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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, October 28, 2013.
Met at three 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 recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Donnelly) introduced, in the rear of the Chamber, members of the Kenyan National Legislature. Among the group were, Katoo Judah Metito, E.G.H, M.P., Franklin Mithika Linturi, Gideon Maitha Mung’aro, M.P., Kajwang Tom Joseph Francis and Principal Clerk Assistant Rana Kiteru Tiampati. The group was visiting the State House learning about the different aspects of our state government. The Senate welcomed them with applause, they signed the guest book and withdrew from the Chamber.
Petitions were severally presented and referred as follows:
By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jennifer L. Flanagan for legislation relative to upgrading mobile broadband coverage in the Commonwealth; and
By Mr. Petruccelli, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Anthony W. Petruccelli and Jay Livingstone for legislation to enable the Department of Environmental Management to lease real property;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Wolf, for the committee on Labor and Workforce Development, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 867), a Bill to prevent discrimination based on veteran’s status (Senate, No. 1898) and
By Mr. Brownsberger for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill to establish a sick leave bank for Joshua Rocha, an employee of the Department of Correction (Senate, No. 1896);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
A Bill authorizing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to the town of Belmont for recreation, public works or other municipal purposes (House, No. 2869, changed and amended,-- on petition),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A Bill relative to the Greater Haverhill Foundation (House, No. 3650,-- on petition),-- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
A Bill authorizing the conveyance of a certain interest of land relative to Northampton and Williamsburg (House, No. 3619,-- on petition) [Local approval received from the towns of Northampton and Williamsburg],-- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
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 House Bill relative to the charter for the town of Harwich (House, No. 3577),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
The House Bill extending sewer betterment repayments in the town of Easton (House, No. 3582),-- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3725) of Jay Livingstone and William N. Brownsberger for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Anne Fiesinger, an employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation,-- was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Brewer for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to pharmacy practice in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3672, amended),-- ought to pass, with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 1899.
Mr. Brewer offered the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That notwithstanding Senate Rule 7 or any other rule to the contrary, the House Bill relative to pharmacy practice in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3672) (the committee on Ways and Means having recommended that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 1899) shall be placed in the Orders of the Day for a second reading on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
All amendments shall be filed electronically in the office of the Clerk of the Senate by 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. All such amendments shall be second-reading amendments to the recommended Senate Ways and Means new text (Senate, No. 1899) 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 was placed in the Orders of the Day for Wednesday, October 30, 2013 with the amendment pending.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE
The following engrossed bills (both 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. Donnelly) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to combining the offices of town treasurer and town collector in the town of Dudley (see House, No. 1833); and
Relative to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the town of Harvard (see House, No. 3494, changed and amended).
On motion of Mr. Tarr ,--
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session with a calendar.
On motion of the same Senator, at twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday next at one o’clock P.M.