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Monday, February 25, 2013.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Petruccelli in the Chair).

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


A communication from the Honorable Therese Murray, President of the Senate, announcing the appointment of Senator Thomas M. McGee as Co-Chair of the Special Commission established (pursuant to Section 125 of Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012) to make an investigation and study of the future of metropolitan beaches under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Recreation,-- was placed in file.


Petitions were severally presented and referred, as follows:
By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No.1752) of Gale D. Candaras (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Belchertown to convey certain conservation land [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

By Ms. Chandler, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Harriette L. Chandler for legislation to establish telehealth;
By Mr. Joyce, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian A. Joyce for legislation to authorize creditable service for certain public higher education faculty and professional employees; and
By Mr. Rush, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Michael F. Rush for legislation relative to public homes for veterans;
Severally referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross) “congratulating Troy Neubecker on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Timilty) “congratulating Sergeant First Class John V. Hogan, retired, on the occasion of his retirement.”

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,--

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

Adjourn In Memory of Army Specialist Michael Gorman

The Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Mr. Tarr, moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of U.S. Army Specialist Michael Gorman.

U.S. Army Specialist Michael Gorman passed away February 5th, 2013 at Fort Drum U.S. Army Base in New York. Michael was born in New York City in 1993. He later moved to Brookline with his mother and, after graduating from Brookline High School in 2011, Michael dedicated his life to protecting the freedom of the American people by enlisting in the U.S. Army. While at Fort Drum Specialist Gorman was dedicated to his fellow servicemen and women of F-Company 7-10 BSB, 3BCT, 10th Mountain Division. Michael was an avid car enthusiast, and had a talent for building muscle cars and enjoyed sharing his passion for cars with others.

Michael is survived by his loving mother, Barbara Hogan of Gloucester; his uncle David Stanley and his wife Barbara of Lakeville, Florida; his aunt, Andrea Devergie and her husband Robert of France; and many cousins, extended family, friends, and fellow soldiers of the United States Army.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect in memory of Army Specialist Michael Gorman, at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.