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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Tuesday, April 17, 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.

Petition.

Mr. Brownsburger presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2223) of William N. Brownsberger for legislation to regulate certain town meeting notices in the town of Belmont [Local approval received],-- and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Public Health, on Senate, Nos. 1071 and 1118 and House, Nos. 590, 632 and 1485, a Bill relative to health care providers and first responders education (Senate, No. 1118); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1166 and House, No. 1499, a Bill protecting public health (Senate, No. 1166);
Severally referred, under Joint Rule 1E, to the committee on Health Care Financing.

By Ms. Chang-Diaz, for the committee on Education, on Senate, No. 216 and House, Nos. 1053 and 2709, a Bill to improve quality physical education (Senate, No. 2221); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, Nos. 183 and 222 and House, Nos. 136, 154 and 174, a Bill to involve youth in civic engagement (Senate, No. 2222);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brownsberger) “honoring Steven Tolman for his tireless efforts to ensure that the memories and lessons of the Armenian Genocide will never be forgotten”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brownsberger) “honoring Joyce Van Dyke for her contributions to commemorate the Armenian Genocide”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Peter Charpentier on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Brock Duvarney on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Zachary Jones on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Michael Plantamura on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Spilka and Mr. Ross) “commemorating the life and service of United States Army Private First Class Francis J. Hesck on the dedication of the Francis J. Hesck Square in the town of Natick.”

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Boston The Honorable Francis X. Coppinger Bridge (Senate, No. 1787).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Boston the Honorable Charles Doyle Bridge (Senate, No. 1788).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE

Petitions were severally referred, in concurrence, as follows, to wit:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4049) of Angelo M. Scaccia, William F. Galvin (Secretary of the Commonwealth) and others relative to ballot questions concerning the issuance of licenses for gaming establishments;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Election Laws.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4050) of David Paul Linksy, Benjamin Swan and others relative to indigent defense counsel;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Scituate to continue the employment of the chief of police, Brian E. Stewart (see House, No. 3834) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted and signed by the Acting President (Mr. Petruccelli) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,--

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.

Adjournment in Memory of Richard Lee Adelman

The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Richard Lee Adelman.

Richard Lee Adelman died peacefully of natural causes on April 1, 2012, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was in his wife’s arms and in the presence of one of his closest friends, Ken Eisenstein, at the time of his passing.

Born in Brookline on October 13, 1946 to Dr. Norman and Mrs. Ruth Lewitus Adelman, Richard had two great loves throughout his life: his devoted wife, Janice Adelman, and his music. Richard started playing drums at age 8 and studied under several Boston-area teachers, including percussion legend George Stone. A staple of the Boston music scene from a young age, Richard went on to play in bands with music greats including Donna Summer, Jonathan Edwards, Rita Coolidge, the Hues Corporation, Martin Mull, and Billy Vera and the Beaters. Richard’s role as Donna Summer’s drummer on her album "Live and More" earned him a Platinum Record and his role on Jonathan Edwards’s hit single "Sunshine" earned him a Gold Record.

While Richard was at Brookline High School, he met the love of his life, Janice Sokoloski, a Saint Mary’s Catholic School girl with a soft spot for the Jewish drummer at her high school dance. The two formed a life-long bond and went on to marry and raise a family together. The strength of that bond endured through significant hardship over the years, including an automobile accident in 1985 that left Richard quadriplegic.

Richard was a warm, soft-spoken man who embraced all he met with his kind heart. He will be remembered best for his gentle spirit, his devotion to family, his incredible musical talent, his love of sports and his astonishing resilience. Whether performing for sold out arenas of fans, working as an advocate for disabled musicians, or playing percussion and dancing during evening “music hour” with his beloved granddaughters, Richard shared his love of music with many people throughout his life. Richard’s capacity for spreading joy and remaining positive throughout the most challenging times of his life served as an inspiration to all who knew him.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Richard Lee Adelman, at twenty-two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Hedlund, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.