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Monday, September 28, 2009.

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

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill relative to the appointment of a certain civil service class as firefighters in the city of Boston (Senate, No. 2032) [Local approval received]; and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill providing that the chief of police in the town of Sandwich shall be exempt from civil service law and rules (Senate, No. 2076) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.


A Bill relating to clean energy (House, No. 4253,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill authorizing the city of Methuen to lease a building to the head start program of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (House, No. 4261,— on House, No. 599) [Local approval received on House, No. 599],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.


Of the committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 738) of Cynthia Stone Creem, Willie Mae Allen, Bruce E. Tarr and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a public guardianship commission; and
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1922) of Willie Mae Allen, Kay Kahn and others for legislation to establish and set up on the books of the Commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the public guardianship commission fund;
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on the Judiciary;
Were severally considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4263) of Brian S. Dempsey relative to establishing a sick leave bank for John “Jack” Bevelaqua an employee of the Department of Energy Resources,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the charter of the town of Lunenburg (see House, No. 635) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted and signed by the Acting President (Mr. Timilty) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow 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 four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.