Thursday, January 23, 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:
Eternal God, we depend upon You, Your assistance and guidance as we try to address in a conscientious manner our daily responsibilities and to recognize and accept our daily opportunities. Our morning prayer and silent meditation help to point us in a direction which is right, fair and just. In evaluating current complex, and often emotional, issues, teach us to be guided by sound philosophical and religious principles and values. Inspire us to use our human talents and variety of spiritual gifts to build good will towards all and confidence and trust in each other and in our basic institutions.
Grant Your blessings to 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.

Statement of Representative Golden of Boston.

A statement of Mr. Golden of Boston was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:
MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that I was unable to be present in the House Chamber for yesterday’s sitting due to a family illness outside of the Commonwealth. Any roll calls that I may have missed that yesterday was due entirely to the reason stated. If I had been present for the taking of roll calls 28, 29, 30 and 31, I would have voted, in each instance, in the negative. On roll call number 32, I would have voted in the affirmative.  


The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith, under suspension of the rules, in each instance, on motion of Mr. Rushing of Boston; and they were adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Atkins of Concord) congratulating Chief Robert J. Koning on the occasion of his retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Ciampa of Somerville and Jehlen of Somerville) commemorating the naming of the Boston Cream Donut as the official donut of the Commonwealth; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wolf of Cambridge) celebrating the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Miriam and Gerald Berlin.


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

At seven minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Smizik of Brookline (Mrs. Walrath of Stow being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.