislation to regulate the purchase of flags by public agencies in the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Moment of Silence.

At the request of the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), the members, guests and employees stood in a moment of silence and reflection to the memory of Army Sergeant Joan Duran.

Adjournment in Memory of Sergeant Joan Duran.

The Senator from Suffolk, Ms. Wilkerson, presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it do so in memory of Sergeant Joan Duran, age 24 of Roxbury, who was killed when a bomb exploded while delivering supplies in Al Anbar province.

During his 4 years of service Joan Duran was assigned to the 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 5th squadron, 3rd Brigade combat team and the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg North Carolina.

A graduate of Boston Latin, Duran aspired to be a math teacher after his tour of duty was completed. Sergeant Duran is survived by his mother, two brothers, and a sister.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Sergeant Joan Duran, at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Brown, the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.