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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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

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

Petition.

Mr. Brewer presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2109) of Stephen M. Brewer, Anne M. Gobi and Todd M. Smola (by vote of the town) for legislation to repeal chapter 511 of the special acts of 1981 [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Welch, for the committee on Health Care Financing, that the Senate Bill relative to synthetic marijuana (Senate, No. 1935),-- ought to pass [Estimated cost -- more than $100,000];
Under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Welch, for the committee on Health Care Financing, that the Senate Bill for protection against the transmission of Pertussis (Senate, No. 1093),-- ought to pass with an amendment in line 3, by striking “Section 226” and inserting in place thereof the following “Section 230” [Estimated cost -- less than $100,000];
Under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tarr) “commending the VNA Care Network and Hospice-Gloucester on 100 years of dedicated service.”

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

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

The House Bill relative to the charter of the city of Somerville (House, No. 3919),-- was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Rosenberg, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The House Bill validating certain actions at the annual town meeting held in the town of Swampscott (printed in House, No. 3768).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill 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 by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act validating certain actions taken at the annual town meeting held in the town of Swampscott”.

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., in a full formal session with a calendar.

Adjourn In Memory of Charles E. Hopkins IIII

The Senator from Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth, Mr. Joyce, and the Senator from Plymouth and Bristol, Mr. Kennedy, moved that when the senate adjourns today, it do so in memory of Charles E. Hopkins IIII.

Charles E. Hopkins III, 40, died suddenly on April 5, 2014.

Born in Boston, Charlie graduated from Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree before attending Bridgewater State University. Charlie was, first-and-foremost, a family man. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Francine, and a loving father to his three children, Alec, Steven and Sienna.

He was also a dedicated police officer, who served the Easton Police Department for thirteen years with tremendous courage and strength of character. Charlie received recognition for his service, successfully pulling a man from a burning car and saving the man’s life.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Francine (Buffi) Hopkins, and his children, Alec J. Buffi, Steven Peters, and Sienna Hopkins. Charlie was the brother of Christine McKay of Franklin, and the beloved son of Charles E., Jr. and Beatrice M. (Poleski) Hopkins.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect in memory of Charles E. Hopkins IIII, at a quarter 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.