JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, January 30, 2003.
Met at six minutes after 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).
Prayer was offered by the Reverend Robert F. Quinn, C.S.P., Chaplain of the House, as follows:
Eternal God, the Ultimate Source of Truth and Forgiveness, we look to You for guidance and direction in addressing daily personal and legislative matters. In these uncertain and trying times, both at home and abroad, inspire us to be confident and knowledgeable leaders, to evaluate issues accurately and to select objective criteria in selecting our best possible options. With a diversity of priorities in our diverse society, teach us to be temperate in speech, prudent in judgment, ethical in action and compassionate in dealing with people. In Your goodness, help us to remain faithful to You, to spiritual values and our personal commitment to our own religious faith and beliefs.
Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.
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.
The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith, under suspension of the rules, in each instance, on motion of Mr. Timilty of Milton; and they were adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Haddad of Somerset) congratulating Virginia Jackson on her induction into the New England Press Association Hall of Fame;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Loscocco of Holliston and Broadhurst of Methuen) congratulating Fr. Angelo P. Loscocco on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood and his retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Poirier of North Attleborough and Lepper of Attleboro) on the occasion of the observance of National Catholic Schools Week by Saint John’s Elementary School in Attleboro;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Poirier of North Attleborough and Lepper of Attleboro) on the occasion of the observance of National Catholic Schools Week by Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Poirier of North Attleborough) on the occasion of the observance of National Catholic Schools Week by Saint Mary’s/Sacred Heart School in North Attleborough;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Poirier of North Attleborough, Coppola of Foxborough and Kafka of Sharon) on the occasion of the observance of National Catholic Schools Week by Saint Mary’s School in Mansfield; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rogers of Norwood) congratulating Detective Charles J. Hainley on the occasion of his retirement.
Papers from the Senate.
The House Order relative to the adoption of permanent Joint Rules 10, 11B, 12, 12A and 26A for the 2003-2004 General Court (House, No. 2005) came from the Senate adopted, in concurrence, with an amendment striking out the text of said order and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate Order numbered 1927.
Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Torrisi of North Andover, the amendment was considered forthwith.
The House then non-concurred with the Senate in its amendment; and, on motion of Mr. Hynes of Marshfield, asked for a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches. Representatives DiMasi of Boston, Scaccia of Boston and Jones of North Reading were appointed the committee on the part of the House. Sent to the Senate to be joined.
The following notice was received from the Clerk of the Senate, to wit:
January 27, 2003.
The Honorable Thomas M. Finneran
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Room 356 State House
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Mr. Speaker:
I have the honor to inform you that the Senate President and the Minority Leader have appointed Senators Brewer, Berry, Menard, Moore and Tisei to the joint special committee, adopted by the Senate on January 23, 2003, to review the joint rules of the House and Senate.
PATRICK F. SCANLAN,
Clerk of the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Monday next at the hour of two o’clock P.M.; and that, notwithstanding the provisions of House Rule 12, there being no objection, the Clerk be authorized to dispense with the printing of a Calendar for said sitting.
At thirteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, on motion of Mr. Kafka of Sharon (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at two o’clock P.M.