JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Wednesday, February 27, 2002.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., with Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield 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, we depend upon You, Your assistance and guidance as we endeavor to select the most appropriate prudent and thoughtful legislative options which come before us. In the process, we open our hearts to Your gift of peace and our minds to Your gift of tranquility in responding to the issues of the day. By proposing reasonable and well thought-out legislative programs, policies and directions, may we be a sign of stability, confidence and trust to the people whom we represent. In our diverse society with great diversity of political agendas, may we continue to serve You, Our Creator, and the people conscientiously and to the best of our human ability.

Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

At the request of the Chair (Mr. Larkin), the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

Resignation of Representative John A. Hart, Jr., of Boston.

The following communication, received by the Clerk, was read for the information of the House; and placed on file.

February 27, 2002.

Mr. Steven James
House Clerk
State House, Room 145
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. James:

As the Senator Elect for the First Suffolk District, I am writing to resign my position as State Representative for the Fourth Suffolk District effective upon my qualifications for Senator for the First Suffolk District February 27, 2002.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
JOHN A. HART, JR.,
State Representative
Fourth Suffolk District

 

Statement Concerning Representative Candaras of Wilbraham.

A statement of Mr. DiMasi of Boston concerning Ms. Candaras of Wilbraham was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:

MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that one of our colleagues, Representative Candaras of Wilbraham, will not be present in the House Chamber for today’s sitting due to her attendance at a funeral service. Any roll calls that she may miss today will be due entirely to the reason stated.

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 petition of Ruth W. Provost and Therese Murray relative to providing real estate tax exemptions to surviving spouses of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mrs. Walrath of Stow, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Taxation. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

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 Edward G. Connolly (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to certain school construction projects in the city of Everett. To the committee on State Administration.

Petition (accompanied by bill) of Philip Travis, Patricia A. Haddad and Joan M. Menard (by vote of the town) relative to establishing a finance advisory board in the town of Swansea. To the committee on Taxation.

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

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill authorizing the city of Easthampton to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4871) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.

Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Ms. Flavin of Easthampton, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, that the Bill requiring audible warning devices for certain motor vehicles (House, No. 3780, changed) ought to pass. Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Engrossed Bills.

Mr. DiMasi of Boston being in the Chair,—

The engrossed Bill relative to the Ashland home rule charter (see Senate, No. 2105, changed) (which originated in the Senate), 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.

Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield being in the Chair,—

The engrossed Bill promoting energy efficiency and conservation (see House, No. 4006, amended) (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.

Reconsideration.

During consideration of the Orders of the Day, Mr. Straus of Mattapoisett asked unanimous consent that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at the preceding sitting, passed to be engrossed the House Bill relative to the water and sewer commission of the town of Mattapoisett (House, No. 4843, amended), and there being no objection, the motion to reconsider was entertained; and it prevailed.

Pending the recurring question on passing the bill to be engrossed, the same member moved that it be amended by adding at the end thereof the following section:

“SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.”.

The amendment was adopted; and the bill was passed to be engrossed. The bill (House, No. 4843, amended) then was sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill establishing wireless enhanced 911 services (Senate, No. 1920, amended), 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, in concurrence.

The House Bill providing for the installation of certain traffic devices in the city of Medford (House, No. 4635), 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.

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

The committee on Bills in the Third Reading reported recommending that the bill be amended in section 1, in lines 6 and 7, by striking out the following: “, the provisions of chapter 268A of the General Laws”; by striking out section 2; and by inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith an alternative method of construction for the Blue Hills and Spot Pond area covered water storage tanks, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”.

The amendments were adopted; and the bill (House, No. 4816, amended) was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

At thirteen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Casey of Winchester (Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield being in the Chair), the House recessed until a half past two o’clock P.M.; and at sixteen minutes before three o’clock P.M., the House was called to order with Mr. DiMasi of Boston in the Chair.

The House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2002 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 4914, amended), 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, Representatives Marini of Hanson and Rogeness of Longmeadow moved that it be amended by striking out section 8; and the amendment was adopted.

On the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays, at the request of Mr. Rogers of Norwood; and on the roll call 148 members voted in the affirmative and 1 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 270 in Supplement.]

Therefore the bill (House, No. 4914, amended) was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Order.

On motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston,—

Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.

Accordingly, without further consideration of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day, at fourteen minutes after three o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Scaccia of Boston (Mr. DiMasi of Boston being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.