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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, January 22, 2009.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Timilty in the Chair).

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Timilty) introduced, seated in the Senate Gallery, a group of fifth grade students from Groton-Dunstable Middle School. They were accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Klock.


The annual report of the Public Employee Retirement Commission (under sections 21, 102 and 103 of Chapter 32 of the General Laws) relative to the percentum change in the average cost-of-living as shown by the United States consumer price index for the year 2008 compared with such index for the year 2007 (accompanied by bill, House, No. 97),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.

Notice was received from the House announcing the following appointments:

That the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives has made the following appointments:

That Representative Polito of Shrewsbury had been appointed to the special commission established (under Section 87 of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008) for the purpose of making an investigation and study relative to the burning of construction and demolition waste as it relates to the renewable energy portfolio standard program established by section 11F of chapter 25A of the General Laws;

That Representative Smola of Palmer had been appointed to the special commission established (under Section 88 of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008) to examine the environmental and economic impact of establishing a green building plan for the Commonwealth;

That Representative deMacedo of Plymouth had been appointed to the Creative Economy Council established (under Chapter 354 of the Acts of 2008) to develop a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in the Commonwealth and to promote through public and private means responsive public policies and innovative private sector practices; and

That Representative Ross of Wrentham had been appointed to the special commission established (under Section 3 of Chapter 509 of the Acts of 2008) to study the transferability of tax credits under subsection (p) of section 6 of chapter 62 of the General Laws and section 38AA of chapter 63 of the General Laws.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.