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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, August 1, 2013.

Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Spilka 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 (Ms. Spilka), members, guests and staff then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A report of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (under the provisions of Section 62 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011, as amended by Section 31 of Chapter 36 of the Acts of 2013) submitting its report “Pension System Independent Consultant Analysis” (received July 31, 2013) (copies of which were transmitted to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Public Service),-- was placed on file.


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3605) of William M. Straus and Marc R. Pacheco (by vote of the town) that the town of Marion be authorized to impose liens upon properties in the towns of Rochester and Wareham which connect to the water and sewer systems of the town of Marion,-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

A Bill authorizing the conveyance of a certain parcel of land in the town of Wellesley (House, No. 3513,-- on petition) [Local approval received],-- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

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 House Bill authorizing the town of Bellingham to grant an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 3374),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.


A Bill validating the date of incorporation of the town of Oxford (printed in House, No. 3465,-- being a message from his Excellency the Governor),-- was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Richard T. Moore , and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3606) of Angelo M. Scaccia for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Amber Wilkin, an employee of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services ,-- was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Re-Enacted.

An engrossed Bill relative to distribution of regional greenhouse gas initiative auction proceeds (see House, No. 3561, 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 (Ms. Spilka) 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 re-enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President (Ms. Spilka) and again 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.

On motion of the same Senator, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.