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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
Met according to adjournment at one o’clock P.M. (Mr. Petruccelli in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Petruccelli), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
A communication from the Honorable Therese Murray, President
of the Senate, announcing the appointments of Senators Robert A. O’Leary
and Gale D. Candaras and Ms. Patricia DeSiata of Kingston (pursuant to Chapter 215 of the Acts of 2008) to the Early Education and Care Advisory
Council,-- was placed on file.
Papers from the House.
A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to the State Racing Commission (House, No. 1144),-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1143) of Colleen M. Garry and Susan C. Tucker (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the appointment of special police officers in the town of Dracut,-- was referred, in concurrence, to committee on Public Service.
A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Angela Wilson, an employee of the Department of Youth Services (House, No. 613,-- on petition),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A Bill relative employees of the town of Westborough (House, No. 3796,-- on petition) [Local approval received], -- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “commending members of the Canton Department Of Public Works on receiving the Public Safety Award from the Knights Of Columbus, Father John J. Flatley Council 2095 of Canton”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “commending members of the Canton Fire Department on receiving the Public Safety Award from the Knights Of Columbus, Father John J. Flatley Council 2095 of Canton”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating members of the Canton Police Department on receiving the Public Safety Award from the Knights Of Columbus, Father John J. Flatley Council 2095 of Canton”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kennedy) “congratulating Robin Steele on being named 2010 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year semifinalist by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.”
Mr. Richard T. Moore offered the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That there shall be a special senate committee on national health reform that shall review federal efforts to reform health care. The special senate committee shall focus specifically on the following: lessons learned from health reform and cost-control efforts in the commonwealth; an analysis of national proposals being advanced by the President and Congress of the United States; the impact of those proposals on health reform in the commonwealth; and whether any features contained in those proposals mandate new or expanded costs or requirements on state government or preempt powers reserved to state government by the Constitution of the United States.
The special senate committee shall be comprised of the senate members of the joint legislative committee on health care financing. The senate chairperson of the committee on health care financing shall serve as chairperson of the special committee.
The special committee may hold hearings relative to proposals under consideration by the President and the Congress of the United States; provided, however, that the special committee may invite expert witnesses in connection with national health reform proposals and their impact on the commonwealth.
The special committee may undertake studies or investigations it considers necessary to its review. The special committee shall report to the senate the results of its review not later than July 31, 2010 and may make recommen-dations, including, but not limit to, resolutions memorializing the President and the Congress of the United States.
Under the rules, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Berry, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the order ought to be adopted.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.
On motion of Mr. Brown,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next in a full formal session without a calendar.