JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, March 6, 2003.
 
 
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:
Eternal God, the Ultimate Source of Truth and Goodness, we depend upon Your guidance in our daily struggle to serve You and constituents conscientiously. We recognize our limitations and short-comings, but with Your assistance we endeavor to keep our goals, intentions and motives honorable and ethical. In addressing our day to day (often complex) legislative responsibilities and challenges, inspire us to strengthen and follow a right conscience which empowers us to make correct and insightful judgments and decisions. As elected leaders, assist us in uniting (not dividing) our diverse society in recognizing top priorities, pursuing common good goals and recognizing the needs of all people in our communities.
Grant Your blessings to 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.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Jones of North Reading) congratulating John Murphy on his outstanding athletic achievements;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Atsalis of Barnstable, George of Yarmouth, Gomes of Harwich, Patrick of Falmouth, Perry of Sandwich and Turkington of Falmouth) on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Nam Vets Association of the Cape and Islands, Inc.;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Brown of Wrentham, Kafka of Sharon, Coughlin of Dedham and Rogers of Norwood) congratulating Alan Rockwood on being named the Friends of St. Patrick 2003 Person of the Year;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Fagan of Taunton) congratulating Eric Stephen Sullivan on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Galvin of Canton) honoring Avon Fire Chief Jackson G. Macomber for his distinguished service;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Haddad of Somerset) congratulating Jason Mello on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kelly of Dalton) congratulating Martin W. Iwanowicz on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kelly of Dalton) congratulating Nathan A. Smith on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Linsky of Natick) congratulating Oliver Burruss on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Linsky of Natick) congratulating Brett Guenther on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Linsky of Natick) congratulating Donald J. Halpin on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Linsky of Natick) congratulating Jeff Merryman on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Linsky of Natick) congratulating Ted Metrakas on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Mariano of Quincy) congratulating Joan M. Jameson on her retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Miceli of Wilmington) honoring Sergeant James Hood for his commitment, dedication and service to the town of Tewksbury;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Murphy of Lowell) commemorating the “Irish-American Heritage” in the United States of America and the city of Lowell, Massachusetts; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Timilty of Milton and Ayers of Quincy) honoring Robert L. Gass for his exceptional service to the town of Randolph;
Mr. Scaccia of Boston, 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. Rush of Boston, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Petitions.

Petitions (deposited with the Clerk previously to five o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, December 4, 2002) were presented and they were severally referred, under Rule 24, as follows:
By Ms. Atkins of Concord, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Cory Atkins and Susan C. Fargo relative to establishing an affordable housing trust fund in the town of Concord.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Cory Atkins, Geoffrey D. Hall, David M. Nangle, Thomas A. Golden, Jr., and Susan C. Fargo for legislation to exempt the position of deputy chief of police in the town of Chelmsford from the provisions of civil service law.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Cory Atkins and Susan C. Fargo that the town of Concord be authorized to send certain information to registered voters in said town.
By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Garrett J. Bradley and Robert L. Hedlund that the town of Hull be authorized to establish a special education tuition and expenses fund.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Garrett J. Bradley and Robert L. Hedlund relative to authorizing the appointment of certain special police officers in the town of Hull.
By Mr. Buoniconti of West Springfield, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Stephen J. Buoniconti relative to the civil service status of certain provisional and promotional employees of the town of West Springfield.
By Ms. Callahan of Sutton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Jennifer M. Callahan relative to authorizing the town of Bellingham to establish a capital investment fund.
By Ms. Candaras of Wilbraham, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Gale D. Candaras and Linda J. Melconian that the retirement board of the city of Springfield be authorized to grant retirement benefits to Doris Shecrellah.
By Mr. Casey of Winchester, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Paul C. Casey, Richard R. Tisei and Carol A. Donovan relative to the selectmen-town administrator form of government in the town of Stoneham.
By Mr. Fagan of Taunton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of James H. Fagan for legislation to provide civil service status for certain employees of the municipal lighting plant of the city of Taunton.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of James H. Fagan relative to authorizing the certification and eligibility of certain persons as fire fighters in the city of Taunton.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of James H. Fagan and Marc R. Pacheco that the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be directed to exchange certain parcels of land in the city of Taunton with said city.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of James H. Fagan and Marc R. Pacheco relative to authorizing the city of Taunton to lease certain recreational land of the John F. Parker Municipal Golf Course.
By Mr. Fresolo of Worcester, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of John P. Fresolo and another that incapacitated employees of the municipal police department of the city of Boston be granted leave with pay for injuries sustained in the line of duty.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of John P. Fresolo and another that incapacitated employees of the housing police department of the city of Boston be granted leave with pay for injuries sustained in the line of duty.
By Ms. Grant of Beverly, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Mary E. Grant for legislation to authorize the city of Beverly to discontinue a portion of a certain street as a public way.
By Mrs. Harkins of Needham, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Lida E. Harkins that the town of Needham be authorized to grant real estate tax rebates to certain property owners in said town.
By Mr. Honan of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Kevin G. Honan, Byron Rushing, Gloria L. Fox, Elizabeth A. Malia and Anthony Petruccelli relative to governmentally or former governmentally involved housing in the city of Boston.
By Mr. Humason of Westfield, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Donald F. Humason, Jr., and Michael R. Knapik relative to the establishment of a traffic commission in the city of Westfield.
By Mr. Hynes of Marshfield, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Frank M. Hynes, Robert L. Hedlund and another that the town of Marshfield be authorized to reduce sewer fees and betterment charges for certain elderly persons performing volunteer services.
By Mr. Kane of Holyoke, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Michael F. Kane and Michael R. Knapik relative to the parks and recreation commission in the city of Holyoke.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Michael F. Kane and Michael R. Knapik relative to amending the charter of the city of Holyoke.
By Mr. Kennedy of Brockton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Thomas P. Kennedy that certain school construction projects in the city of Brockton be exempt from provisions of the competitive bidding laws.
By Mr. Kocot of Northampton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Peter V. Kocot and Michael R. Knapik that the licensing authority of the town of Southampton be authorized to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the prem­ises to Shree Gurudev Corporation, d/b/a Southampton Beer and Wine.
By Mr. Koutoujian of Newton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Peter J. Koutoujian, Ruth B. Balser, Kay Khan, Cynthia S. Creem and another relative to the placement of nonbinding public opinion advisory questions on the ballot in the city of Newton.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Peter J. Koutoujian, Ruth B. Balser, Kay Khan, Cynthia S. Creem and another that the city of Newton be authorized to impose civil fines for violations of zoning ordinances and by-laws.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Peter J. Koutoujian, Ruth B. Balser, Kay Khan, Cynthia S. Creem and another relative to the relocation of certain utility lines in the city of Newton.
By Mr. Linsky of Natick, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of David Paul Linsky and Cheryl A. Jacques relative to transferring a certain parcel of land from the conservation commission of the town of Sherborn to the board of selectmen of said town for active recreation purposes.
By Mr. Murphy of Lowell, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Kevin J. Murphy, Steven C. Panagiotakos, David M. Nangle and Thomas A. Golden, Jr., relative to the appointment of school teachers in the city of Lowell.
By Mr. Naughton of Clinton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Harold P. Naughton, Jr., and Harriette L. Chandler relative to the appointment of the positions of treasurer and tax collector in the town of Boylston.
By Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Eugene L. O’Flaherty relative to creditable service for retirement purposes for certain employees of the city of Boston.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Eugene L. O’Flaherty that the State Retirement Board be directed to retire John Keenan, a fire fighter of the town of Arlington.
By Mr. Patrick of Falmouth, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Matthew C. Patrick for legislation to authorize the town of Mashpee to classify the position of animal control officer in said town under Group 4 of the contributory retirement system.
By Mr. Ruane of Salem, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of J. Michael Ruane relative to the issuance of certain rental certificates by the housing authority in the city of Salem.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of J. Michael Ruane for legislation to issue pension obligation bonds for the retirement fund for the city of Salem.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of J. Michael Ruane relative to establishing an affordable housing trust fund in the city of Salem.
By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of John W. Scibak that the town of Hadley be authorized to impose a local meals excise tax.
By Mr. Spellane of Worcester, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Robert Spellane and James B. Leary relative to the installation of speed humps, so-called, in the city of Worcester.
By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Joseph C. Sullivan, Michael W. Morrissey and Brian A. Joyce relative to authorizing the town of Braintree to convey certain parcels of land located in said town.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Joseph C. Sullivan, Michael W. Morrissey and Brian A. Joyce that the town of Braintree be authorized to transfer a certain parcel of park located in said town.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Joseph C. Sullivan, Michael W. Morrissey and Brian A. Joyce that the town of Braintree be authorized to lease the Watson Park Library in said town.
By Mr. Timilty of Milton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Walter F. Timilty and another that certain employees of housing authority of the city of Boston be classified in Group 4 of the public employees retirement law.
By Mr. Travis of Rehoboth, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Philip Travis, Patricia A. Haddad and Joan M. Menard relative to health and life insurance for certain part-time elected officials of the town of Swansea.
By Mr. Vallee of Franklin, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of James E. Vallee and Cheryl A. Jacques relative to a probationary employment period for certain newly hired public safety personnel in the city known as the town of Franklin.
By Mr. Wallace of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rules 7B and 9) of Thomas M. Menino, Brian P. Wallace, Kevin G. Honan and Dianne Wilkerson for legislation to establish the Washington Street business improvement district in the city of Boston.
By Mr. Walsh of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Martin J. Walsh, Brian P. Wallace and Anthony Petruccelli relative to creditable service for certain employees of the city of Boston.
Severally to the committee on Rules.
A petition of Stephen M. Brewer, Michael J. Rodrigues and Pamela P. Resor for legislation relative to the requirement of rain sensor devices for landscape sprinkler systems, came from the Senate referred, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.
The House then concurred with the Senate in the suspension of said rule; and the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1956 ) was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on State Administration.

Order.

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 ten minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Casey of Winchester (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.