JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Tuesday, April 22, 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:
God, Our Creator, during the Easter Season and through Your kindness, our hearts and minds are filled with Your gifts of faith, hope, joy and peace. We pray that these virtues and gifts will remain with us in the weeks and months ahead as we face our daily tasks and assume our responsibilities. In the coming days, we will be faced with complex, difficult, limited legislative budgetary options. Inspire us to make sound and just choices as we address the needs of the people, of society and the overall common good. Teach us to remain faithful to our own principles, priorities and values as we plan for the future of this Commonwealth.
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.
The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Representatives DiMasi of Boston and Harkins of Needham) honoring Dr. Maurice E. Keenan;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Haddad of Somerset) congratulating Bruce A. Maggs on the occasion of his retirement; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Koczera of New Bedford) honoring John E. Hoyle;
Mr. Petrolati of Ludlow, 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.
By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, for the committee on Public Service, on a petition, a Bill relative to the town of Webster retirees insurance premium special rate (House, No. 428) [Local Approval Received]. Read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matter be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Verga of Gloucester, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.
By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill authorizing the city of Worcester to reinstitute an early retirement incentive program (House, No. 3813) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Mrs. Paulsen of Belmont, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.
By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, on House, Nos. 210, 406, 407, 598, 808, 2486, 2493, 3378 and 3379, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Public Safety to make an investigation and study of certain House documents relative to the incarceration of prisoners, prisoners programs and Department of Correction programs (House, No. 3829). Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Subsequently Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for said committees, reported asking to be discharged from further consideration of said order; and recommending that the same be referred to the House committee on Rules. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.
By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on House, No. 1017, a Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land in the city of Fall River (House, No. 3831). Read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, for the committee on Public Service, on a petition, a Bill relative to the appointment of a city councilor in the city of Marlborough (House, No. 3812) [Local Approval Received].
By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on a petition, a Bill proclaiming the first week of October as Massachusetts Safe Schools Week (House, No. 2887).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to increase the retaliation penalty and to exclude malicious reporting from such protection under the Disabled Persons Protection Commission pursuant to the General Laws Chapter 19C (House, No. 3241).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating the number 6 as the official number of the Commonwealth (House, No. 3597).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
On motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.
At ten minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Ms. Wolf of Cambridge (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.