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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, January 11, 2010.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Petruccelli in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Petruccelli), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A communication from the Honorable Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director of the Public Employees Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC), announcing (pursuant to Section 21(3)(f) of Chapter 32 of the General Laws) the cost of living adjustment for retirees and beneficiaries as set forth in Chapter 17 of the Acts of 1997 (received in the Office of the Clerk of the Senate on Friday, January 8, 2010),— was placed on file.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Berry, 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 Williamstown Library Board of Trustees (House, No. 1921).
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, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act increasing the membership on the Williamstown Board of Library Trustees”.


A petition of Jennifer E. Benson, Ellen Story and others (accompanied by bill) relative to establishing a public health Lyme disease research institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,— came from the House, with the endorsement that they had referred the petition to the committee on Public Health.
On motion of Mr. Knapik, the Senate NON-concurred in the reference to the committee on Public Health and referred the petition to the committee on Higher Education.
Sent to the House for its action.

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 the same Senator, at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.