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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
Met at five 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.
A communication from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Human Resources Division (under the provisions of Section 25 of Chapter 31 of the General Laws) submitting notice of revocation of certain public safety fire promotional lists (received Tuesday, April 2, 2012),— was placed on file.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Kennedy, for the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 83), a Bill relative to sustainable water conservation practices (Senate, No. 2201);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 125), a Bill relative to mobile spas (Senate, No. 2202);
By Mr. Eldridge, for the committee on Housing, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 586), a Bill relative to housing rights for victims of domestic violence (Senate, No. 2203); and
By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Transportation, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1996), a Bill relative to the use of off-highway and recreation vehicles (Senate, No, 2199);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. Welch, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill authorizing the transfer of land in Marshfield (Senate, No. 2137) [Local approval received]; and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill expanding the provisions of chapter 40U for enforcement of dog law violations in the city of Boston (Senate, No. 2144) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
Mr. McGee, for the committee on Transportation, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1721) of Stephen M. Brewer, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to place the word “veteran” on any eligible driver’s license;
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1722) of Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to further regulate the sale of distinctive registration plates for veterans; and
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1731) of Cynthia S. Creem for legislation relative to the penalties for drag racing;
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4024) of Timothy R. Madden for legislation to further regulate the investigation of cases filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination,-- was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray, Messrs. Brewer and Brownsberger, Ms. Candaras, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Chang-Díaz, Ms. Clark, Ms. Creem, Messrs. DiDomenico, Donnelly, Downing and Eldridge, Ms. Donoghue, Ms. Fargo, Ms. Flanagan, Mr. Hedlund, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs Joyce, McGee, Michael O. Moore, Richard T. Moore, Pacheco and Rush, Ms. Spilka and Messrs Tarr, Timilty, Welch and Wolf) “recognizing the month of April, 2012, as ‘The Month of the Military Child’ and April 13, 2012, as ‘Purple Up for Military Kids Day’.”
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, pursuant to Senate Rule 19, a Committee Bill relative to the right to repair (Senate, No. 2204).
The committee bill was read.
Mr. Brewer offered the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That notwithstanding Senate Rule 7 or any other rule to the contrary, the Committee Bill relative to the right to repair (Senate, No. 2204), reported from the committee on Ways and Means, shall be placed in the Orders of the Day for a second reading on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
All amendments shall be filed electronically in the office of the Clerk of the Senate by 12:00 noon, on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. All such amendments shall be second-reading amendments to the Ways and Means Committee bill (Senate, No. 2204). The Clerk shall further specify the procedure and format for filing all amendments, consistent with this order.
After the bill as amended is ordered to a third reading, it shall immediately be read a third time and the question shall then immediately be on passing it to be engrossed, and no amendments shall be in order at the third reading of the bill unless recommended by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading.
Under the rules, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Berry, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the order ought to be adopted.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2204) was then placed in the Orders of the Day for a second reading for Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Report 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 Bruce E. Tarr and Ann-Margaret Ferrante (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to designate a portion of the route 128 extension in the city of Gloucester as the Purple Heart Highway.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Transportation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
On motion of Mr. Timilty,--
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.
On motion of the same Senator, at a quarter past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at one o'clock P.M.