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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, May 19, 2014.
Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. DiDomenico in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. DiDomenico), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. DiDomenico) handed the gavel to Mr. Tarr for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Tarr then introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade class from St. Mary’s School in Beverly. Casare Paglia was a 4th grader that was recognized as the son of staffer Attilio Paglia. The students were accompanied by teachers and staff: Mr. Charles Juliand, Mrs. Danielle O’Connor, Ms. Katie Alboth, Mr. James Rogers and the school nurse, Mrs. Mary DiVencenzo. The Senate welcomed them with applause and they withdrew from the Chamber.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. DiDomenico) handed the gavel to Mr. Tarr for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Tarr then introduced, in the Gallery, three 3rd grade classes from the Winthrop School in Hamilton. The students were on an annual field trip to the State House learning about the different aspects of state government. The Senate welcomed them with applause and they withdrew from the Chamber. They were also guests of Representative Hill of Ipswich.
A report of the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds (under the provisions of Section 4 of Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2003 and Section 2KKK of Chapter 29 of the General Laws) submitting its plan for expenditure from the County Registers Technological Fund (copies will be forwarded as required to the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Post Audit and Oversight) (received May 16, 2014 at a quarter before five o’clock P.M.),-- was placed on file.
Mr. Tarr presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2147) of Bruce E. Tarr and Ann-Margaret Ferrante (by vote of the town) for legislation to exempt the position of police chief of the town of Rockport from the civil service law [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill relative to the creation of a vulnerable road user safety commission (Senate, No. 1649);
Read and, under Joint Rule 29, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
By Mr. Donnelly, for the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, on petition, a Bill to authorize the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to grant to the town of Brookfield 6 easements over certain parcels of land in the town of Brookfield (Senate, No. 2108);
Read and, under Senate 26C, referred to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill to protect bicyclists in bicycle lanes (Senate, No. 1640); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to provide for the enhanced protection of the dig safe law (Senate, No. 1653);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
A Bill authorizing the city of New Bedford to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4054, amended,-- on House, No. 3980) [Local approval received on House, No. 3980],-- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
Report of the committee on Health Care Financing asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the House Bill relative to the composition of the citizens advisory committee for the former Northampton State Hospital (House, No. 1032); and
Of the House Bill relative to the Health Care Security Trust Board of Trustees (House, No. 1056);
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on House Ways and Means;
Were severally considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence, in so much as relates to the discharge of the joint committee.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “congratulating Joseph Russo on his retirement from the Newton Public Schools.”
Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.
There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered as follows:
The Senate Bill relative to the charter of the town of Bellingham (Senate, No. 2066),-- was read a third time and passed to be engrossed,
Sent to the House for concurrence.
The House Bill exempting Martin B. Parayno from the maximum age requirement for firefighters in the city of Methuen (House, No. 3637, amended),-- was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Ms. O’Connor Ives presented an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the following text:-
“SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 18 of the acts of 2014 is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding sections 58, 61A and 61B of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, Martin B. Parayno may be certified for original appointment to the position of firefighter in the city of Methuen, notwithstanding having reached the age of 32 before taking any civil service examination in connection with the appointment. In all other respects, Martin B. Parayno shall be eligible for appointment to the position of firefighter in the city of Methuen only insofar as he qualifies and is selected for employment pursuant to said chapter 31, regulations of the civil service commission and lawful hiring practices of the city of Methuen.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.”
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
Petitions were severally referred, in concurrence, as follows, to wit:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4094) of Keiko M. Orrall and others for legislation to authorize the board of elementary and secondary education to develop or implement the common core standards;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Education.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4092) of Thomas Brian Donnelly for legislation to grant Thomas Brian Donnelly one year of creditable service in the Teachers’ Retirement System; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4093) of Carlo Basile for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Maria Blanciforte, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
An engrossed Bill relative to the appointment of the harbormaster in the city of New Bedford (see House, No. 3896) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted and signed by the Acting President (Mr. DiDomenico) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
Emergency Preamble Adopted.
An engrossed Bill relative to election laws (see House, No. 3788), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,-- was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted in concurrence, by a vote of 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. DiDomenico) and sent to the House for enactment.
The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President (Mr. DiDomenico) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Increasing the membership of the city of Lowell Board of License Commissioners from 3 to 5 members (see Senate, No. 935); and
Designating a certain underpass in the town of Mansfield as the Patrolman Walter P. Langley Memorial Underpass (see House, No. 3922, amended).
There being no objection, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. DiDomenico) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at five minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. DiDomenico in the Chair.
On motion of Mr. Tarr,--
Ordered, That, pursuant to an order previously adopted, and, under the provisions of Senate Rule 38B, when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at ten o’clock A.M., in a full formal session and that the only matter to be placed on the calendar will be the general appropriation bill.
On motion of the same Senator, at six minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet again, pursuant to Senate Rule 38B, on Wednesday next at ten o’clock A.M.