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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Met at three minutes past one o’clock P.M. (Mr. Timilty in the Chair).

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


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. McGee) “commending Moira Landry of Swampscott on her national recognition for exemplary volunteer service”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Richard T. Moore and Brewer, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Creem, Mr. Downing, Ms. Fargo, Ms. Flanagan, Messrs. Galluccio, Kennedy and Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Pacheco, Tisei and Tolman and Ms. Tucker) “commemorating the national celebration of Women’s History Month”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Brendan Hanrahan on the occasion of his elevation to Eagle Scout.”

Message from the Governor.

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation to reform, rebuild, and renew the transportation system of the Commonwealth for the twenty-first century (Senate, No. 13) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at nineteen minutes past five o’clock P.M.),— was referred to the committee on Transportation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

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.

Adjournment in Memory of Alan Champagne.

The Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Ms. Tucker, and the Senator from Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth, Mr. Joyce, requested that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Alan Champagne of Andover, 57, who died unexpectedly on February 17, 2009.

Born in Lowell, he was a graduate of Lowell High School and Fitchburg State College and did post graduate work at Boston University. He was a member of St. Augustine Church in Andover. He was a dedicated employee of the Commonwealth for the last 29 years at the Department of Housing and Community Development, where he most recently served as a Project Manager. He was an avid sailor, New England Patriots fan, runner, hiker and enjoyed many other outdoor activities with his family, relatives and friends.

Alan is survived by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” (Greeley) Champagne and their son, Colin Greeley Champagne, both of Andover. His mother, Mary Glenna (Sheehan) Champagne of Chelmsford, brother, Donald P. Champagne and his wife Joanne of Dracut, his sister, Linda E. Vaillancourt and her husband, Gary of Lowell, along with many nieces and nephews. Alan was the son of the late Walter L. Champagne and brother of the late Paul L. and James M. Champagne.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Alan Champagne, at eleven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.