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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Thursday, August 4, 2011.
Met at four 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.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Petruccelli) handed the gavel to Mr. Hedlund for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Hedlund then introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, Karen Jacobsen of Hingham. Karen is the daughter of Weymouth native Eric “Pete” Jacobsen, a fisherman who perished in the frigid Bering Sea off Alaska after his vessel sank two years ago. He is credited with putting the safety of his crew first by making sure the Coast Guard rescued them ahead of himself and the other officers. Karen was accompanied by Kumu Gupta, a former-member of the Advisory Board for the Asian American Commission and the former-Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Human Rights Commission of the city of Quincy.
Reports of a Committee.
By Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Public Health, on petition, a Bill relative to robotic surgery in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 1143);
Read and, under Joint Rule 29, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
By Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Public Health, on petition, a Bill relative to oral cancer therapy (Senate, No. 1070);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to educational information about premature infants’ risks and healthcare needs (Senate, No. 1082);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to provide information on the health benefits of breastfeeding (Senate, No. 1093);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1094 and House, No. 591, a Bill restricting the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed (Senate, No. 1094);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill establishing a voluntary rehabilitation program for pharmacist and pharmacy interns (Senate, No. 1101); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to provide survivorship plans and wellness resources for cancer patients (Senate, No. 1177);
Severally referred, under Joint Rule 1E, to the committee on Health Care Financing.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer and Ms. Candaras) “recognizing Roger Pyzocha for his long-standing commitment to sports enthusiasts of the Commonwealth”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “congratulating the Board of Trustees of the Sandwich Public Library on the one hundredth anniversary of the library’s dedication”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Elaine Saunders on the occasion of her retirement after 31 years of outstanding service to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.”
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 House Bill relative to amending the charter of the town of Saugus (House, No. 3336),-- was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, in concurrence, Mr. McGee presented an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 1991.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.
Reports of Committees.
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 House Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Bolton as the Harold E. Brown Jr. memorial bridge (House, No. 1791).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Keenan, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Christopher Lanoue (Senate, No. 1341),-- ought to pass, with an amendment striking out, in lines 6 and 7, the words “Department of Correction extended sick leave bank” and inserting in place thereof the following words: “extended illness leave bank”; and in line 7, by striking out the word “may” and inserting in place thereof the word “shall”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Keenan, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 1341, amended) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, 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 Christopher Lanoue, an employee of the Department of Correction”.
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. 3661) of Ronald Mariano, Louis L. Kafka and Bruce J. Ayers for legislation to continue the provision of supplemental health insurance to municipal employees; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3662) of Steven M. Walsh and Thomas M. McGee for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Grisel Caraballo, an employee of the Department of Revenue;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3663) of Angelo M. Scaccia relative to the issuance of “Gold Star Family” registration plates;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.
On motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore,--
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.
Adjournment in Memory of Salisbury Fire Lieutenant Timothy Oliveira.
The Senator from Essex, Mr. Baddour, and the Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Mr. Tarr, requested that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Salisbury Fire Lieutenant Timothy Oliveira.
Salisbury Fire Lieutenant Timothy Oliveira, died July 31st from injuries sustained while repairing a department vehicle at fire headquarters.
Lieutenant Oliveira was a 27-year veteran firefighter as well as the department mechanic.
A lifelong resident of Salisbury and a graduate of Whittier Regional Technical High School in Haverhill, Lieutenant Oliveira was an exemplary town employee who will be greatly missed.
Lieutenant Oliveira is survived by his wife, Pam, two daughters, Nicole and Kaylie and two sisters, Sandra and Leslie.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Salisbury Fire Lieutenant Timothy Oliveira, at sixteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.