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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, June 17, 2013.
Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Keenan in the Chair) (having been appoint by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Keenan), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Petitions were severally presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Keenan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1798) of John F. Keenan and Rhonda Nyman (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the charter of the town of Rockland [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
By Mr. Knapik, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Michael R. Knapik and Joseph F.Wagner for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Heather Pietras-Gladu, an employee of the Department of Children and Families;
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Eldridge, Ms. Chandler and Ms. Flanagan) “congratulating Mary Jo Nawrocki on the occasion of her retirement from Assabet Valley Technical High School”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tarr) “congratulating Chief James Mulligan on the occasion of his retirement from the Georgetown Police Department.”
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 Senate Bill providing for the establishment and administration of rent regulations and the control of evictions in mobile home accommodations in the town of West Stockbridge (Senate, No. 1755),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Reports of a Committee.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Kristen Giunta, an employee of the Department of Correction (House, No. 3441),-- ought to pass.
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.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill encouraging low-income savings and economic opportunity (Senate, No. 19),-- ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft entitled “An Act encouraging low-income savings and economic opportunity” (Senate, No. 1805).
Mr. Brewer offered the following order to wit:
Ordered, That notwithstanding Senate Rule 7 or any other rule to the contrary, the Senate Bill encouraging low-income savings and economic opportunity (Senate, No. 19) with the pending Ways and Means new draft (Senate, No. 1805) shall be placed in the Orders of the Day for a second reading on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
All amendments shall be filed electronically in the office of the Clerk of the Senate by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. All such amendments shall be second-reading amendments to the proposed Ways and Means new draft (Senate, No. 1805) but further amendments in the third degree to such amendments shall be in order. The Clerk shall further specify the procedure and format for filing all amendments, consistent with this order.
After the bill as amended is ordered to a third reading, it shall immediately be read a third time and the question shall then immediately be on passing it to be engrossed, and no amendments shall be in order at the third reading of the bill unless recommended by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading.
Under the rules, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the order ought to be adopted.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 19) was placed in the Orders of the Day for Thursday, June 20, 2013 for a second reading with the Ways and Means new draft (Senate, No. 1805) pending.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3516) of Robert F. Fennel, Steven M. Walsh and Thomas M. McGee establishing a sick leave bank for Rose Britton, an employee of the Trial Court,-- was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.
An engrossed Bill validating the results of the annual town meeting of the town of Medfield held on April 29, 2013 (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 3500) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and signed by the Acting President (Mr. Keenan) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
On motion of Mr. Tarr,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session with a calendar.
Adjourn In Memory of Mayor Monte Basbas
The Senator from Middlesex and Norfolk, Ms. Creem, moved that when the Senate adjourns today it adjourn in memory of former Newton Mayor Monte Basbas.
The Honorable Monte G. Basbas died May 25, 2013 at the age of 92.
From 1948, Monte Basbas served as Assistant City Clerk and then City Clerk in Newton for nineteen years. In 1966, he was elected Mayor of Newton, a position he held for three terms until he was appointed a District Court Judge and presided in Newton from 1972 until his retirement in 1990.
An honored World War II Air Force veteran, he flew P-38's in the Pacific Theatre, earning the distinguished flying cross, two air medals and eight battle stars over 62 missions. While completing college and Boston University Law School, he remained in the Air Force Reserves as a Captain (Judge Advocate General) until 1959.
Even in retirement, Mayor Basbas was a tireless advocate for responsible government and public service, serving on two college boards, BU Law Alumni Board, and holding six gubernatorial appointments to advisory boards. His activities and sense of purpose seemed limitless as he actively assumed leadership positions, receiving numerous honors and awards over the past sixty years. Boy Scouts, Higher Education, NAACP, and Shriners, were only a few of the areas to which he devoted time and energy.
A committed friend to many, and an Archon Deputy of the Greek Orthodox Church, Mayor Basbas believed in the future and quietly impressed upon others his certainty that each individual’s endeavors influence upcoming generations.
Newton Mayor Monte G. Basbas will be missed by Audrey, his wife of 63 years, his three children, five grandchildren and his large extended family and many friends.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect in memory of Mayor Monte G. Basbas, at twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.