JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Tuesday, January 15, 2002.
 
 

Met at a quarter before seven o’clock P.M.

Prayer was offered by the Reverend Robert F. Quinn, C.S.P., Chaplain of the House, as follows:

God, Our Creator, we depend upon You, Your guidance and assistance in our daily struggle, as legislators, to identify, analyze and propose relevant and thoughtful remedies which address the current needs of people, our communities and our institutions. Inspire us to be fully aware of the remarkable changes which have and are presently taking place in the nation, our state and society. By our leadership qualities and our creative spirit, may we utilize today’s opportunities and challenges to plan for a secure, civil and prosperous future for people within our borders. Let our commitment to sound and ethical political principles, to our own religious beliefs and practices, and to traditional spiritual values offer to the people of this Commonwealth confidence and hope in our governmental structures. May our concern for the well-being of our young people — children — and our elderly remain a top priority on our political agenda.

Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

At the request of the Speaker, the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Appointment to a Joint Special Commission.

The Speaker announced the appointment of Representative Gobi of Spencer to serve on the joint special commission established (under Section 341 of the Acts of 1995 and most recently revived and continued by Section 57 of Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2001) to research innovative approaches to the Department of Environmental Management’s forest management practices.

Petitions.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Donnelly of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David T. Donnelly relative to the Massachusetts principal and income act.

By Mr. Galvin of Canton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of William C. Galvin, Louis L. Kafka and other members of the General Court relative to borrowing by cities and towns for the costs of school construction projects.

By Mr. Koutoujian of Newton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Peter J. Koutoujian and Susan C. Fargo relative to designating a certain bridge in the city of Waltham as the Honorable William F. Stanley Bridge.

By Mr. Pedone of Worcester, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Vincent A. Pedone relative to the use of latex gloves in health care facilities.

By Mr. Travis of Rehoboth, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Philip Travis and other members of the House for legislation to further regulate the sale of malt beverages by the keg.

Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Papers from the Senate.

A report of the committee on Criminal Justice, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2000) of Debbie Campanile for legislation relative to the wrongful injury or death of animal companions, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on the Judiciary,— accepted by the Senate, was considered forthwith, under Rule 42; and it was accepted, in concurrence.

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to an inspection of the Bay State Correctional Center, located in the town of Norfolk, was spread upon the records of the House; and returned to the Senate.

A petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2225) of Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the charter of the town of Eastham, was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain easements to the city of Gardner (House, No. 4821). Read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the Bill further regulating the use of non-public personal information by insurance companies (House, No. 2356) be scheduled for consideration by the House. Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting, the question being on ordering the bill to a third reading.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the Bill allowing certain military personnel to receive group insurance discounts (Senate, No. 773, changed) be scheduled for consideration by the House [Representative Galvin of Canton, for the committee on Insurance, dissenting].

Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading, with the amendment previously recommended by the committee on Insurance pending.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the following matters be scheduled for consideration by the House:

Senate bills

Authorizing affordable housing covenants in the town of Nantucket (Senate, No. 2006, amended) [Local Approval Received];

Relative to the debt limit of the town of Holliston (Senate, No. 2155) [Local Approval Received]; and

Relative to the recreation revolving fund in the town of Rutland (Senate, No. 2195) [Local Approval Received]; and

House bills

Making certain corrective changes in the General Laws (House, No. 29, changed);

Authorizing the town of Amherst to acquire easements and to construct thereon sewerage pumping stations and related facilities (House, No. 4462) [Local Approval Received];

Relative to the discontinuance of a portion of Dock Lane in Beverly (House, No. 4755) [Local Approval Received]; and

Providing for the merger of the Boylston and Morningdale water districts (House, No. 4815);

Severally placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading.

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Bill authorizing the town of Andover to convey land to the Andover Village Improvement Society (Senate, No. 1046) [Local Approval Received] ought to pass with certain amendments.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill relative to the one trial system for civil cases in certain counties (Senate, No. 1937) ought to pass with certain amendments.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill relative to the licensing of insurance producers (House, No. 28, changed) ought to pass with certain amendments.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill prohibiting Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority car barns from residential areas (House, No. 568) ought to pass with certain amendments.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill further regulating the licensing of public insurance adjusters (House, No. 1211) ought to pass with an amendment.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill relative to retirement systems (House, No. 2048) ought to pass with an amendment.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill relative to workers’ compensation coverage for sole proprietors, partnerships and corporate officers (House, No. 4348) ought to pass with certain amendments.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill authorizing the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain property in the city of North Adams (House, No. 4595) ought to pass with an amendment.

By the same member, for the same committee, that the Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey an easement to the town of Milford (House, No. 4754) ought to pass with certain amendments.

Severally referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matters be scheduled for consideration by the House; and, under said rule, they were placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading, with the amendments pending.

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the following bills ought to pass:

The Senate Bill establishing wireless enhanced 911 services (Senate, No. 1920, amended); and

House bills

Relative to veteran registration plates for motorcycles (House, No. 4334); and

Relative to a certain employee of the Division of Industrial Accidents (House, No. 4418);

Severally referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matters be scheduled for consideration by the House; and, under said rule, they were placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading.

Engrossed Bills.

Engrossed bills

Authorizing the town of Fairhaven to issue an additional license for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4321); and

Authorizing the town of Truro to hold a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4475);

(Which severally originated in the House);

Severally having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were passed to be enacted; and they were signed by the Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Tuesday, January 15, 2002.

Pursuant to assignment, at twenty-three minutes past seven o’clock P.M., the two branches met in

CONVENTION

In the Chamber of the House of Representatives, for the purpose of receiving such communication as Her Honor Jane M. Swift, Acting Governor, may be pleased to make relative to the concerns of the Commonwealth; and were called to order by the Honorable Thomas F. Birmingham, President of the Senate.

The President introduced His Eminence Bernard Cardinal Law who delivered the Invocation.

Order Adopted

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to consist of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, to wait upon the Acting Governor and inform her that the two branches are now in Convention for the purpose of receiving such communication as she may be pleased to make to them, relating to the concerns of the Commonwealth.

Senators Resor, Nuciforo and Knapik were appointed to the committee on the part of the Senate; and Representatives Cleven of Chelmsford, Rogeness of Longmeadow, Parente of Milford, Hahn of Westfield, Polito of Shrewsbury, Marini of Hanson, Fox of Boston, Smizik of Brookline, Gobi of Spencer, Harkins of Needham, Blumer of Framingham, Kane of Holyoke, Tirone of Amesbury, Peterson of Grafton and Pope of Wayland were appointed to the committee on the part of the House.

Subsequently, Ms. Resor, for the committee, reported that Her Honor Jane M. Swift, Acting Governor of the Commonwealth, would immediately attend upon the Convention.

Shortly thereafter, Her Honor Jane M. Swift, the Acting Governor, Willliam F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General of the Commonwealth, and A. Joseph DeNucci, Auditor of the Commonwealth, entered the Chamber, under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.

The President introduced Her Honor Jane M. Swift, the Acting Governor, who thereupon addressed the Convention relative to the concerns of the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2).

The President recognized members of the Governor’s cabinet, members of the judiciary, the Honorable Thomas M. Menino, mayor of the city of Boston, and other mayors, sheriffs and other distinguished officials.

The President introduced Tierra Guity, a tenth grade student from the Boston Arts Academy, who performed the “America the Beautiful”.

The benediction was then delivered by Reverend Gregory G. Groover, Sr., of the Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Roxbury.

Her Honor Jane M. Swift, the Acting Governor, and the Constitutional officers then withdrew from the Chamber under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.

At seventeen minutes past eight o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Travaglini, the Convention was dissolved.

Mrs. Harkins of Needham being in the Chair,—

At twenty-two minutes after eight o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston, the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.