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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, January 23, 2012.
Pursuant to assignment, at eight minutes before seven o’clock P.M., the two branches met in
in the Chamber of the House of Representatives, for the purpose of receiving such communication as His Excellency, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth, may be pleased to make relative to the concerns of the Commonwealth; and were called to order by the Honorable Therese Murray, President of the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Berry,--
Ordered, That a committee be appointed to consist of members of the Senate and House of Representatives to wait upon His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, the Constitutional officers, members of the Executive Council and other distinguished guests of the Governor and inform them that the two branches are now in Convention and request the honor of their presence.
Senators Brewer, Chandler, Downing and Tarr were appointed on the part of the Senate; and Representatives Haddad of Somerset, O’Day of West Boylston, Peterson of Grafton, Hogan of Stow, Costello of Newburyport, Vieira of Falmouth and Holmes of Boston, were appointed on the part of the House.
Subsequently, Mr. Brewer, for the committee, reported that His Honor, Timothy P. Murray, the Lieutenant-Governor, the Constitutional officers, members of the Executive Council, members of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Adjutant General would immediately attend upon the convention.
Shortly thereafter, His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Timothy P. Murray, the Constitutional officers, members of the Executive Council, members of the Supreme Judicial Court and Adjutant General Joseph C. Carter entered the Chamber under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The President then introduced Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism, who delivered the following Invocation:
In the Torah portion
That the Jewish people read this week
We hear the story of the exodus;
Specifically, the recitation of the plagues
God brings down upon Egypt
Calling out to Pharaoh;
Will you refuse
To humble yourself
Let my people go
That they may serve me …
So God we turn to you on the occasion
Of this assembly
As our esteemed Governor, Deval Patrick
And his collegues
Here in the chamber of our government
Gather to reflect on the
State of the Commonwealth
Under the hopeful gaze
Of the women, men and children
Who live and work here
And ask you before God:
Let us humble ourselves.
Let us remember
We are in your service;
There is a higher purpose;
In the scripture
We read of the plague of thick darkness:
… A darkness that can be touched …
That descended upon all the land of Egypt
For three days
People could not see one another …
While all the Israelites enjoyed light
In their dwellings
How could it be
That for the Egyptians
It was utter darkness
But among the Hebrew slaves
There was light?
The rabbis teach
That the darkness was caused
By the Egyptians’ own
They were blind
To the suffering of the Hebrews!
For seeing the pain of others
Rising up against injustice
Reaching up for the higher purpose
Brings light --
While closing our eyes
Can only cause darkness …
Much light has burst forth from this chamber
A cradle of American Democracy
Where courageous representatives and senators
In which bold governors
Have championed the rights of all people;
A body that in recent memory
Became a model for the nation
By guaranteeing every person access
To health care
By protecting the marriage rights
Of all people
By defending our young people
From bullying and abuse
These lawmakers have blazed
The flaming light of justice
And so our eyes are open
To both the suffering
And the beauty
Of one another.
Let not our eyes begin to close;
Let not the darkness descend;
Even during these painful economic times
When resources seem so scarce
And politics have become so cruel
For the need is so very, very real.
Open up our eyes oh God,
Open them wide!
Let us continue to see the truth
About our sisters and brothers
Throughout our great Commonwealth;
And let us continue to be
A model for our nation
Like the shining dome of this great hall
Reflecting the midday sun
From this very street
So aptly named
A Beacon –
A Beacon of shining light
Across our nation.
And let us say, amen!
On motion of Mr. Tarr,--
Ordered, That a committee be appointed to consist of members of the Senate and House of Representatives to wait upon His Excellency the Governor and inform him that the two branches are now in Convention for the purpose of receiving such communication as he may be pleased to make to them relating to the concerns of the Commonwealth.
Senators Hart, Donoghue, Clark and Tarr were appointed on the part of the Senate; and Representatives Rushing of Boston, Beaton of Shrewsbury, Mahoney of Worcester, McMurtry of Dedham, Brady of Brockton, Wong of Saugus and Henriques of Boston were appointed on the part of the House.
Subsequently, Mr. Hart, for the committee, reported that His Excellency the Governor, Deval L. Patrick would immediately attend upon the convention.
Moment of Silence.
The President then introduced Lieutenant-Governor Timothy P. Murray, who requested a moment of silence to the memories of Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies and Peabody Firefighter James Rice who died in the line of duty last month.
Pledge of Allegiance.
The Lieutenant-Governor then introduced Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell and Peabody Fire Chief Steven Pasden, who led the convention in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
The Lieutenant-Governor then introduced 12 year old Emma Henderson of Northampton, who sang our National Anthem
Shortly thereafter, His Excellency the Governor, Deval L. Patrick, entered the Chamber under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The President then introduced His Excellency the Governor, Deval L. Patrick, who thereupon addressed the Convention relative to the concerns of the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 5).
The President in the Chair, she then introduced Bishop John M. Borders, III, of the Morning Star Baptist Church who delivered the Benediction.
The President in the Chair, His Excellency the Governor, Deval L. Patrick, the Lieutenant Governor, the Constitutional officers, the members of the Executive Council, members of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Adjutant General then withdrew from the Chamber under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
At eight minutes past eight o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Petruccelli, the Convention was dissolved.