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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Met at two minutes past one o’clock P.M. (Mr. Donnelly in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Donnelly), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
The following communications were severally received and placed on file, to wit:
Communication from the Honorable Martin J. Benison, Comptroller, submitting copies of a report on prior year deficiencies (received in the Office of the Clerk of the Senate on Friday, January 13, 2012, at four o’clock P.M.); and
Communication from the Honorable Martin J. Benison, Comptroller, submitting a report on “Settlements and Judgments” for the six month period ending December 2011 (pursuant to Section 2H of Chapter 29 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 37 of Chapter 68 of the Acts of 2011) (received in the Office of the Clerk of the Senate on Friday, January 13, 2012, at four o’clock P.M.)
A report of the Special Commission of Provider Price Reform (pursuant to Section 67 of Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010) submitting a report of its findings and recommendations,-- was placed on file.
By Ms. Candaras, a petition (subject to Joint Rules 9 and 12) of Gale D. Candaras for legislation relating to municipal wholesale electric companies,-- and the same was transmitted, under the provisions of Section 5 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws, to the Secretary of State.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
Petitions were severally referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3867) of Alice Hanlon Peisch, Cynthia S. Creem and Richard J. Ross (by vote of the town) that the town of Wellesley be authorized to grant up to twelve additional licenses for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises of restaurants and function rooms having a seating capacity of 50 or more seats;
To the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3874) of Thomas M. Petrolati (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Springfield to convey certain park land and to grant a license agreement over certain park land to Unifirst Corporation; and
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3881) of James Arciero, Susan C. Fargo and others (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Chelmsford to lease a certain parcel of land in said town for agricultural purposes;
Severally to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3875) of Todd M. Smola, Anne M. Gobi and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of Jeanine Bonnayer as a police officer in the town of Ware, notwithstanding the maximum age requirement;
To the committee on Public Service.
The Clerk read the following communication:
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053
January 12, 2012
William F. Welch, Clerk
Massachusetts State Senate
The State House
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Mr. Clerk:
I was unable to be present at the formal session on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, and Thursday, January 12, 2012, due to a prior family commitment.
Had I been in attendance I would have voted in the affirmative to engross S 2101, improving accountability and oversight of education collaborative. I would have voted in the affirmative to engross S 918, to establish employment leave and safety remedies to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Kenneth J Donnelly,
4th Middlesex District
On motion of Mr. Ross, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.
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 Senate Bill validating certain elections in the town of Dudley (Senate, No. 2048),-- was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
The House Bill re-establishing existing Plum Island polling place within Ward 1 of the City of Newburyport (House, No. 3855,-- on petition) [Local approval received],-- was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Ross, and the bill 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 establishing a voting precinct in the city of Newburyport”.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Berry, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael O. Moore, Harriette L. Chandler, John J. Binienda and James J. O'Day for legislation to designate World Voice Week.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Ross, and the report was considered forthwith; Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
On motion of Mr. Ross,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.
On motion of the same Senator, at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at one o’clock P.M.