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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, January 9, 2012.
Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Petruccelli 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. Petruccelli), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Petitions were severally presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2103) (subject to Joint Rule 9) of Marc R. Pacheco and Patricia A. Haddad for legislation relative to the Dighton Water District,-- and the same was transmitted, under the provisions of Section 5 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws, to the Secretary of State.
By Mr. Finegold, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2104) of Barry R. Finegold, Paul Adams and James R. Miceli (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the position of town clerk in the town of Tewksbury;
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committee on the Municipalities and Regional Government,
Reports of Committees.
By Ms. Clark, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for LouAnn Laliberte, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance (Senate, No. 2070); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Christine McDonnell, an employee of the Department of Correction; (Senate, No. 2098);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. Finegold, for the committee on Election Laws, on petition, a Bill relative to the election of the Freetown Lakeville regional school district committee members (Senate, No. 2095);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3834) of James M. Cantwell, Garret H. Bradley and Robert L. Hedlund (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize Brian E. Stewart to continue employment with the police department of the town of Scituate, notwithstanding the maximum age requirement,-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.
Establishing a sick leave bank for Maida Green, an employee of the Department of Children and Families (House, No. 3822,-- on petition); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Paula Connelly, an employee of the Trial Court (House, No. 3844,-- on petition);
Were severally read, and under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Baddour and Tarr) “congratulating Chief James A. Flynn, Jr. on his retirement from the Merrimac Police Department”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Barry J. Farrell on being selected as the 2012 Grand Marshal of the sixty-first Saint Patrick's Parade in the City of Holyoke.”
Matters 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 granting of a club license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages in the Town of Lincoln (House, No. 3533),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act relative to the granting of a club license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises in the town of Lincoln”.
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill to establish employment leave and safety remedies to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault (Senate, No. 918),-- ought to pass, with an amendment striking out, in line 13, the words “24B of chapter 265” and inserting in place thereof the following:- “24B, 26D, 50, 51 of chapter 265”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 918, amended) was then ordered to a third reading.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
Emergency Preamble Adopted.
An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Debra Callejas, an employee of the Department of Industrial Accidents (see House, No. 3733, amended), 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. Petruccelli) and sent to the House for enactment.
The following engrossed bills (both of which originated in the House), 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. Petruccelli) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Bolton to grant a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 3497); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Debra Callejas, an employee of the Department of Industrial Accidents (see House, No. 3733, amended).
On motion of Mr. Tarr,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session with a calendar.
Adjournment in Memory of Reverend Thomas J. Fleming
The Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Mr. Tarr, moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of the Reverend Thomas J. Fleming.
The Reverend Thomas J. Fleming died on December 23, 2011 at the Regina Cleri Residence in Boston.
A former Brookline resident, Reverend Fleming was ordained as a priest in 1959. In addition to his service as a U.S. Army Chaplain, he also served in several Massachusetts parishes, including St. Bridget in Abington, St. Patrick in Roxbury, St. Bartholomew in Needham, St. Brigid in South Boston, St. John in Swampscott and St. Peter in Gloucester.
Reverend Fleming was the son of the late Thomas J. and Winifred E. (Hughes) Fleming, and the brother of the late Mildred F. Fleming and Bernard S. Fleming, Chief of Police of the Brookline Police Department. He was the loving uncle of Marie (Fleming) Lailer and her husband Kenneth and their children, Dennis and Michael, all of Whitman. Reverend Fleming is also survived by many extended family members.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Reverend Thomas J. Fleming, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Tuesday next at one o’clock P.M.