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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

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

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Tolman) introduced guests of Senator Hedlund seated in gallery. The Senate welcomed Roger Hill and his son, Quentin, from Cohasset, who were visiting the State House.

Communication.

A communication from the Honorable Therese Murray, President of the Senate, announcing that Senators Frederick E. Berry and Steven C. Panagiotakos had been appointed to the Special Commission to study the Massachusetts contributory retirements systems (pursuant to Section 111 of Chapter 182 of the Acts of 2008),— was placed on file.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred in concurrence, as follows:

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to strengthening the Commonwealth’s partnership with municipalities (accompanied by bill, House, No. 104);
To the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relating to sick leave banks (accompanied by bill, House, No. 105);
To the committee on Public Service.
Message from His Excellency the Governor submitting (under Article LXXXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution) Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 2009, reorganizing certain agencies of the Executive Department (printed in House, No. 106);
To the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

A Bill extending the Commonwealth’s power to guarantee obligations of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (printed in House, No. 100,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26C, referred to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.

Communications.

The Clerk read the following communications:

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

William Welch, Clerk
Massachusetts State Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

I was unable to attend the Senate session on February 12, 2009. Had I been present, I would have voted no on the following matter:

* Tisei Amendment to the 2009-2010 Joint Rules.

I respectfully request that a copy of this letter be printed in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for February 12, 2009. Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,
Frederick E. Berry,
Majority Leader.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

February 13, 2009.

Mr. William Welch, Clerk of the Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

I was unable to attend the Senate session on February 12, 2009 due to an illness in my family and I missed one roll call relative to the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on the first amendment, relative to the adoption of a local aid resolution by March 15, 2009.

I respectfully request that this communication be printed in the Journal of the Senate. Thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,
Michael R. Knapik,
2nd Hampden & Hampshire District.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Motion to Reconsider.

Mr. Berry presented a motion that the Senate reconsider the vote by which, at a previous session, it had adopted the Senate Rules for the 2009-2010 legislative session (Senate, No. 5, amended); and, there being no objection, the motion prevailed.
Pending the recurring question on adoption of the Senate Rules, the same Senator presented an amendment in Rule 26C, in the first paragraph, by striking out the word “seven” and inserting in place thereof the following word:— six.
The amendment was adopted.
The recurring question on again adopting the Senate Rules (Senate, No. 5, amended) was then considered; and the Senate Rules were again adopted, as amended.

Messages from the Governor.

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation to transfer county sheriffs to the Commonwealth (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 7) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at twenty-six minutes before five o’clock P.M.),— was read and referred to the committee on the Judiciary;

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation to strengthen the Commonwealth’s partnership with municipalities (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 9) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at twenty-six minutes before five o’clock P.M.),— was read and referred to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government;

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation to provide for uniformity and accountability of sick leave banks (accomapnied by bill, Senate, No. 8) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at twenty-six minutes before five o’clock P.M.),— was read and referred to the committee on Public Service; and

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation to provide for disposition of surplus state real property based on smart growth land use policies (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 6) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at twenty-six minutes before five o’clock P.M.),— was read and referred to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight;
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Governor’s Message — Reorganization Plan.

A Message from His Excellency the Governor submitting (under Article LXXXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution) Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 2009, relative to the reorganization of certain agencies of the executive department (Senate, No. 11),— was read and referred to the committee on State Administration.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Eldridge,—

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

On motion of Mr. Hedlund at fourteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.