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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Hart 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. Hart), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Keenan, for the committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, on Senate, Nos. 983, 991, 992, 994, 995, 996, 997, 998 and 1000 and House, Nos. 1427, 2315 and 2878, a Bill relative to prescription drug diversion, abuse and addiction (Senate, No. 2072);
Referred, under Joint Rule 1E, to the committee on Health Care Financing.

By Ms. Clark, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Frank Silveira, an employee of the Department of Revenue (Senate, No. 2000); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Charles Maynard, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services (Senate, No. 2055);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Welch, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill requiring the authorization by a town meeting vote of certain contracts made by the town of Middleborough regarding the sale by the town of water or wastewater (Senate, No. 1948) [Local approval received];
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. Ross) “congratulating William R. Byrnes on his retirement as Captain of the Needham Fire Department”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Alfred B. Delulio on his retirement as Deputy Chief of the Needham Fire Department”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Raymond Tocci on his retirement from the Needham Fire Department”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rush) “honoring James R. O'Connor on the dedication of the James R. O'Connor Stadium at Catholic Memorial High School”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Wolf and Ms. Murray) “congratulating Cape Cod Community College on its fiftieth anniversary.”

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the terms of collective bargaining agreements (see House, No. 3789, amended) (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. Hart) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Murray,--

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