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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, December 17, 2007.

Met at two 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.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4426) of Michael A. Costello (with the approval of the mayor and town council) that the town of Amesbury be authorized to grant additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages;
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4427) of Susan Williams Gifford and Marc R. Pacheco (by vote of the town) relative to the issuance of a license for the sale of alcoholic beverages to “Wareham Crossing” in the town of Wareham;
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4428) of Theodore C. Speliotis and Frederick E. Berry (by vote of the town) that the town of Topsfield be authorized to grant an additional license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4429) of David M. Torrisi and others (by vote of the town) that the town of North Andover be authorized to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverage not to be drunk on the premises to Wine & Beer at the Andovers;
Severally to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4433) of William Lantigua (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Lawrence be authorized to regulate the rents of certain governmentally-involved housing;
To the committee on Housing.
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4430) of James B. Eldridge and Pamela P. Resor (by vote of the town) that the town of Shirley be authorized to establish a special fund for the preservation of the Langley Acres Conservation Area;
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4431) of Geoffrey D. Hall and Steven C. Panagiotakos (by vote of the town) that the town of Westford be authorized to transfer a certain parcel of land to the conservation commission of said town; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4432) of Pam Richardson (by vote of the town) relative to the filling of vacancies of town meeting members in the town of Framingham.
Severally to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

A Bill relative to the special police force in the town of West Springfield (House, No. 4080,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

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 West Boylston to convey certain open space land (House, No. 4120),— was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Augustus presented an amendment in section 1, by striking out the words “for consideration of $1,500”; in section 1, by inserting after the words “terms and conditions as the board of selectmen may determine”, in the first sentence, the following words:— “, including the express purpose for the conveyance and restrictions on future use”; and by adding the following sections:
“SECTION 2. The consideration for the parcel described in section 1 shall be the fair market value of the parcel or the market value of its proposed use, whichever is greater, to be determined by 1 or more independent appraisals. The cost of the appraisals shall be assumed by the Fay Brothers Funeral Home. The town of West Boylston shall apply proceeds thereof for conservation and recreation purposes.
SECTION 3. No deed conveying the parcel of land as authorized in section 1 shall be valid if the board of selectmen have included future use restrictions as a term of purchase as provided in section 1 unless the deed contains a reversionary clause that stipulates that the property shall revert to the town of West Boylston for open space purposes if the property ceases to be used for the express purpose for which it was transferred.”.
This amendment was adopted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4436) of James E. Vallee for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Matthew Charleson, an employee of the Department of Correction,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to investments of dental service corporations (see House, No. 1042), 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 4 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. McGee) and sent to the House for enactment.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Westborough to grant an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4178) (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 (Mr. McGee) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tolman,—

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. Tarr, at twenty-one minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.