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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Thursday, June 23, 2011.
Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Petruccelli in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Petruccelli), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Ms. Candaras presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Gale D. Candaras, Brian Ashe, Cory Atkins, James M. Cantwell and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the punishment for the exploitation of emergency or major disaster victims;
Referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Kennedy, for the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1874), a Bill authorizing the city of Salem to issue additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages (Senate, No. 1944) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 1874];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Nancy Whittier, an employee of the Trial Court (House, No. 3496,-- on petition);
Was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Baddour and Tarr) “honoring Richard M. Stanley for his dedicated service as the Chief of Police in the town of North Andover”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “congratulating Arthur Obermayer on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.”
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 amending the city of Gloucester charter (Senate, No. 1059),-- was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Tarr presented an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the following text:-
“The charter of the city of Gloucester, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by inserting, after section 7-19, the following subsection:
Sec. 7-20. City Water Systems Ownership.
The city of Gloucester’s water supply and distribution system shall be owned by the city and shall not be sold, leased or otherwise transferred unless and until the city council, under section 9-5 (‘Submission of Proposed Measure to Voters’), submits the question of a sale, lease or transfer of ownership to a referendum vote of the voters for adoption or rejection; provided, however that the sale, lease or transfer of the water supply and distribution system shall require at least two-thirds of the votes on such question to have approved such sale, lease or transfer.”
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 1059, amended) was then passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Reports of a Committee.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill authorizing Holyoke Community College to borrow funds for the acquisition and renovation of certain real property in the city of Holyoke (Senate, No. 572) (the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets having recommended that the bill be amended by substituting a new draft with the same title, Senate, No. 1901),-- reported that the recommended Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets new draft (Senate, No. 1901) ought to be adopted.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
The bill (Senate, No. 1901) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill establishing a sick bank for Matthew Robitaille, an employee of the Bristol Sheriff’s Office (House, No. 3495, amended),-- ought to pass.
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, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Matthew Robitaille, an employee of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office”.
On motion of Mr. Hedlund,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow 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 twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.