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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

At one minute past eleven o’clock A.M., the two branches met in

JOINT SESSION

and were called to order by the Honorable Richard T. Moore, who made the following observations:

“Pursuant to an order previously adopted, the two houses are in joint session for the purpose of considering various proposals for amendment to the Constitution. The matters that have been called for consideration are now seasonably laid before the Senate in conformity with the provisions of Articles XLVIII and LXXXI of the Constitution.”

The following legislative proposals for amendments to the Constitution were seasonably laid before the joint session for consideration:

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to absentee and early voting (see Senate, No. 12), with reference to which the committee on Election Laws has reported recommending that the amendment ought to pass;

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to prohibit eminent domain (see Senate, No. 14), with reference to which the committee on the Judiciary has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass;

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution allowing for a graduated income tax (see Senate, No 17), having been reported from the committee on Revenue, ought NOT to pass (under Joint Rule 23) (the time within which the committee was required to report having expired);

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to require a supermajority vote for the utilization of rainy day funds (see Senate, No. 18), with reference to which the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass (Senator Tarr and Representative Orrall of Lakeville dissenting);

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to creating an independent redistricting commission (see House, No. 60), with reference to which the committee on Election Laws has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass (Senator Tarr dissents);

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to vacancies in the office of Governor or Lieutenant-Governor (see House, No. 61), with reference to which the committee on Election Laws has reported recommending that the amendment ought to pass (Senator Tarr dissents);

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to absentee voting by qualified voters of the Commonwealth (see House, No. 63), with reference to which the committee on Election Laws has reported recommending that the amendment ought to pass);

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to prohibiting eminent domain takings (see House, No. 66), with reference to which the committee on the Judiciary has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass;

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the subject matter of initiative petitions (see House, No. 67), with reference to which the committee on the Judiciary has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass; and

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the retirement of judges (see House, No. 68), with reference to which the committee on the Judiciary has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass; and

Without action on the matters duly and constitutionally assigned for consideration, on motion of Mr. Rosenberg, at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the joint session was recessed until one o’clock P.M., on Wednesday, October 9, 2013; and the Senate withdrew from the House Chamber under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.