JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, March 11, 2002.
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Correia of Fall River 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. Correia), 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. Frost of Auburn and other members of the House) congratulating W. Mitt Romney on successfully running and saving the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kennedy of Brockton) congratulating Dennis William Looney on the occasion of his retirement after 30 years of service to people with mental retardation;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Paulsen of Belmont) congratulating Ernest Fay on the occasion of his retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Walrath of Stow) congratulating Adam C. Broders on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Walrath of Stow) congratulating Melanie K. Jones on receiving the Gold Award of the Girl Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Walrath of Stow) congratulating Stephanie F. Jones on receiving the Gold Award of the Girl Scouts of America; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Walrath of Stow) congratulating Aaron P. R. Kotilainen on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
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. Kaufman of Lexington, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.
Papers from the Senate.
A Bill relative to the town of Holliston and the establishment of a cemetery care fund (Senate, No. 2144, changed in line 5 by striking out the year “1829” and inserting in place thereof the year “1828”) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received], passed to be engrossed by the Senate, was read; and it was referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
A monthly report of the Bureau of Special Investigations (under the provisions of Section 11(8) of Chapter 14 of the General Laws) for the month of January, 2002; and
Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of certain correctional facilities, as follows:
Of the M.C.I. Shirley Minimum Facility, in the town of Shirley;
Of the Pondville Correctional Center, in the town of Norfolk; and
Of the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, in the town of Shirley;
Severally were spread upon the records of the House; and returned to the Senate.
A petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2277) of Harriette L. Chandler, Guy W. Glodis, Thomas R. Hoover, city manager, and Timothy P. Murray, mayor (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Worcester to place a conservation restriction on Green Hill Park, was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Bill relative to pre-marital testing (Senate, No. 476),— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Rules. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.
By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, that the Bill requiring the posting of security for the seizure and impoundment of animals (House, No. 2202) ought to pass. Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
The engrossed Bill relative to the town of Medfield and the Medfield Shelter 2000, Inc. (see House, No. 4360) (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.
Mr. Koutoujian of Newton moved that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at the preceding sitting, adopted resolutions (filed by him) calling upon the Governor to declare a public health emergency due to the closing of the Deaconess-Waltham Hospital; and the motion to reconsider prevailed.
Pending the recurring question on adoption of the resolutions, the subject-matter was recommitted, on further motion of the same member, to the committee on Rules.
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.; and when the House adjourns tomorrow, it adjourn to meet the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.
At twenty-five minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Quinn of Dartmouth (Mr. Correia of Fall River being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.