Thursday, February 21, 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:

Holy Spirit of God, at the opening of today’s legislative session we direct our attention and thoughts to You, Our Creator, and to the relevance of traditional human and spiritual values in our daily living, and in our dealing with others. We depend upon You and Your assistance as we struggle to fulfill our legislative, personal and community responsibilities and commitments. Inspire us to be fair, practical and creative in resolving current issues and in planning for an uncertain future. May we implement programs and policies which are based on thoughtful and sound decisions. If and when we seem to be overwhelmed by the complexities of today’s challenges, inspire us to look to You for the intellectual and moral courage to make the right choices.

Bestow Your blessings on 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 referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Nyman of Hanover and Tobin of Quincy) congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Desmond James Evans on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Parente of Milford); recognizing Peter L. Woodbury for his outstanding leadership on behalf of Thom Child & Family Services;

Mr. 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. Smizik of Brookline, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Orders of the Day.

The House Bill relative to the insurers insolvency fund (House, No. 1784, amended) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading), reported by said committee to be correctly drawn, was read a third time; and it was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

The House Bill to create a citizens advisory board on uses of the Rumney Marsh area of critical environmental concern (House, No. 1877) was read a second time; and it was ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill authorizing an alternative mode of construction for the Blue Hills and Spot Pond area covered water storage tanks (House, No. 4816) was read a second time.

The amendment previously recommended by the committee on Ways and Means,— that the bill be amended in section 1, in line 16, by striking out the word “circumstances” and inserting in place thereof the words “circumstances; provided, however, that said authority shall either retain the services of an owner’s representative, using the authority’s existing procurement methods for professional services, or establish a staff position for an owner’s representative, who shall advise the authority during the development of design and construction standards and provide other appropriate advice for the project”; and by adding at the end of said section the following sentence: “No person shall be restrained from participating as a design/construction contractor who had participated in earlier study or initial design phases of the aforementioned projects.”,— was adopted.

The bill (House, No. 4816, amended) then was ordered to a third reading.


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 seventeen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Donato of Medford (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.