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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, February 27, 2012.
Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Donnelly in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Donnelly), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mr. Richard T. Moore presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore, Paul K. Frost and Ryan C. Fattman for legislation to convey land in the town of Sutton;
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Rodrigues, for the committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 45), a Bill to establish a task force relative to the Commonwealth’s direct-care workforce (Senate, No. 2156);
Referred, under Joint Rule 1E, to the committee on Health Care Financing.
Mr. Berry, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Education to make an investigation and study of a certain current Senate document relative to education issues (Senate, No. 2157),-- and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ethics and Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3950) of Steven S. Howitt, Patricia A. Haddad and Michael J. Rodrigues (by vote of the town) relative to the Supplemental Reserve Fund to ensure fiscal stability in the town of Swansea,-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Revenue.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Joyce, Baddour and Brownsberger, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Donoghue, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Keenan, Michael O. Moore, Pacheco and Rosenberg, Ms. Spilka and Messrs. Tarr and Wolf) “congratulating the Honorable James F. McHugh on his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Richard T. Moore) “honoring Marie Ryan of Blackstone on being designated as a recipient of the Saint Timothy Award”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Thomas J. Turner on his retirement as dispatcher for the Wayland Joint Communications Center.”
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 establishing the water and sewer commission of the town of Dudley (Senate, No. 2060) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),-- was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Reports of Committees.
Mr. Berry, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 1, 2012:
The Senate Bill to increase routine testing for HIV (Senate, No. 1997) (the committee on Ethics and Rules recommending that the bill be amended by substituting a new draft with the same title, Senate, No. 2158).
The bill (Senate, No. 1997) was placed in the Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 1, 2012, for a second reading with the Ethics and Rules new draft (Senate, No. 2158) pending.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to private occupational schools (House, No. 3625, amended), -- ought to pass, with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2159.
Under the rules, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Berry, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the bill be placed in the Orders of the Day for immediate consideration on Thursday, March 1, 2012
The bill (House, No. 3625, amended) was placed in the Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 1, 2012, for a second reading with the Ways and Means new text (Senate, No. 2159) pending.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
The Senate Bill to improve the administration of state government and finance (Senate, No. 1940),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of House document numbered 3949.
Mr. Richard T. Moore moved that the Senate NON-concur in the House amendments and asked for a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches; and Senators Baddour, Donnelly and Knapik were appointed to the committee on the part of the Senate.
The bill was returned to the House endorsed accordingly.
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 with a calendar.
Adjournment in Memory of Marine Corporal Christopher A. Arzola.
The Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, requested that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Marine Corporal Christopher A. Arzola, 22 years old, of Westfield, who died February 14, 2012 in Dana Point, California in an automobile accident. Corporal Arzola was a data network specialist with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, California.
Corporal Arzola was a 2008 graduate of Westfield High School where he excelled as a member of the Varsity Volleyball team. Following his graduation, he joined the US Marine Corps and was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia before being transferred this past July to Camp Pendleton. He enjoyed playing his guitar and was an avid gamer. He was also a member of American Legion Post 124 in Westfield. Christopher leaves his mother, Marisol Arzola, a son, Landon Halpin-Arzola and Landon's mother Kaliegh Halpin of Southwick, his grandparents Mike and Antonia Chasse of Westfield, and many close friends, family and fellow Marines.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Marine Corporal Christopher A. Arzola, at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Ross, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at one o’clock P.M.