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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Met at five 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, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from Raymond Elementary and Brookfield Elementary schools in the city of Brockton. The students were on a field trip and were taking a tour of the State House. They were the guests of Senator Kennedy.


A communication from the Honorable Therese Murray announcing the appointment of Senator James B. Eldridge to serve as her designee (pursuant to Section 33 of Chapter 6 of the General Laws) to the board of trustees of the Massachusetts State Library.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Joyce, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on the Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 2009 (submitted by the Governor under the provisions of Article LXXXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution) relative to the reorganization of certain agencies of the executive department (see Senate, No. 11) [for Majority Report, see Senate, No. 15],— reported, in accordance with a provision of Joint Rule 23A,— recommending that said Reorganization Plan No. 1 “ought to be approved”.
Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session, the question being “Shall this reorganization plan be approved?”.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “honoring the service of Paul Hurney, Scoutmaster of the Wellesley Boy Scout Troop 182”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Albert F. Ferst on the celebration of Albert F. Ferst Day in the City of Westfield”.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill extending the Commonwealth’s power to guarantee certain obligations of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (printed in House, No. 100),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session without a calendar.

On motion of the same Senator, at twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.