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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. DiDomenico in the Chair).

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. DiDomenico) handed the gavel to Mr. Donnelly for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Donnelly then introduced, on the Rostrum, United States Army Specialist Justin Keefe from Billerica. Specialist Keefe was recognized for having received the Purple Heart for his heroic actions on November 21, 2004. He sustained injuries while on convoy in Baghdad, Iraq by an improvised explosive device and was cited by the President of the United States for his actions. The Senate presented him with Joint Resolutions, he signed the guest book and was applauded for his service to the country.

Communication.

Communication from the Department of Public Safety, submitting notice of a fee schedule change for 801 CMR 4.02, with respect to hoisting license fees (under the provisions of Sections 57 and 67 of Chapter 146 of the General Laws),-- was placed on file.

Petitions.

Petitions were severally presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1788) of Bruce E. Tarr and Leonard Mirra (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the board of assessors of the town of Newbury to grant an abatement of real estate taxes to certain Plum Island home owners for fiscal year 2013 [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, referred to the committee on Revenue.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to designate a certain bridge in the town of Barre as the Barre American Legion Bridge,-- and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Eldridge, for the committee on Housing, on petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 601), a Resolve for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to the need for accessible homes for the elderly, returning veterans with disabilities, and families that include persons with disabilities (Senate, No. 1787);
Read and, under Joint Rule 29, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, on petition, a Bill to regionalize public safety services (Senate, No. 1117);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the protection of children (Senate, No. 1136); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to regional 911 emergency communication districts (Senate, No. 1199);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Senate 1152 and House 2191, a Bill relative to the University of Massachusetts Police Department (Senate, No. 1152);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Chang-Diaz, for the committee on Education, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 221) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, Martin J. Walsh, Carlo Basile and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to special education evaluation and referral,-- and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Health;
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Message from His Excellency the Governor (under Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating the results of the annual election held in the town of Millville on April 1, 2013 (House, No. 3493),-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Election Laws.

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3494) of Jennifer E. Benson and James B. Eldridge (by vote of the town) for legislation that the town of Harvard be authorized to issue licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages in said town;
To the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3495) of Stephen Kulik and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) for legislation to provide for recall elections in the town of Middlefield;
To the committee on Election Laws.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3496) of Paul Brodeur, Katherine M. Clark and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Melrose be authorized to increase fees for special details performed by municipal employees of said city;
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3498) of Jennifer E. Benson and James B. Eldridge (by vote of the town) that the town of Harvard be authorized to appoint an elderly and disabled taxation aid committee; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3499) of Jennifer E. Benson and James B. Eldridge (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of special police officers in the town of Harvard;
Severally to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3497) of Jennifer E. Benson and James B. Eldridge (by vote of the town) that the town of Harvard be exempt from laws governing certain improvements on public properties in said town;
To the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

A Bill financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents (House, No. 3492, amended,-- on House, No. 1127), -- was read and, under Senate Rule 26C, referred to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.

Bills
Establishing a sick leave bank for Kristen Giunta, an employee of the Department of Correction (House, No. 3441,-- on petition); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Janet Everett, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (House, No. 3481,-- on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A message from His Excellency the Governor relative to the terms of certain bonds issued by the Commonwealth (printed in House, No. 3488, -- being a message from His Excellency the Governor),-- was read.
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 relative to the terms of certain bonds to be issued by the Commonwealth”.

Emergency Preambles Adopted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Carmen Berry, an employee of the Department of Children and Families (see House, No. 3443), 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.

An engrossed Bill relative to the financial condition of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District (see House, No. 3476, amended), 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. DiDomenico) and sent to the House for enactment.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Flanagan and Messrs. Michael O. Moore and Richard T. Moore) “congratulating the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission on its fiftieth anniversary”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating James A. Fitzpatrick on receiving the Canton Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating the Rotary Club of Canton on the occasion of its seventy-fifth anniversary”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kennedy) “congratulating the National Scoliosis Foundation on its observance of June 2013 as National Scoliosis Awareness Month”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. McGee, Ms. Clark, Mr. DiDomenico, Ms. Donoghue, Mr. Finegold, Ms. Lovely, Ms. O’Connor Ives and Messrs. Petruccelli and Tarr) “congratulating Wayne M. Burton on the occasion of his retirement as President of North Shore Community College”; and

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Richard T. Moore and Hedlund) “congratulating the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America on its observance of Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month.”

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Rosenberg, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael F. Rush, Kevin G. Honan and Edward F. Coppinger for legislation relative to the practice of athletic training.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Health.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3501) of Paul R. Heroux and others for legislation to establish and award grants for the reduction of violence in municipalities;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3502) of Donald F. Humason, Jr. and Michael R. Knapik for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Nancy LeBlanc, an employee of the Department of Public Health;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3503) of Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and others relative to the issuance of “Boston Strong” motor vehicle registration plates;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the House), 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:

Relative to the harbor master in the town of Mattapoisett (see House, No. 3303);

Establishing a sick leave bank for Carmen Berry, an employee of the Department of Children and Families (see House, No. 3443); and

Relative to the financial condition of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District (see House, No. 3476, amended).

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the terms of certain bonds to be issued by the Commonwealth (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 3488), 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 4 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. DiDomenico) and sent to the House for enactment.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the House, came from the House with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President (Mr. DiDomenico) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,--

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

Adjourn In Memory of Eugene J. Grimes, III

The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr., Hedlund, moved that when the Senate adjourns today it adjourn in memory of Eugene J. “Gene” Grimes III.

Eugene J. “Gene” Grimes III, of Scituate, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013, at the age of 89. Gene was a decorated United States Marine, serving in World War II. The corporal was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Saipan, June, 1944 and a Gold Star in lieu of a second Purple Heart for wounds sustained on Iwo Jima, February, 1945. Gene worked in sales for GMC Truck and Coach Division. After his retirement in 1989, Gene took pride in his walking regimen around Scituate Lighthouse, having logged 30,000+ miles and making many friends, his walking buddies. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Mary, his sister Margaret Curran and her husband Tom, his sons Kevin Grimes and his wife Sachiko, Stephen Grimes and his wife Cathy, and Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes and his wife Lorri, and 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect in memory of Eugene J. Grimes, III, at twenty-two minutes before twelve o’clock noon, on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.