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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, December 13, 2012.

Met at two 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.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Brownsberger, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill to establish a sick leave bank for Katrin Fox, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Senate, No. 2469);
Read and referred, under Senate Rule 27, to the committee on Ways and Means.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill validating the actions taken at a certain annual town meeting in the town of Blackstone (printed in House, No. 4134,-- being a message from His Excellency the Governor),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

Bills
Amending the charter of the town of North Andover (House. No. 3592,-- on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Amending the town charter of Oxford (House, No. 4313,-- on petition) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Notice was received from the House of Representatives announcing the following appointment by the Minority Leader:

That Representative Bastien of Gardner had been appointed to the CITI Fund Advisory Board established (under subsection 2TTT of Section 112 of Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2012) to provide funding for a collaborative approach to information technology education through a series of open competitions for grants to K-20 educational institutions;

That Representative deMacedo of Plymouth had been appointed to the registry of deeds modernization and efficiency commission established (under Section 124 of Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2012) for the purpose of identifying best practices and efficiencies for the registries of deeds; and
That Representative Ferguson of Holden had been appointed to the Families and Children Requiring Assistance Advisory Board established (under Section 34 of Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2012) to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services in designing and implementing a community-based service network and family resource center pilot program and other related functions.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Donnelly) “commending VNA Hospice Care, Inc. for its exemplary support to patients and families facing life-limiting illness and loss”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Spilka) “congratulating Daniel Raymond Frazee on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Spilka) “congratulating Matthew Thompson Montuori on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Bellingham to grant an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (Senate, No. 2049),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House Bill relative to the art commission for the city of Boston (House, No. 3784),-- 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 the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act further regulating the Boston Art Commission”.

The House Bill relative to town meeting warrants in the town of Templeton (House, No. 4484),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Donald Mahoney, an employee of the Department of Correction (Senate, No. 2459),-- ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2471).
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 Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2471) 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 Senate Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Yolanda Marrero, an employee of the Trial Court (Senate, No. 2455),-- 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.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Motion to Reconsider

Mr. Hedlund moved that the Senate reconsider the vote by which, at a previous session, it had passed to be engrossed the House Bill regulating the grant of sewer system connections by the board of sewer commissioners of the town of Kingston (see House, No. 4310); and, there being no objection, the motion prevailed.
The recurring question on passing the bill to be engrossed was considered; and the bill was again passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill establishing the position of Treasurer-Collector in the town of Oakham (House, No. 4232,-- on petition) [Local approval receive],-- was read.
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.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4540) of Chris Walsh, Tom Sannicandro and Karen E. Spilka relative to property tax assessments,-- was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Revenue.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President (Mr. Hart) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Establishing a special reserve fund in the town of Millville (see Senate, No. 1879, amended);
Authorizing property tax exemptions for rental properties in the town of Truro restricted as affordable housing (see House, No. 3489); and
Relative to wastewater treatment in the city of Fall River (see House, No. 4430).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,--

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 twenty-two minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.