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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, December 20, 2007.

Met at three minutes past 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.

Distinguished Guest.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Tolman) handed the gavel to Mr. Moore for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Moore then introduced the 2007 Division 2 State Champion Hopedale High School “Blue Raiders” Boys Cross Country Team. Under the leadership of Coach Joe Drugan, the team won the Division 2 State Champion­ship after attaining their third consecutive Central Massachusetts Championship.

Communication.

A communication from the Department of Public Health rela­tive to a plan of correction submitted pursuant to inspection of the South Middlesex Correctional Center (received Friday, December 7, 2007),— was placed on file.

Report.

A report from the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (pursuant to line item 4406-3010 of the FY07 state budget, Chap­ter 139 of the Acts of 2006) submitting its final report, Home and Healthy for Good: A Statewide Pilot Housing First Program (received Monday, December 3, 2007),— was placed on file.

Petitions.

Mr. O’Leary presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2452) of Robert A. O’Leary and Sarah K. Peake (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Orleans to operate a sewer system [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Moore presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore and Jennifer Callahan for legislation to designate certain bridges in the town of Millville in honor of John Dean,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4437) of Mary S. Rogeness (by vote of the town) that the town of Longmeadow be authorized to continue the employment of Robert Danio, chief of the police department of said town,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.

Notice was received from the House announcing the following appointment:

That Representative Humason of Westfield has been appointed by the Minority Leader of the House to the special task force established (under Chapter 130 of the Acts of 2007) to develop an electronic health records system within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for children in foster care, individuals and dependents enrolled in the MassHealth and SCRIP programs, and individuals and dependents enrolled in Commonwealth Care or Safety Net Care programs.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Augustus) “honoring Mary Elizabeth Horgan Spicer on the joyous occasion of her one hundredth birth­day”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “honoring Robert J. Reardon on his superior service to the town of Wrentham.”

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 Aquinnah to grant licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises in restaurants with seating capacities of not less than 15 (House, No. 4179) (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.

Reports of Committees.

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 Old King’s Highway District (House, No. 1997).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Wilkerson, 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 relative to the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District”.

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 authorizing the Dennis Water District to convey certain land (House, No. 3741).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in 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 Jacob Sears Memorial Library (House, No. 3787).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion 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 Mr. Downing, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Patricia D. Jehlen, Paul J. Donato, Paul C. Casey and Anthony D. Galluccio for legislation to designate a certain portion of sandy beach in Winchester as the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Memorial Beach.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

By Mr. Downing, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Stephen M. Brewer, Richard T. Moore, Harriette L. Chandler, Anne M. Gobi and other members of the General Court for legislation to allow students in vocational technical high school programs to be involved in plumbing projects.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

By Mr. Downing, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Stephen M. Brewer for legislation relative to retirement buy back from the state board of retirement.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, 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.

By Mr. Downing, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Stephen M. Brewer and Todd M. Smola for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for John J. Suprenant, an employee of the Department of Social Services.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, 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.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4443) of James B. Eldridge and Pamela P. Resor for legislation to provide certain tax credits for construction of a renewable energy manufacturing facility within the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the commit­tee on Revenue.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to investments of dental service corporations (see House, No. 1042) (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. Tolman) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Recess.

There being no objection, at a quarter past eleven o’clock A.M, the Chair (Mr. Tolman) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at a half past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Tolman in the Chair.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the licensing of mortgage loan originators (see House, No. 4407, 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 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Tolman) and sent to the House for enactment.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Kevin J. Fitzgerald, an employee of the Department of Correction (Senate, No. 2441),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion 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.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Resolve in favor of Burton W. Gerrig, Esquire (House, No. 1382),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the resolve was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to abandoned vessels (House, No. 4188),— ought to pass, with an amendment in section 1, in the proposed section 35GG of chapter 10, by striking out the words “and subject to appropriation pursuant to this section”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act relative to the disposition of abandoned vessels”.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

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.

On motion of the same Senator, at twenty-six minutes before one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M.