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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Thursday, November 4, 2010.
Met according to adjournment at 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.
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2647) of Stephen M. Brewer and Lewis G. Evangelidis ((by vote of the town) for legislation to validate certain proceedings taken at the annual town meeting in the town of Rutland [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committee on Election Laws.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Reports of a Committee.
By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Maryann Audette, an employee of the Department of Revenue (Senate, No. 2644);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Cummington to continue the employment of Police Chief Dennis W. Forgea (Senate, No. 2632) [Local approval received];
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. Donnelly) “congratulating Representative William G. Greene, Jr. on his induction into the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Hall of Fame”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “congratulating William ‘Ronnie’ Collamore, recipient of the 2011 William G. Dwight Distinguished Service to Holyoke Award”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross and Ms. Spilka) “commemorating Harold L. Ordway, Ronald Ordway, Albert Ordway and Francis A. Ordway on the occasion of the dedication of the Ordway Brothers Square.”
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
Emergency Preamble Adopted.
An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Elise Lachance, an employee of the Department of Correction (see House, 4710), 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. Timilty) and sent to the House for enactment.
Motion To Take a Matter Out of the Orders of the Day.
The Chair (Mr. Timilty) asked unanimous consent to take the engrossed Bill relative to comprehensive siting reform for land based wind projects (see House, No. 4955) out of the Orders of the Day for consideration,-- but objection was made thereto by Mr. Tarr.
The engrossed bill was returned to the Orders of the Day for the next session.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President (Mr. Timilty) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Hubbardston to send certain information to the voters relative to ballot questions (see Senate, No. 2090, amended);
Authorizing the town of Dennis to borrow in anticipation of reimbursements from betterments assessed (House, No. 4244, amended);
Authorizing the town of Seekonk to convert certain seasonal licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages or for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises to annual licenses for such sales (see House, No. 4518, amended); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Elise Lachance, an employee of the Department of Correction (see House, No. 4710).
On motion of Mr. Petruccelli,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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 Army Specialist Jonathan M. Curtis
The Senator from Suffolk and Middlesex, Mr. Tolman, requested that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Army Specialist Jonathan M. Curtis of Belmont.
Army Specialist Jonathan M. Curtis of Belmont, was killed outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, November 1, 2010 when an Afghani National Army soldier detonated a suicide bomb at the guard post manned by Specialist Curtis and Pfc. Andrew Meari, killing both men. The instinctive reactions of Specialist Curtis and his squad mate however, succeeded in saving the lives of seven other soldiers. Specialist Curtis was assigned to First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Command Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY. He leaves behind a wife and child, as well as his parents and younger brothers in Belmont.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Army Specialist Jonathan M. Curtis, at twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Petruccelli, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.