Thursday, February 6, 2003.
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Ms. Donovan of Woburn 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, whose compassion is limitless, whose forgiveness is inexhaustible and whose material and spiritual blessings to us are numberless, we depend upon Your guidance as we try to do what is honorable and right at all times and in all circumstances. Even with Your assistance, we struggle each day to offer You our most sincere efforts of service and commitment to You, Our Creator. As citizens and leaders in our communities, teach us to search together for fair and rational solutions to our many current challenges, political, social and economic. Teach us to keep our personal and legislative goals noble, reasonable and ethical, so that people and society will be well served and protected now and in future years.
Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.
At the request of the Chair (Ms. Donovan), the members, guests and employees joined with her in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Jones of North Reading and other members of the House) congratulating President Ronald Wilson Reagan on the occasion of his ninety-second birthday;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Frost of Auburn) honoring Auburn Fire Chief Roger Belhumeur on his retirement after thirty-six years of dedicated public service to the town of Auburn and surrounding communities;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rush of Boston) honoring Kristen McDonnell of West Roxbury on scoring her one thousandth career point at Stonehill College;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rush of Boston) congratulating Robert Winikates on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Wagner of Chicopee and Kane of Holyoke) congratulating Richard Kmon on the occasion of his retirement;
Mr. DiMasi of Boston, 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. Rush of Boston, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Paper from the Senate.

A petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1935) of Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the Cotuit Athletic Association, Inc. to construct a building in Lowell Park in the town of Barnstable, was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.


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 six minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton (Ms. Donovan of Woburn being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session