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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, November 26, 2007.

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

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


A communication from the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office relative to corrective measures taken pursuant to a Department of Public Health Inspection of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction on October 31, 2007 (received Wednesday, November 21, 2007),— was placed on file.


The following reports were severally read and placed on file:—

A report of Project Bread (pursuant to line item 4400-1001 of the FY08 state budget, Chapter 61 of the Acts of 2006) submitting its annual Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts 2007 (received Thursday, November 15, 2007); and

A report of the Department of Education (under the provisions of Section 432 of Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000) submitting its Massachusetts Department of Education Students with Disabilities Annual Report (received Tuesday, November 20, 2007).


Mr. Creedon presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert S. Creedon, Jr. and Eugene L. O’Flaherty for legislation relative to safety at the John Adams Courthouse,— 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. Joyce, for the committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, on petition, a Bill relative to the observation of Veterans Day (Senate, No. 2006); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to include three additional members on the advisory commission on travel and tourism (Senate, No. 2385);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committe on Ethics and Rules.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “honoring Kendra J. Farling on the occasion of her retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “recognizing Kathy Glick-Weil on her retirement from the Newton Free Library”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring David G. Healey for receiving the Holyoke Rotary Club’s 2007 William G. Dwight Award”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “congratulating Sofie and Josef Ketelaar on their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary’;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating David A. Prairie on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “congratulating Hallmark Health on its tenth anniversary.”.

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 appointment of Kevin P. Farragher as a firefighter in the town of North Andover notwith­standing the maximum age requirement (House, No. 4143) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tisei,—

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