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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, July 27, 2009.

Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Spilka 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 (Ms. Spilka), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Petition

Mr. Panagiotakos presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2116) of Steven C. Panagiotakos, Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Kevin J. Murphy and David M. Nangle (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation relative to elections in the city of Lowell in the current year [Local approval received],-- and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Election Laws.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on the Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, that the Senate Bill relative to the leasing of land to the Pittsfield Family YMCA by Berkshire Community College (Senate, No. 600),--ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2114);
Referred, under Senate Rule 27, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Donnelly, for the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, on petition, Resolutions urging Congress to eliminate the two year waiting period for those eligible for SSDI coverage (Senate, No. 2009);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.           

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills
To establish a sick leave bank for Sara Dubik-Unruh, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance (House, No. 1142, amended,-- on petition);
To establish a sick leave bank for a Delores Tower, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services (House, No. 1160,-- on petition); and
To establish a sick leave bank for Crystal Pollack, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services (House, No. 1161,- on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.   

Bills
Authorizing the city of Attleboro to continue the employment of Ronald M, Churchill  (House, No. 1884,-- on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Establishing the position of municipal hearing officer in the town of Southbridge (House, No. 4116,-- on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Michelle Nocera, an employee of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (see House, No. 1150), 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 2 to 0.                             
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Ms. Spilka) and sent to the House for enactment.                                          

 

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported, that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to the naming of the Joseph P. O’Loughlin pond (House, No. 717).
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.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to public utility companies (House, No. 4126, amended),— ought to pass, with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2115.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the bill was read a second time, and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows, to wit:
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4176) of William Smitty Pagnatelli relative to small claims procedure;    
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.                                    

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No.  4175) of Cleon H. Turner and others (by vote of the town) for legislation to amend the charter of the town of Yarmouth;                                                     
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7B, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.                                                          
           
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No.  4174) of Joann DeBettencourt (with the approval of the county commissioners) relative to authorizing the contributory retirement system of the county of Dukes County to recalculate the retirement benefits of Joann DeBettencourt;                                                     
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7A, to the committee on Public Service.                                                         
           
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No.  4177) of Michael J. Rodrigues for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Betty Green, an employee of the Department of Revenue;                                                     
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.                                                         

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
           
Ordered,
That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.
                
On motion of the same Senator, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.