Monday, January 27, 2003.
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea in the Chair (having been appointed by the Speaker, under authority conferred by Rule 5, to perform the duties of the Chair).
At the request of the Chair (Mr. O’Flaherty), the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Appointments to a Joint Special Committee.

The Speaker announced (on January 8) the appointment of Representatives DiMasi of Boston, Harkins of Needham, Scaccia of Boston, Hynes of Marshfield and Jones of North Reading to the joint special committee established to review the joint rules of the two branches (said order having been adopted by the House on January 1 and by the Senate on January 23).


The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith, under suspension of the rules, in each instance on motion of Mr. Torrisi of North Andover; and they were adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Brown of Wrentham, Cough­lin of Dedham, Kafka of Sharon and Rogers of Norwood) congratulating Peter A. Betro, Jr., on being named the Walpole Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. O’Brien of Kingston and Webster of Hanson) congratulating Andrew Knapp on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Poirier of North Attleborough, Kafka of Sharon and Coppola of Foxborough) congratulating Edward A. Sliney, Jr., on the occasion of his retirement from the Mansfield Fire Department; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Vallee of Franklin) congratulating Matt Marshall on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America.

Biennial Report.

The biennial report of the Commissioner of Revenue (under Section 10C of Chapter 58 of the General Laws) submitting an equalization and apportionment upon the several cities and towns of the amount of property and proportion of every one thousand dollars of state or county tax which should be assessed upon each city or town (House, No. 2006), was referred to the committee on Taxation. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.


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

At six minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Rush of Boston (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.