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Monday, June 1, 2009.

Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Hart in the Chair)(having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Hart) introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, third and fourth grade students from St. Brigid’s Elementary School in South Boston.  The students were visiting the State House on a field trip and learning about the different aspects of state government.  They were accompanied by third grade teacher, Mrs. Judith Folks, and fourth grade teacher, Ms. Jen Murphy.  Mr. Hart also recognized his employee, Jen Jackson and her daughter Caitlyn, who is currently in the third grade at St. Brigid’s.

Papers from the House.

A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Jennifer Moniz, an employee of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (House, No. 4074,-- on petition),--was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill designating a certain structure in the town of Salisbury as the Paul H. Sullivan sun shade deck (House, No. 714,-- on petition),--was 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. Brewer) “honoring Lorraine DiNuovo on the occasion of her retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Candaras) “commemorating the life and achievements of Michael J. Farrell on the First Annual ‘Hike for Mike’ Benefit”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Eric David Hinxman upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tolman) “commemorating the rededication of the Watertown Founders’ Monument.”

Papers from the House

A Bill relative to betterments in the town of Dracut (House, No. 3833,-- on petition) [Local approval received],-- was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No 4111) of William Smitty Pignatelli and others relative to providing for medical coverage for acupuncture treatments;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Financial Services.                                                          
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No 4120) Angelo M. Scaccia and others relative to designating a certain intersection on Turtle Pond Parkway in the Hyde park district of the city of Boston as Paul P. Loring Square;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.                                                                                                            

Emergency Preamble Adopted.                      

An engrossed Bill authorizing the Department of Fish and Game to acquire conservation restrictions in and to lands owned by the city of Fitchburg (see House, No. 3848), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,-- was  laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the  Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted in  concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.                             
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Hart) and sent to the House for enactment.                                          

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Chandler,—
That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday 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 ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.