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Monday, January 28, 2013.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. DiDomenico in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. DiDomenico), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Margaret C. Henderson (House, No. 45,-- on petition),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

The annual report of the Public Employee Retirement Commission (under sections 21, 102 and 103 of Chapter 32 of the General Laws) relative to the per centum change in the average cost-of-living as shown by the United States consumer price index for the year 2013 compared with such index for the year 2012 (accompanied by bill, House, No. 50),-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “congratulating Douglas A. Bowen on being selected to receive the Saint Patrick's Committee of Holyoke's 2013 Citizenship Award.”

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Rosenberg, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, to whom was referred the House Order relative to Joint Rules governing the 2013-2014 legislative sessions (House, No. 2016), reported, recommending that the same ought to be adopted, with an amendment, striking out the text and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 8.

Order Adopted.

Mr. Rosenberg offered the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That notwithstanding Senate Rule 7 or any other rule to the contrary, the House Order relative to Joint Rules governing the 2013-2014 Legislative session (House, No. 2016), with the recommended Ethics and Rules new text (Senate, No. 8), shall be placed in the Orders of the Day on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The question will be on adoption of the order.

All amendments shall be to the Ethics and Rules new text (Senate, No. 8) and shall be filed electronically in the office of the Clerk of the Senate by 5:00P.M. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The Clerk shall further specify the procedure and format for filing all amendments, consistent with this order.
Under the rules, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the order ought to be adopted.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.
The order was placed in the Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 31, with the recommended new text pending.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore,--

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.


The Senator from Worcester and Norfolk, Mr. Richard T. Moore, moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Sergeant First Class Michael J. Squillaci.

Sergeant First Class Michael J. Squillaci of Uxbridge was an active duty member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Sergeant First Class Squillaci served over 30 years in the US Army, which included two combat tours overseas and many commendations and citations.
Born in Germany in 1962, Sergeant First Class Squillaci was the son of the late Daniel Squillaci and Rita (Junklas) Turner of Maryland, and was raised in Baltimore. He had been a resident of Uxbridge since 1993 and had previously lived in Douglas. He was a member of the VFW Post #1385 in Uxbridge and loved his Harley-Davidson motorcycle which he rode, along with his wife, throughout New England.

In addition to his wife of 24 years, Donna Jean (Myrick) Squillaci, and his mother Rita, he is survived by a son Michael J. Squillaci, Jr. of North Carolina, a daughter Danielle E. Vient of Nantucket; a brother Tony Squillaci of Maryland; two sisters Betty Huntzberry of Maryland and Jeannie Holm of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services, with full military honors, were held for Sergeant First Class Michael J. Squillaci on Thursday January 24, 2013 and burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Granite Street, Uxbridge.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect in memory of Michael J. Squillaci, at sixteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at one o’clock P.M.