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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Thursday, June 7, 2012.
Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
The Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and staff in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Petitions were severally presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Knapik, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2294) of Michael R. Knapik and John Scibak (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Easthampton to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
By Ms. Murray, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2295) of Therese Murray and Viriato Manuel deMacedo (by vote of the town) for legislation to amend the charter of the town of Plymouth [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.
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 Transportation to make an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relating to transportation matters (Senate, No. 2290),-- 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 Bill authorizing the town of Sudbury to establish a means tested senior citizen property tax exemption (House, No. 4062, amended,-- on petition) [Local approval received];
Was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kennedy) “congratulating the National Scoliosis Foundation' and the Scoliosis Research Society on their observance of June 2012 as National Scoliosis Awareness Month”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross and Ms. Creem) “congratulating Kevin Boyle on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Maxwell J. Boehnert on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Nicholas Andrew Kalamvokis on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Edward Perry on his retirement as Lieutenant of the Fire Department in the town of Wrentham”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Frederick True on the occasion of his retirement as a firefighter in the town of Wrentham”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Spilka) “congratulating Cameron Rogers Duval on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Spilka) “congratulating Matthew Lee Hugo on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;
Motion to Reconsider.
On motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate reconsidered the vote, by which, at the preceding session, it had amended and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, the House Bill providing for certain reforms in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (House, No. 4125).
Pending the recurring question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Tarr presented an amendment striking out section 3 (as previously amended by the Senate) and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
“SECTION 3. Section 132 of chapter 25 of the acts of 2009 is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- Section 6 of chapter 15 of the acts of 1993 shall cease to have legal effect 10 days after the authority provides notice to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means and to the chairs of the joint committee on transportation of an intent, consistent with the requirements of section 132 of chapter 25 of the acts of 2009, to enter into any sale, conveyance, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, abandonment or other disposition of said garage.”.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was again passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.
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 further regulating certain town meeting notices in the town of Belmont (Senate, No. 2223),-- was 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. 4157) of Paul McMurty for legislation to authorize the Dedham-Westwood Water District employees to buy back creditable service in the retirement system of Norfolk County;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7A, to the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4158) of Kathi-Anne Reinstein for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Lawrence Marino, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4159) of James E. Vallee for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Clifton Watson, an employee of the Registry of Motor Vehicles;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
There being no objection, at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at fourteen minutes past two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
Emergency Preamble Adopted.
An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Janet Ochner, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services (see House, No. 3969), 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 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Rosenberg) and sent to the House for enactment.
On motion of Mr. Ross,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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 a quarter past two o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.