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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, December 29, 2008.

Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Hart 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. Hart), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Reports of a Committee.

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 police auctions (House, No. 1981, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, 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 retirement of certain employees of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (House, No. 2682, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered as follows:
The House Bill authorizing the town of Sudbury to regulate certain property tax exemption eligibility requirements (House, No. 4860),— 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 authorizing the town of Sudbury to regulate certain property tax exemption eligibility requirements”.

The House Bill increasing the fine for parking in posted bus stops (House, No. 4891) (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.

The House Bill authorizing the city of Lowell to lease certain city-owned land (House, No. 5127),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

The Senate Bill to promote breastfeeding (Senate, No. 2438),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 5177.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence (as corrected BTR).

The Senate Bill further regulating rates of pilotage and pilot requirements (Senate, No. 515, amended),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of House document numbered 5036.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the House amendment was considered forthwith.

Mr. Morrissey presented the request that the Senate concur in the House amendment with a further amendment striking out section 1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:—
“SECTION 1. Section 3 of chapter 103 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:—
Notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, in determining the eligibility of applicants for consideration for appointment to any status as pilot candidate or for a warrant or full branch pilot commission, the pilot commission shall adopt regulations providing for preference to veterans as defined in clause Forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4 of the General Laws and those who were honorably discharged from or currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps. If an active duty member or veteran applicant has a valid United States Coast Guard-issued Unlimited Master’s License or First Class Federal Pilotage endorsement for any part of Boston Harbor, he shall be eligible for preference for appointment as a state-commissioned pilot apprentice. No person’s status as a veteran or as a military reservist, and no person’s susceptibility to recall to military active duty, shall affect that person’s eligibility for selection for pilot candidate training or for warrant or full branch pilot commission.”
The Senate concurred in the House amendment and adopted the further amendment (Morrissey).
Sent to the House for concurrence in the further amendment.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first three 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. Hart) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to homeowner heating safety (see Senate, No. 2404, amended);
Relative to credit union mortgages (see Senate, No. 2854);
Making corrective changes in certain General and Special Laws (see Senate Bill, printed in Senate, No. 2895); and
Authorizing affordable housing covenants in the town of Arlington (see House, No. 4938).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday 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. Tisei, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.