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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, February 4, 2013.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. McGee in the Chair).

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


A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to reforming the juvenile justice system (House, No. 52),-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on the Judiciary.


There being no objection, at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. McGee) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-five minutes past two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. McGee in the Chair.

Orders Adopted.

Mr. Richard T. Moore offered the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That by the authority of article IV of section II of chapter I of the Constitution, the Senate declares that, by reason of the resignation of John A. Hart, Jr. as senator from the First Suffolk district, the office of senator from the First Suffolk district is vacant as of the close of business on February 1, 2013. By the authority of article XXIV of the Amendments to the Constitution, the Senate directs the president of the Senate to issue a precept setting forth May 28, 2013, as the day for holding an election to fill the vacancy in the First Suffolk district, comprising of ward 1, precinct 15, ward 6, ward 7, ward 13, precincts 3 and 5 to 10, inclusive, ward 14, precincts 2, 4, 5 and 12 to 14, inclusive, ward 15, ward 16, ward 17, ward 18, precincts 1 to 6, inclusive, 13, 15 and 21, in the city of Boston, in the county of Suffolk.
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.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.

On motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore, at fourteen minutes before three o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A. M.