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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, August 31, 2009.
Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Petruccelli in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Petruccelli), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
The following communications were severally received and placed on file:
Several communications from the Honorable Therese Murray, President of the Senate, announcing the appointments of:
Senator James Eldridge to the Special Commission established (pursuant to Section 145 of Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2009) relative to special water infrastructure finance;
Senators Brian A. Joyce and Stephen M. Brewer to the Special Commission established (pursuant to Section 104 of Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009) to make an investigation and study of the creation of a new independent office of public accountability; and
Ms. Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea of Salem (under the provisions of Section 66 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws) to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) to a term that expires on October 31, 2012; and
A communication from the Honorable Richard R. Tisei, Senate Minority Leader, announcing the appointment of Senator Bruce E. Tarr to the Special Commission established (pursuant to Section 104 of Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009) to make an investigation and study of the creation of a new independent office of public accountability.
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Joyce, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1446), a Bill authorizing a governmental body to enter into contracts for the inspection, maintenance, repair or modification of water storage facilities ( Senate, No. 2135);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4219) of Theodore C. Speliotis and Frederick E. Berry (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to the election calendar in the city of Peabody;
To the committee on Election Laws.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4120) of Susan Williams Gifford and Marc R. Pacheco (by vote of the town) relative to property taxes in the town of Carver;
To the committee on Revenue.
Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.
There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House Bill relative to the charter of the town of Provincetown (House, No. 4135),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4225) of Thomas P. Conroy for legislation relative to real estate tax deferral and recovery agreements;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Revenue.
On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
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.
Adjournment in Memory of Police Officer Michael Davey.
The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, requested that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Police Officer Michael Davey of Weymouth.
Officer Michael Davey proudly served as an officer in the Weymouth Police Department for five years. Prior to joining the Weymouth Police Department, Mr. Davey fought for our nation as a member of the Army National Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Mr. Davey followed in his father’s footsteps and became a police officer for his hometown of Weymouth in 2005. Mr. Davey was a devoted public servant, family man, and friend. He was killed in the line of duty on August 24, 2009 at the age of 34. He was the loving husband of high school sweetheart Kathleen Davey, and loving father of three children, James, Brianna, and Joey.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Police Officer Michael Davey, at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Knapik, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.