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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, March 12, 2012.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Clark 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 (Ms. Clark), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Petition.

By Mr. Welch, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James T. Welch for legislation to establish a special legislative commission on young professionals;
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Keenan, for the committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, on petition, a Bill requiring employees at residential facilities licensed by the Department of Mental Health to be equipped with panic buttons (Senate, No. 2006);
Referred, under Joint Rule 1E, to the committee on Health Care Financing.

By Mr. Donnelly, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on petition, a Bill authorizing the leasing of the Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course (Senate, No. 1583);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to authorize the leasing of the Ponkapoag Golf Course (Senate, No. 1588); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill requiring a comparable site for individuals using the fernald pool (Senate, No. 1638);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.

By Ms. Chang-Diaz, for the committee on Education, on Senate, No. 185 and House, Nos. 142 and 1906, a Bill relative to dropout prevention and recovery (Senate, No. 2173);

By Mr. Donnelly, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on petition, a Bill relative to performance guarantees for subdivision roadway winter plowing (Senate, No. 1564);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1565 and House, No. 827, a Bill requiring a statement of compliance with internet accessibility guidelines for websites to be funded with grant money from the Massachusetts public agencies (Senate, No. 1565);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to create equitable job access (Senate, No. 1568);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to promote safety in transportation projects through public inspections (Senate, No. 1597);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to promote solar hot water installations (Senate, No. 1607);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to recognize the profession of interior designers to bid on state contracts (Senate, No. 1634);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill making technical corrections to the state trademarks act (Senate, No. 1635); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to debarment from bidding (Senate, No. 1636);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Donnelly, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on petition, a Bill relative to flying flags at half-staff upon the death of a police officer or firefighter (Senate, No. 1573);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill designating World Voice Week (Senate, No. 2107); and

By Ms. Donoghue, for the committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1701), a Bill amending the cultural council requirements (Senate, No. 2175);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

By Mr. Welch, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on Senate, No. 2103 and House, No. 3965, a Bill relative to the Dighton Water District in the town of Dighton (Senate, No. 2174) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2103 and House, No. 3965];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Joyce and Hart, Ms. Clark, Ms. Fargo, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Michael O. Moore, Richard T. Moore, Rosenberg, Timilty, Brewer and Wolf) “congratulating Thomas J. Flynn on his appointment as National Political Director of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Adrian Flannelly and Aine Sheridan on their selection as the 2012 recipients of the Ambassador Award by the Saint Patrick's Parade Committee of Holyoke”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Kevin O'Hara as the 2012 John F. Kennedy National Award recipient”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Luke Montgomery Cowper on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Michael Tegu Curley on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Jeffrey Robert Haworth on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Ryan Joseph Maietta on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Zachary A. Roy on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Gregory Lowell Williams on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Welch) “commending Candice E. Lopes for her outstanding dedication to the advancement of women and minorities in the city of Springfield and for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Springfield Community.”

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Wilbraham to lease certain land (Senate, No. 2051) (its title having been changed y the committee on Bills in the Third Read),-- was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Milton to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of a certain restaurant (Senate, No. 2052) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),-- was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Joyce presented an amendment in section 1, by striking out, in line 4, the words “Daniel P. Kerrigan or his” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “Milton’s Opus, LLC or its”.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2052, amended) was then passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the number of voting precincts in the town of Chelmsford (House, No. 3716,-- 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.

Petitions were severally referred, in concurrence, as follows, to wit:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3987) of David Paul Linsky relative to the intimidation of witnesses and interfering with justice;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3988) of John V. Fernandes and Richard T. Moore establishing a sick leave bank for Kristen Robinson, an employee of the Department of Correction; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3989) of Martin J. Walsh and others providing certain accidental disability retirement benefits for the widow of a former police officer of the city of Boston;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to tiered and selective network health plans (see Senate, No. 2148, 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 (Ms. Clark) and sent to the House for enactment.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first two 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 (Ms. Clark) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Relative to community housing and services (see Senate, No. 1967, amended);

Relative to the town clerk in the town of Tewksbury (see Senate, No. 2104); and

Providing retirement options for nonprofit organizations (see House, No. 3754, amended).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, --

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of the same Senator, at twenty-seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.