Monday, March 5, 2001.

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.


Prayer was offered by the Reverend Robert F. Quinn, C.S.P., Chaplain of the House, as follows:

Gracious God, we place our confidence in You, Your, at times, mysterious ways and in the human and spiritual values which You have made known to us for achieving meaningful and successful living. In Your kindness, strengthen our resolve to remain faithful to You, to our own high ideals and to our intellectual and religious principles. In this era of great change, especially cultural changes, inspire us to be leaders who accept those innovations which contribute to the enhancement of human dignity and to reject those which undermine the foundations of a stable, civil and responsible society. Amen.

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


At the request of the Speaker, the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.



Resolutions (filed with the Clerk by Messrs. Jones of North Reading and Casey of Winchester) congratulating Lois Bond, were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules.

Mr. Honan of Boston, for the committee on Rules, then reported that the resolutions ought to be adopted. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mrs. Paulsen of Belmont, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.


Special Report.

A report of the Department of Education (under the provisions of Section 9 of Chapter 70B of the General Laws) submitting a copy of interim regulations for the school building assistance program (House, No. 4024), was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.



On motion of Ms. Khan of Newton,—

Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.; and when the House adjourns on Thursday, it adjourn to meet on the following Monday (March 12) at eleven o’clock A.M.



At eight minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Jones of North Reading, the House adjourned, to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.