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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, March 29, 2010.

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

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

Engrossed Bill – Laid Before the Governor.

An engrossed Bill relative to elections for the Dennis Water District (see House, No. 1140, amended) (which originated in the House), -- having been passed to be enacted and signed by the Acting President (Mr. Panagiotakos) on Thursday, March 25, 2010,-- was laid before the Governor for his approbation on Friday, March 26, 2010.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills
Exempting the position of chief of police of the town of Natick from the civil service law (House, No. 4419-- on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Relative to the transfer of land in the town of Sharon (House, No. 4468) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Flanagan) “congratulating the Leominster Colonial Band on its one hundredth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “honoring the Knights of Columbus on their one hundred and twenty-eighth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Spilka, Ms. Creem, Mr. Eldridge, Ms. Fargo and Mr. Richard T. Moore) “honoring A. Theodore Welte on the occasion of his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Zachary Berry on the occasion of his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Robert Powell on the occasion of his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Joshua Reynolds on the occasion of his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Robert Wisialko on the occasion of his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered forthwith:
The Senate Bill providing a tax exemption for certain qualifying real estate in the town of Hamilton (Senate, No. 2085) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),-- was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House Bill establishing a regional wastewater district for the towns of Mansfield, Foxborough and Norton (House, No. 4307),-- was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, in concurrence, Mr. Timilty presented an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2349.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

The House Bill authorizing the town of Arlington to place a certain question relative to the sale of alcoholic beverages at a town election (House, No. 4403),-- was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, in concurrence, Mr. Donnelly presented an amendment striking out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

“Notwithstanding any limitations imposed by section 11 of chapter 138 of the General Laws as to the time and manner of voting on the question, the state secretary shall cause to be placed on the official ballot to be used in the town of Arlington at the biennial state election to be held in the year 2010 the following question:

“Shall the board of selectmen be authorized to grant up to 3 licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises in replacement of up to 3 existing licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises?

Yes__________ No____________.”; and by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title:- “An Act authorizing the placement of a certain question on the ballot to be used at the 2010 biennial state election in the town of Arlington relative to the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises”.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. McGee, on petition, a Bill exempting the position of deputy chief of police in the town of Wakefield from provisions of the civil service law (Senate, No. 2230).
The bill was read. There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act exempting the position of deputy chief of police in the town of Wakefield from the civil service law” .
Sent to the House for concurrence.

By Mr. Berry, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the petition of Bruce E. Tarr, Thomas M. McGee, Robert F. Fennell, Steven A. Baddour and other members of the General Court for legislation to reform the Essex regional retirement board.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE

The Senate Bill providing for an investigation and study by a special commission on the reuse of Westborough State Hospital (Senate, No. 2219),-- came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment in line 10 and in line 11 by striking out the figure “2” (as inserted by the Senate committee on Bills in the Third Reading) and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the figure “3”.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the Senate concurred in the House amendment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

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

On motion of the same Senator, at fourteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in a full formal session.