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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Donnelly 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. Donnelly), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Pledge of allegiance.

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Donnelly) handed the gavel to Mr. Tarr for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Tarr then introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, a group of students from Sacred Heart Elementary School in Bradford. They were on a 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. Sacred Heart Elementary School.


Communication from the Honorable Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk for the city of Cambridge, forwarding Resolutions adopted by the City Council of the City of Cambridge urging the 113th Congress of the United States to enact comprehensive immigration reform (received in the Office of the Clerk of the Senate on April 26, 2013),-- was placed on file. City of Cambridge,-- immigration reform.


Report of the Dukes County Registry of Deeds (under the provisions of Section 4 of Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2003) submitting two plans 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 28, 2013),--was placed on file.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross and Ms. Spilka) “congratulating Erica Whitney Pollock on her achievement of the Venture Scouting Silver Award”; and Erica Whitney Pollock.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Ross and Ms. Spilka) “congratulating Matthew Zachary Pollock on his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.” Matthew Zachary Pollock.


Petitions were severally referred, in concurrence, as follows, to wit:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3479) of Kate Hogan for legislation relative to senior hoarding;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Elder Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3480) of Sarah K. Peake for legislation relative to the administration and implementation of the Drinking Water Revolving Fund;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Petition (accompanied by House, No. 3481) of Martin J. Walsh for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Janet Everett, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation;
Under suspension of Joint Rules 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3482) of Kate Hogan for legislation relative to leaves of absences for civil air patrol members;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land in the town of Templeton (see Senate, No. 1768), 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 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Donnelly) and sent to the House for enactment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Timilty,--

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M. Time of meeting.