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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Hart in the Chair).


The Chair (Mr. Hart), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Hart) introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, the fifth grade class from Pope John Paul II Academy in Dorchester. Also recognized was Senator Hart’s daughter, Emily. The class was accompanied by teachers Mrs. Swanton, Ms. Frain and Ms. Tkuchuk. The Senate welcomed them with applause and they withdrew from the Chamber. They were also guests of Representative Marty Walsh.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Kennedy, for the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, on the recommitted petition, a Bill to reduce unwanted communication from creditors to protect the peace and privacy of residents (Senate, No. 105);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.


A Bill to establish a sick leave bank for Patricia Chasse, an employee of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (House, No. 4094,-- on petition),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Relative to dementia patients in longterm care facilitates (House, No. 3947, amended,-- on Senate, No. 284 and House, No. 181 and 347); and
Relative to infrastructure investment, enhanced competitiveness and economic growth in the Commonwealth (House, No. 4119,-- on House, Nos. 1902, 2708 and 3830);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler) “congratulating Steven Schwarzman on his installation as the new Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Hart, Joyce, Brewer, Joyce, Rush and Timilty) “congratulating Bernard L. Fitzgerald II on his retirement following 41 years of dedicated service to the Dorchester District Court Probation Department”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Richard T. Moore) “commending the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation on its observance of Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month.”

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 Eileen M. Donoghue for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Laurie Bourassa, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service
Sent to the House for concurrence.



The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted in concurrence, as follows:
Ordered, that notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government shall be granted until Wednesday, June 27, 2012, within which to report on current House documents numbered 562, 575, 577, 580, 1448, 1449, 1454, 3102, 3317, 3745 and 4051.

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 ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.