Tuesday, January 7, 2003.
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Flynn of Bridgewater 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:
Holy Spirit of God, with complete trust in You, we call upon You for direction and assistance as we try to carry out, faithfully, our constitutional and legislative responsibilities. Inspire us to respond in a thoughtful, mature and reasonable manner to the items on the daily calendar and current, often emotional, issues of each day. The people whom we represent and best interests of the Commonwealth depend on our sound judgements and conscientious legislative decisions. In this age of vast amounts of information help us to articulate clearly and objectively the most suitable options and practical policies which serve the common good. Teach us to be faithful to our religious beliefs and personal commitments as we do our part in continuing to build a civil, peaceful and prosperous society in which the views of each person are respected in not accepted.
Bestow Your blessings on the Speaker, the members and employ­ees of this House and their families. Amen.
At the request of the Chair (Mr. Flynn), the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith, under suspension of the rules, in each instance, on motion of Mr. Rodrigues of Westport; and they were adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown of Wrentham) congratulating Michael M. Herlihy on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown of Wrentham) congratulating Brendan T. L. Mercier on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America; and
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Donovan of Woburn and Kaufman of Lexington) congratulating Catherine Scalley on the occa­sion of her retirement;


An Order (filed by Speaker Finneran of Boston) relative to the adoption of permanent House Rules for the years 2003-2004 (House, No. 2003) was considered.
Pending the question on adoption of the order, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Ms. Rogeness of Longmeadow, until the next sitting; and specially assigned to the hour of one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Rushing of Boston,—
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of an order previously adopted by the House, when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

At eleven minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Rodrigues of Westport (Mr. Flynn of Bridgewater being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.