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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

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

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Ms. Spilka) handed the gavel to Mr. Brown for the purpose of an introduction.  Mr. Brown then introduced Glenn Jones of Franklin, and his daughters, Dakota and Jillian.  They won the chance to be “Senator for the Day” at the Davis Thayer Silent Auction to benefit the Kids of Davis Thayer in Franklin. They were the guests of Senators Brown and Spilka.  The Senate welcomed them with applause and they withdrew from the Chamber.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Spilka) introduced a group of people visiting from Greece.  Dimitris Kyriakides was the son of the 1946 Boston Marathon Champion, Stylianos Kyriakides. Dimitris is a tireless promoter and supporter of the sport of marathoning around the world andcarries with him the Flame of Marathon, which is an eternal symbol of peace, comradeship, collaboration and cultural exchange.  He was accompanied by Sean Wallace-Jones, the Senior Manager for Road Running for the International Association of Athletics Federation, Nikoletta and Michael Kaperoni, private citizens who are patrons of marathon-related events and tourism, Tim Kilduff, Presient of the Hopkinton Athletic Association and John Papadupoulas, a reporter for TA NEA Newspaper and Sky TV Station in Greece, who ran the Boston Marathon yesterday.  They were also accompanied by Representative Carolyn Dykema of Holliston and Kathleen Culler, a photographer from Metro West Daily News.


A communication from the Honorable Michael O. Moore, under the provisions of General Laws Chapter 268A (received in the Office of
the Clerk of the Senate on Friday, April 17, 2009),,-- was placed on file.

Report of a Committee

By Mr. Richard T. Moore, for the committee on Health Care Financing, on petition, a Bill to make technical correction in a certain law relative to oral health (Senate, No. 536) [Estimated cost; $0];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.    


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “congratulating Chief Edward M. Merrick, Jr. on the occasion of his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Flanagan) “recognizing Henry L. Robichaud for 50 years of service to the Gardner Franco-American Federal Credit Union”;        Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hart) “congratulating Edward J. Kenney on the occasion of his ninety-fifth birthday”;      
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “commending Rabbi Loel M. Weiss for his outstanding dedication to the town of Randolph”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. O’Leary) “honoring the memory of Bernard C. Webber.”


The Clerk read the following communication:


April 17, 2009

William Welch, Clerk
Massachusetts State Senate
State House, Room 334
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:
I was unable to attend the Senate session on April 16, 2009. Had I been present, I would have voted in favor of the following:

  1. House Bill, No. 100 An Act Extending the Commonwealth’s Power to Guarantee Certain Obligations of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

I respectfully request that a copy of this letter be printed in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for April 16, 2009. Thank you in advance for your attendance to this important matter.

Majority Leader.

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

Report of a Committee

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Michael P. Harrington, an employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (House, No. 2579),-- ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.         

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.
On motion of the same Senator, at a quarter past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock  A.M.