Thursday, February 13, 2003.
Met according to adjournment, at 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).
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 Mr. Galvin of Canton) honoring Thomas H. McDonnell for his exceptional service to the town of Canton;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. George of Yarmouth) celebrating the bi-centennial of the town of Brewster;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Kafka of Sharon and Galvin of Canton) congratulating acting Stoughton Fire Chief Paul Roach, Jr., on the occasion of his retirement; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Khan of Newton) recognizing the two hundred fifteenth anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Mr. Petrolati of Ludlow, 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. Fagan of Taunton, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.


Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Coughlin of Dedham, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2012) of Robert K. Coughlin and Marian Walsh (by vote of the town) relative to the residency requirement for the position of town administrator in the town of Dedham; and
By Mr. Falzone of Saugus, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2011) of Mark V. Falzone, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Thomas M. McGee and Jarrett T. Barrios (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize Peter Cicolini to continue employment with the police department of the town of Saugus, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.
Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill relative to the office of the District Attorney for the Eastern District (Senate, No. 1925), reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, in concurrence, Messrs. Torrisi of North Andover and Rogers of Norwood moved that it be amended in section 1, in line 11, by inserting after the year “2005” the following: “; provided, however, that those employees whose service with said office was so terminated prior to January 2, 2003 shall receive 1/2 of any such payment owed on or before February 14, 2003 and shall receive the remaining 1/2 of any such payment owed on or before July 18, 2003”.
The amendment was adopted; and the bill (Senate, No. 1925, amended) was passed to be engrossed, in concurrence. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the amendment.


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

At eight minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Connolly of Everett (Mr. Tobin of Quincy being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Tuesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.