JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, January 31, 2002.
 
 

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).

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

God, the Ultimate Source of Compassion and Forgiveness, we profess our belief in You and we recognize Your presence in our midst. We try each day to open our hearts and minds to You and we gratefully accept the spiritual gifts and assistance which You offer us daily for meaningful living. Our trust in You and our belief in Your ways and values are firm for we know that You are with us even when we falter. In Your goodness, help us to offer You and the people of the Commonwealth our highest quality service and dedication to sound ethical political and personal principles.

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.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Nyman of Hanover) on the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of Troop 1, Boy Scouts of America of Hanover; and

Resolutions (filed by Representatives Spilka of Ashland and Blumer of Framingham) recognizing February 9, 2002 as “Cabin Fever Sports Festival Day” in the town of Framingham;

Mrs. Harkins of Needham, for the committee on Rules, reported, in each instance, that the resolutions ought to be adopted. Under suspension of the rules, in each instance, on motion of Mr. Rodrigues of Westport, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Annual and Special Reports.

Annual report of the State Ethics Commission (under the provisions of Section 2(1) of Chapter 268B of the General Laws) for the fiscal year 2001; and

Semi-annual report of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (under the provisions of Chapter 338 of the Acts of 1990, as amended by Chapter 398 of the Acts of 1991 and Chapter 427 of the Acts of 1996) on the disposition of matters referred to said bureau;

Severally were placed on file.

Paper from the Senate.

A petition of Pamela P. Resor and Cory Atkins for legislation to authorize the State Retirement Board to grant a certain pension to Michael G. Sweeney, came from the Senate referred, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

The House then concurred with the Senate in the suspension of said rule; and the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2236) was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules and the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the following petitions:

Petition (accompanied by bill) of Mark J. Carron and other members of the General Court relative to civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons. To the committee on Criminal Justice.

Petition (accompanied by bill) of Shirley Gomes and Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) relative to the appropriation of state aid for public schools in the town of Orleans. To the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Connolly of Everett, the reports were considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 then was suspended, in each instance. Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, for the committee on Taxation, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4218) of Marc R. Pacheco, Steven Kulik and other members of the General Court relative to promoting the sale of local farm products through tax incentives and other methods,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Ways and Means. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the discharge of the committee.

By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, that the Bill clarifying restrictive covenants (House, No. 2532) ought to pass. Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

By Mrs. Simmons of Leominster, for the committee on Local Affairs, on a petition, a Bill providing for the establishment and administration of rent regulations and the control of evictions in manufactured housing communities in the town Kingston (House, No. 4845) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to zoning in the town of Kingston (House, No. 4847) [Local Approval Received].

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, for the committee on Taxation, on a petition, a Bill establishing an open space real property acquisition fund in the city known as the town of Franklin (House, No. 4851) [Local Approval Received].

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

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill relating to the debt limit of the town of Millis (see House, No. 4421) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted; and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Orders of the Day.

The House Bill providing for the 2002 annual town election in the town of Milton to be held on March 26, 2002 (House, No. 4883), reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, was read a third time; and it was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Recesses.

At fourteen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Rushing of Boston (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea being in the Chair), the House recessed until two o’clock P.M.; and at that time the House was called to order with Mr. O’Flaherty in the Chair.

The Chair (Mr. O’Flaherty) thereupon declared a recess, there being no objection, subject to the call of the Chair; and at one minute after three o’clock the House was called to order with Mr. O’Flaherty in the Chair.

Reconsiderations.

Ms. Wolf of Cambridge moved that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at yesterday’s sitting, passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, the Senate Bill providing equitable coverage of services under health plans (Senate, No. 2139, amended) and, there being no objection, the motion to reconsider was entertained; and it prevailed.

Pending the recurring question on passing the bill, as amended, to be engrossed, in concurrence, the same member moved that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at yesterday’s sitting, adopted amendments (offered by her); and the motion to reconsider prevailed.

On the recurring question, the amendments were rejected.

Ms. Wolf then moved that the bill be amended in section 1, in lines 6 and 7, and also in lines 19, 20 and 21, by striking out, in each instance, the words “, except policies providing supplemental coverage to Medicare or to other government programs,”; in section 2, in lines 5, 6 and 7, and in lines 20, 21 and 22, and also in section 4, in lines 4 and 5, and in lines 17, 18 and 19, by striking out, in each instance, the words “, except contracts providing supplemental coverage to Medicare or to other government programs,”; and in section 3, in lines 4, 5 and 6, and also in lines 19 and 20, by striking out the words “, except certificates providing supplemental coverage to Medicare or to other government programs,”.

The amendments were adopted; and the bill (Senate, No. 2139, amended) was passed to be engrossed, in concurrence. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the amendments.

Mr. Connolly of Everett moved that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at yesterday’s sitting, passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, the Senate Bill relative to certain school construction projects in the towns of Milton and Winchester and the cities of Brockton, Revere and Waltham (Senate, No. 2228, amended) and, there being no objection, the motion to reconsider was entertained; and it prevailed.

Pending the recurring question on passing the bill, as amended, to be engrossed, in concurrence, the same member moved that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at yesterday’s sitting, adopted amendments (offered by him) in section 1, in line 3, and also in section 3, in line 2, by inserting after the word “Brockton”, in each instance, the word “Everett”; and the motion to reconsider prevailed.

On the recurring question, the amendments were adopted.

The bill (Senate, No. 2228, amended) then was passed to be engrossed, in concurrence. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the amendments.

Recess.

At twenty minutes after three o’clock P.M., the Chair (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea) declared a recess, there being no objection, until the hour of four o’clock; and at that time the House was called to order with Mr. O’Flaherty in the Chair.

Engrossed Bills.

The engrossed Bill providing for the 2002 annual town election in the town of Milton to be held on March 26, 2002 (see House bill printed in House, No. 4883) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted (more than two-thirds of the members having agreed to pass the same); and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Engrossed bills

Limiting the amount of fees that staffing agencies may charge employees for transportation (see Senate, No. 2095); and

Relative to certain school construction projects in the towns of Milton and Winchester and the cities of Brockton, Revere and Waltham (see Senate, No. 2228, amended);

(Which severally originated in the Senate);

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 acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Order.

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