Monday, February 10, 2003.
Met at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Tobin of Quincy 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:
Gracious God, the Ultimate Sources of Truth, Your gifts of wisdom and knowledge offer us guidance and direction in our daily struggle to address correctly both legislative and personal challenges and opportunities. With Your assistance enhanced by our own moments of prayerful reflection, we are well equiped to organize our priorities and evaluate our goals and objectives. During these uneasy times of terrorist alerts and with limited legislative choices, inspire us to select the most noble, most thoughtful and most reasonable options which are open to us. In Your goodness, help us to be patient listeners, clear communicators and skilled leaders in serving people, our communities and the common good in these changing times.
Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.
At the request of the Chair (Mr. Tobin), 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 referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Casey of Winchester and Simmons of Leominster) congratulating Harold “Bucky” Joy on his ninetieth birthday;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Connolly of Everett) commemorating the “Irish-American Heritage” in the United States of America; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Creedon of Brockton) congratulating Shannon Casey, a Prudential Spirit of Community Award Honoree;
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. Casey, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Papers from the Senate.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1936) of Charles E. Shannon, Pamela P. Resor, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., J. James Marzilli, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to health insurance for self-employed individuals. To the committee on Insurance.
Petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1937) of Ellen Frith for legislation to provide for volunteers to enforce handicapped parking laws. To the committee on Public Safety.


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 thirteen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Smizik of Brookline (Mr. Tobin of Quincy being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.