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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, October 20, 2008.
Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Tolman 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. Tolman), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Ms. Wilkerson presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Dianne Wilkerson for legislation to authorize the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management to lease certain land in the city of Boston to the Trinma Development and Management LLC as the developer of parcel 8,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Reports of a Committee.
By Mr. Petruccelli, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on Senate, No. 2801 and House, No. 5105, a Bill establishing a selectmen-administrator form of government for the town of Newbury (Senate, No. 2801) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2801 and House, No. 5105]; and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 2802 and House, No. 5104, a Bill increasing the membership of the Board of Selectmen in the town of Newbury (Senate, No. 2802) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2802 and House, No. 5104];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A Bill relative to controlled substances (House, No. 4434, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
A Bill relative to the town manager in the town of Westborough (House, No. 4944,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
A report of the committee on Public Service, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4854) of Eugene L. O’Flaherty that Edward Grace of the city of Boston be authorized to take open competitive examinations for the positions of police officer or fire fighter in the Commonwealth, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements, and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Acadian Social Club”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Walsh) “welcoming His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, during his 2008 Pontifical visit to the United States on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the Melkite Greek Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Giordano Family Methuen Karate Organization”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Buoniconti) “congratulating the Rays of Hope Walk on celebrating their 15th anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Montigny) “honoring Nelson N. Ostiguy as Southeastern Mass Veteran of the Year”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Dr. George C. Guasconi on his retirement as Superintendent of the Bridgewater-Raynham School District.”
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted.
An engrossed Bill relative to certain health insurance options for municipal retirees (see House, No. 4516, amended), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted in concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Tolman) and sent to the House for enactment.
A Bill authorizing the town of Framingham to erect a maintenance facility (House, No. 5082, amended,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Timilty, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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. Tolman) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to the granting of certain licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises in the town of Wenham (see Senate, No. 2824); and
Including the town of Pepperell within the Ayer economic target area and economic opportunity area (see House, No. 4986, amended).
An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Milton to borrow money to fund certain payments of medical expenses incurred by public safety personnel resulting from injuries sustained in the line of duty (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5108) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Tolman) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—
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 Mr. Timilty, at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.