Monday, January 6, 2003.
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mrs. Walrath of Stow in the Chair (having been appointed by the Speaker, under authority conferred by Rule 5, to perform the duties of the Chair).
Prayer was offered by the Reverend Robert F. Quinn, C.S.P., Chaplain of the House, as follows:
Gracious God, the Ultimate Source of Our Hope and Trust, in a spirit of humility we offer this prayer of praise and petition to You, Our Creator. We believe that You are present to us and guide us throughout this entire day. Strengthened by Your assistance and blessed with Your gift of wisdom we are confident that with Your help our decisions will be sound, thoughtful and ethical. During these trying and changing times inspire us to be optimistic, creative and positive in our outlook and plans for the year. Help us to organize and utilize all of our talents and skills by turning difficult challenges into productive opportunities.
Bestow Your blessings on the Speaker, the members and employ­ees of this House and their families. Amen.
At the request of the Chair (Mrs. Walrath), the members, guests and employees joined with her in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Appointment of Minority Leaders.

Under the provisions of Rule 18, the Minority Leader, Representative Jones of North Reading, announced that the Republican Party caucus had ratified the following appointments, effective January 2, 2003.
Representative Rogeness of Longmeadow, Assistant Minority Floor Leader; Representative Peterson of Grafton, Second Assistant Minority Floor Leader; and Representative Lepper of Attleboro, Third Assistant Minority Floor Leader.

On motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.; and when the House adjourns tomorrow, it adjourn to meet on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.

At ten minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. O’Brien of Kingston (Mrs. Walrath of Stow being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.