JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001.

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M.

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

Lord God, let Your gifts of wisdom and knowledge fill our hearts and minds on this and every day, so that our personal and legislative decisions will be thoughtful and in full accord with Your ways. As we try to meet the challenges of governing fairly and prudently in our diverse and pluralistic society, guide our efforts to unite people in pursuing goals and causes which serve the best interests of the people and our communities and not merely the interests of a few. Teach us to be open to Your assistance and to the reasonable suggestions of others in formulating and evaluating legislation and programs. Inspire us to seek truth in our discussions and to speak the truth in dealing with others. Grant us the courage to remain committed to our own philosophical, religious and ethical beliefs and principles as we follow the dictates of our right conscience.

Bestow Your blessings on 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.

The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Fagan of Taunton) honoring John S. Tripp;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Hahn of Westfield) congratulating the Get-Together Club of Westfield on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Khan of Newton) congratulating Janet M. Goldrick on the occasion of her retirement;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Murphy of Burlington) congratulating Superintendent Joseph E. Buckley on the occasion of his retirement from the Bedford public school system; and

Resolutions (filed by Representatives Reinstein of Revere, DeLeo of Winthrop and Petruccelli of Boston) congratulating Charlotte B. Bromberg on the occasion of her retirement;

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. Fagan, 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 severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4166) of Paul C. Casey, Michael E. Festa and Richard R. Tisei (by vote of the town) that the licensing authority of the town of Stoneham be authorized to grant licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to theaters. To the committee on Government Regulations.

By Mr. Rogers of New Bedford, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4167) of George Rogers (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to animal control vehicles in the city of New Bedford. To the committee on Public Safety.

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4168) of Paul C. Casey, Michael E. Festa and Richard R. Tisei (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of retired police officers in the town of Stoneham; and

By Mr. Festa of Melrose, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4169) of Michael E. Festa, Paul C. Casey and Richard R. Tisei (by vote of the town) relative to the reinstatement of employees in the town of Stoneham;

Severally to the committee on Public Service.

Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Broadhurst of Methuen, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Arthur J. Broadhurst relative to the charges assessed for unpaid checks.

By Ms. Haddad of Somerset, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Patricia A. Haddad and Philip Travis relative to the compensation to employees of retail stores on Sundays.

Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

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 Thomas N. George, Demetrius J. Atsalis and Robert A. O’Leary for legislation to provide for two additional assistant clerks for the First District Court of Barnstable. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Atsalis of Barnstable, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on the Judiciary. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Quinn of Dartmouth, for the committee on Banks and Banking, recommending that the communication from the Commissioner of Banks (under the provisions of Section 2(31) of Chapter 167F of the General Laws) submitting proposed regulations permitting state-chartered banks to exercise certain powers granted to national banking institutions (House, No. 1143) be placed on file.

Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the Bill regarding conservation commission consultant fees (House, No. 196); and

Of the Bill authorizing conservation commissions to impose fees for the employment of outside consultants (House, No. 2944, changed);

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the House committee on Rules; and

Of the Bill authorizing the town of Andover to convey land to the Andover Village Improvement Society for a pedestrian easement (Senate, No. 1045);

Of the Bill authorizing the town of Andover to convey land to the Andover Village Improvement Society (Senate, No. 1046);

Of the Bill to expand the use of interlocal agreements (House, No. 102);

Of the Bill establishing betterment reserve funds (House, No. 198);

Of the Bill to simplify the rules for use of municipal departmental revolving funds (House, No. 2009);

Of the Bill to authorize cities and towns to establish special purpose funds (House, No. 2010);

Of the Bill relative to employment contracts for municipal attorneys (House, No. 2945); and

Of the Bill authorizing the town of Wareham to release their interests in a certain parcel of land (House, No. 4126);

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Under Rule 42, the reports severally were considered forthwith; and they were accepted.

By Mr. Donnelly of Boston, for the committee on the Judiciary, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1060) of John F. Quinn relative to notification requirements to certain elderly persons in mortgage foreclosure proceedings,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Banks and Banking. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

 

By Mr. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Public Service, on a petition, a Bill regarding the Boston Fire Department (House, No. 4137) [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. Hart of Boston, 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 proclaiming the first week of October as Massachusetts safe schools week (House, No. 2983) ought to pass. 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 Rule 7A, on motion of Mr. Marini of Hanson, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on Senate, Nos. 744, 749, 753, 755, 770, 771, 775, 777, 789 and 792 and House, Nos. 8, 35, 466, 834, 1209, 1412, 1416, 1418, 1774, 1787, 1788, 1960, 1971, 2347, 2351, 2360, 2366, 2538, 2539, 2541, 2542, 3550, 3551, 3749 and 4005, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Insurance to make an investigation and study of certain Senate and House documents concerning insurance regulation in the Commonwealth (House, No. 4170). 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. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on a petition, a Bill making technical changes to Chapter 81 of the Acts of 2000 (House, No. 1781).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to medically necessary prescription drugs for enrollees in the general insurance commission prescription drug program (House, No. 3353).

Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on a petition, a Bill to provide consumers additional coverage relative to private passenger automobile insurance (House, No. 1775, changed in line 6 by striking out the word “thirty” and inserting in place thereof the word “sixty”).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to small group insurance (House, No. 2361).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to clarify the terms of motor vehicle liability bonds and policies (House, No. 2540).

Severally read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Orders of the Day.

House bills

Relative to town meetings in the town of Burlington (House, No. 1446);

Relative to a boundary change between the towns of Georgetown and Boxford (House, No. 2760);

Relative to the department of municipal finance for the town of Georgetown (House, No. 2761) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading);

Establishing a police technology fund in the town of Hull (House, No. 3763);

Authorizing the town of Groveland to establish an administering authority (House, No. 3962); and

Relative to certain borrowing by the town of Cohasset (House, No. 4013);

Severally reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, were read a third time; and they were passed to be engrossed. Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

House bills

Relative to production of records for review by the State Auditor (House, No. 3);

Establishing the office of treasurer-collector in the town of Carlisle (House, No. 645);

Authorizing the park commissioners of the town of Rochester to change the use of a certain parcel of municipal land acquired for outdoor recreational and athletic uses (House, No. 855);

Authorizing the town of Walpole to use certain forest land for school purposes (House, No. 4055); and

Establishing a sick leave bank for a certain employee of the Department of Correction (House, No. 4094);

Severally were read a second time; and they were ordered to a third reading.

House reports

Of the committee on Election Laws, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1572) of William W. White for legislation to provide for “none of the above” option on election ballots; and

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2686) of Antonio F. D. Cabral and other members of the General Court relative to the annual street list;

Of the committee on Local Affairs, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 646) of Edward G. Connolly relative to further regulating parking spaces for disabled persons; and

Of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 316) of David B. Sullivan for legislation to further regulate the repossession of motor vehicles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 502) of Philip Travis relative to motor vehicle accidents involving public employees;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 505) of Philip Travis relative to independent investigators of motor vehicle accidents involving police officers;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1071) of James H. Fagan relative to the suspension of licenses to operate motor vehicles for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1268) of Stephen P. LeDuc relative to the use of out-of-state motor vehicle licenses as valid identification;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1273) of David H. Tuttle relative to the registration of boat transporters and trailers by nonresidents;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1451) of John J. Binienda, John P. Fresolo, James B. Leary and Robert Spellane for legislation to establish a “prevent blindness” fund through the office of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1453) of John J. Binienda, John P. Fresolo, James B. Leary and Robert Spellane for legislation to authorize the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive registration plates commemorating the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Sky Soldiers;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1456) of Peter J. Koutoujian and Carol A. Donovan for legislation to require that explosive materials manufactured or offered for sale be tagged for purposes of detection and identification;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1636) of Geoffrey D. Hall, Steven C. Panagiotakos and another for legislation to require a certain decal to be displayed on motor vehicles operated by persons with learner’s permits;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1639) of Veronica Whitehouse relative to the penalty for operation of motor vehicles after the suspension or revocation of a license to operate such motor vehicle;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1641) of Edward M. Williams for legislation to authorize the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive registration plates to active or former members of the United States Marine Corps;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1849) of Nancy Flavin that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue a mortuary registration plate;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2020) of Robert F. Fennell, Mary Jane Simmons, Emile J. Goguen, Stephen M. Brewer, Martin J. Walsh and Kathi-Anne Reinstein that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be directed to issue distinctive license plates to persons who were listed as missing in action by the armed forces of the United States;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2397) of Ronald Mariano relative to the testing of blood and urine in motor vehicle homicides;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2576) of Paul C. Casey and David C. Bunker, Jr., that the Department of Correction be directed to study the efficacy of therapeutic chemical intervention of persons convicted of certain crimes;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2579) of Paul C. Casey relative to the appointment of certain employees of the Criminal History Systems Board as special state police officers;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2581) of Paul C. Casey for legislation to increase the penalty for parking motor vehicles in spaces reserved for handicapped persons;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2584) of Paul C. Casey, Thomas N. George, Anthony J. Verga and Edward G. Connolly relative to the revocation of motor vehicle drivers’ licenses without a hearing;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2585) of Paul C. Casey, Anthony J. Verga and Edward G. Connolly for legislation to require that motor vehicle accident reports contain information of the use of mobile telephones at the time the accident;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2775) of Frank M. Hynes for legislation to further regulate the speed of police cruisers while in fresh pursuit of alleged offenders;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2776) of Stephen P. LeDuc relative to the payment of outstanding fines in the registration of motor vehicles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2961) of Marie J. Parente that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to revoke the licenses of certain persons convicted of the crime of rape;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3408) of John F. Carr for legislation to further regulate motor vehicle license suspensions for certain traffic law violations;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 3411) of Peter J. Larkin relative to reviving and continuing the special commission (including members of the General Court) established to make an investigation and study of the effectiveness of driver education programs;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3585) of Paul E. Caron relative to penalties and punishments for three or more speeding convictions within a twelve month period;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3594) of J. James Marzilli, Jr., Thomas M. Stanley and Patricia D. Jehlen for legislation to regulate the idling of motor vehicles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3596) of Theodore C. Speliotis for legislation to further regulate the inspections of motor vehicles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3781) of Demetrius J. Atsalis that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be directed to issue distinctive motor vehicle plates for recipients of the Combat Infantry Badge;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3783) of Demetrius J. Atsalis that the Commissioner for Administration and Finance be directed to establish a fee for the renewal of registration of motorcycles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3803) of Veronica Whitehouse relative to the surrendering of motor vehicle registration plates at hearings conducted by the Registry of Motor Vehicles;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3804) of Thomas P. Kennedy that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be directed to issue certain decals to Lao/Hmong veterans; and

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3883) of James R. Miceli for legislation to regulate the height of motor vehicles operating on public ways;

Severally were accepted.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2577) of Paul C. Casey relative to creating the Massachusetts prison industries enhancement program, was considered.

Pending the question on acceptance of the report, the petition was recommitted to the committee on Public Safety, on motion of Mr. Toomey of Cambridge.

House reports

Of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2578) of Paul C. Casey relative to the establishment of a behavioral science unit in the Department of State Police;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2580) of Paul C. Casey relative to the establishment of regional lock-up facilities; and

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2582) of Paul C. Casey for legislation to establish a fire control unit within the Metropolitan District Commission;

Severally were considered.

Pending the question, in each instance, on acceptance of the report, the petitions were recommitted, on motions of Mr. Casey of Winchester, to the committee on Public Safety.

Recess.

At twenty-seven minutes before twelve o’clock noon, on motion of Mr. Straus of Mattapoisett (the Speaker being in the Chair), the House recessed until one o’clock P.M.; and at six minutes after one o’clock the House was called to order with Mr. DiMasi of Boston in the Chair.

The Senate Bill correcting the incest statute (Senate, No. 175) was read a second time; and it was ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill relative to reporting of fatal accidents (House, No. 170) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the bill was again considered; and it was referred, on further motion of the same member, to the committee on Rules.

The House Bill affecting county commissioners (House, No. 1236) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mr. Marini of Hanson, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the bill was considered further.

The same member and other members of the House then moved that the bill be amended by substitution of a Bill relative to the removal of monuments and markers (House, No. 4172), which was read.

The amendment was adopted; and the substituted bill was ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill providing for volunteers to enforce handicapped parking laws (House, No. 3806) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, it was referred, on motion of Mr. Scaccia of Boston, to the committee on Rules.

The House Bill relative to the town of Weymouth’s enhanced emergency telephone system (House, No. 4012) was read a second time; and it was ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill relative to handicap parking restrictions (House, No. 4093) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Mr. Marini of Hanson and other members of the House moved that the bill be amended by substitution of a bill with the same title (House, No. 4171), which was read.

The amendment was adopted; and the substituted bill was ordered to a third reading.

The House report of the committee on Election Laws, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2885) of Marie J. Parente, Michael J. Rodrigues, Charles A. Murphy and Elizabeth A. Poirier for legislation to further regulate street listings, was considered.

Pending the question on acceptance of the report, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mr. Marini of Hanson, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the report was considered further; and it was accepted.

The House report of the committee on Government Regulations, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1587) of George Rogers and Jose L. Santiago for legislation to establish the rates for the distribution of electricity, was accepted.

Subsequently Mr. Rogers of New Bedford moved that this vote be reconsidered; and the motion to reconsider was considered forthwith and it prevailed.

Pending the recurring question on acceptance of the report, the petition was recommitted, on further motion of the same member, to the committee on Government Regulations.

The House report of the committee on Health Care, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1592) of Francis L. Marini and other members of the House for legislation to regulate the control of certain contagious diseases, was accepted. Mr. Marini of Hanson then moved that this vote be reconsidered; and the motion to reconsider was considered forthwith and it prevailed.

Pending the recurring question on acceptance of the report, further consideration thereof was postponed, on further motion of the same member, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the report was considered further, pending which further consideration thereof was again postponed, on motion of Mr. Marini, until the next sitting.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2770) of Antonio F. D. Cabral, Christine E. Canavan and Benjamin Swan for legislation to further regulate the licensing of private detectives, was accepted.

Mr. Cabral of New Bedford moved that this vote be reconsidered; and, under Rule 54, the motion to reconsider was placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3812) of George N. Peterson, Jr., relative to the powers and duties of special agents appointed by the Colonel of the State Police concerning cruelty to animals, was considered.

Pending the question on acceptance of the report, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the report was considered further; and the petition was recommitted, on motion of Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, to the committee on Public Safety.

The Senate Bill further regulating the licensing of certain home inspectors (Senate, No. 1856) was read a second time; and it was ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill relative to expenditures of certain municipal and district monies (House, No. 1624) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mrs. Parente of Milford, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the bill was considered further.

Mr. Marini of Hanson and other members of the House then moved that the bill be amended in line 11 by striking out the following: “during the 120 days following receipt of those proceeds,”.

The amendment was adopted; and the bill (House, No. 1624, amended) was ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill to accommodate the patriotic expressions of the citizens of the Commonwealth (House, No. 2614) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Mr. Marini of Hanson and other members of the House moved that it be amended in line 6 by striking out the words “and shape”.

The amendment was adopted; and the bill (House, No. 2614, amended) was ordered to a third reading.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1651) of Ruth W. Provost and Eric Turkington that persons charged with vehicular homicide forfeit the license to operate a motor vehicle upon pleading guilty to a lesser charge, was accepted.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2593) of John A. Locke relative to increasing the age requirement for persons to be licensed to operate a motor vehicle, was considered.

Pending the question on acceptance of the report, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton, until after disposition of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day.

Subsequently, the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day having been disposed of, the report was again considered. Further consideration thereof was then postponed, on motion of Mr. Marini of Hanson, until the next sitting.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3882) of Frank M. Hynes, other members of the House and another relative to speed limits on certain city and town ways, was considered.

Pending the question on acceptance of the report, the petition was recommitted to the committee on Public Safety, on motion of Mr. Hynes of Marshfield.

The House report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3885) of Elizabeth Poirier, Bruce E. Tarr, Michael J. Coppola and Jo Ann Sprague relative to the issuance of identification cards by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, was accepted.

Engrossed Bill — Land Taking.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Chilmark to erect a radio tower on certain conservation land (see House, No. 3963) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was put upon its final passage.

On the question on passing the bill to be enacted, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays (this being a bill providing for the taking of land or other easements used for conservation purposes, etc., as defined by Article XCVII of the Amendments to the Constitution); and on the roll call 151 members voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 67 in Supplement.]

Therefore the bill was passed to be enacted; and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill allowing victims of violent crimes to testify at Parole Board hearings (Senate, No. 1844) ought to pass.

Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Ms. Atkins of Concord, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.

Subsequently under suspension of the rules, on further motion of the same member, the bill (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) was read a third time.

After debate on the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, in concurrence (Ms. Lewis of Dedham being in the Chair), the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays, at the request of Ms. Atkins; and on the roll call 128 members voted in the affirmative and 21 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 68 in Supplement.]

Therefore the bill (Senate, No. 1844) was passed to be engrossed, in 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.

At three minutes after three o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Finneran (Ms. Lewis of Dedham being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.