JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003.
 
 
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Quinn of Dartmouth 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, we depend upon You, Your assistance and guidance as we take up legislative proposals and items during this and every legislative session. In Your goodness help us to develop an accurate knowledge and understanding of current legislative and public policy matters and a clear vision of possible legislative challenges and opportunities. In this information age teach us to be good and careful listeners and open to the reasonable insights and suggestions of others. Inspire us, in our diverse society, to unite people in causes which strengthen our basic institutions and our commitment to recognize and protect the dignity and rights of all people. Bless our efforts to continue building stable, safe, responsible and ethical 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. Quinn), 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) commending Jeffrey R. Ryan on being honored as the Massachusetts Teacher of The Year for 2003;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. LeDuc of Marlborough) honoring John H. Rogers;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Peisch of Wellesley) congratulating Arnold R. Wakelin, Jr., on the occasion of the dedication of the Wakelin Meeting Room at the Wellesley Free Library; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Teahan of Whitman) recognizing May 25, 2003 as the third annual Missing Children’s Day in the Commonwealth;
Mr. Miceli of Wilmington, 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. Smizik of Brookline, 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. Kennedy of Brockton, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3867) of Thomas P. Kennedy, Christine E. Canavan, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., and Geraldine Creedon (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative the payment of health insurance premiums for retirees of the city of Brockton;
By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3868) of Peter W. Gubellini, Alice Hanlon Peisch, Cheryl A. Jacques, Cynthia S. Creem and others (by vote of the town) that the retirement board of the town of Wellesley be authorized to make a certain payment to Carol Calder, widow of George Calder; and
By the same member, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3869) of Peter W. Gubellini, Alice Hanlon Peisch, Cheryl A. Jacques, Cynthia S. Creem and others (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Wellesley to establish a post employment health insurance trust fund;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.
Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Bosley of North Adams, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Daniel E. Bosley relative to the financial obligations of tobacco manufacturers selling cigarettes to consumers within the Commonwealth.
By Mr. Knuuttila of Gardner, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian Knuuttila and Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to further regulate interest and penalty charges in rental agreements.
Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Papers from the Senate.

A Bill setting apart May 25 as Missing Children’s Day (Senate, No. 1631) (on a petition), 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 petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1997) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. and Stephen Kulik (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to certain property tax assessments in the town of Williamsburg, was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Taxation.

A petition of Guy W. Glodis for legislation relative to an attorney’s lien in cases involving contingent fee agreements with clients, came from the Senate referred, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.
The House then concurred with the Senate in the suspension of said rule; and the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1999) was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on the Judiciary.

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 Michael E. Festa, Bruce E. Tarr, Mark V. Falzone and others for legislation to designate “tea” as the official hot beverage of the Commonwealth. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Rushing of Boston, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the following matters be scheduled for consideration by the House:
House bills
Relative to requests for local audits (House, No. 5);
Regarding the definitions applicable to sections 133A to 133E of Chapter 6 technical changes (House, No. 7);
Regarding discounts for low-income utility customers (House, No. 522);
Relative to radiation exposure records of nuclear power plant workers (House, No. 532);
Establishing a police technology fund (House, No. 595);
Authorizing the Superintendent of State Office Buildings to install a plaque in the State House honoring Lt. Frances Y. Slanger (House, No. 619);
Authorizing the town of Topsfield to grant to certain persons special per diem liquor licenses (House, No. 1480) [Local Approval Received];
Authorizing the town of Topsfield to issue a license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 1481) [Local Approval Received];
Authorizing the town of Topsfield to issue a license for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 1482) [Local Approval Received];
Prohibiting tethering, leashing and other restraints of prisoners in work release programs (House, No. 1558);
Relative to the timber bulkhead in Oak Bluffs Harbor (House, No. 1596);
Relative to bullet-proof vests (House, No. 1734);
Providing for the annual observance of certain civil war infantry regiments days (House, No. 1764);
Establishing October twentieth as Democracy Day (House, No. 1769);
Pertaining to emergency medical services (House, No. 1914);
Relative to the annual observance of International History Month (House, No. 1939);
Relative to the enforcement of the safety belt law (House, No. 2128) [Senator Barrios, dissenting.];
Providing for life cycle cost estimates to include energy recovery methods (House, No. 2789);
Proclaiming the first week of October as Massachusetts Safe Schools Week (House, No. 2887);
To increase the retaliation penalty and to exclude malicious reporting from such protection under the Disabled Persons Protection Commission pursuant to General Laws Chapter 19C (House, No. 3241);
Relative to a certain license for the sale of wines and malt beverages in the town of Milford (House, No. 3728) [Local Approval Received]; and
Providing for local government workforce reduction through an early retirement incentive program for certain employees (House, No. 3814);
Severally placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading.

By Mr. Binienda of Worcester, for the committee on Energy, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 539) of Vincent A. Pedone, Carol A. Donovan and Matthew C. Patrick relative to distribution by the Department of Public Health of thyroid-blocking agents to cities and towns within a ten mile radius of nuclear power plants.
By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 594) of Barry R. Finegold relative to work release programs for certain persons incarcerated in correctional institutions of the Commonwealth.
By the same member, for the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 805) of Scott P. Brown, John P. Fresolo, Edward G. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh relative to correctional officers at Massachusetts correctional facilities.
By the same member, for the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2484) of Paul C. Casey that the Department of Correction be directed to study the efficacy of therapeutic chemical intervention of persons convicted of certain crimes.
By the same member, for the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3383) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and other members of the House that the Department of Correction be directed to study the efficacy of therapeutic chemical intervention of persons convicted of certain crimes.
Severally referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matters be scheduled for consideration by the House; and, under said rule, they were placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting, the question, in each instance, being on acceptance.

Orders of the Day.

The House Bill relative to the public schools of the city of Chelsea (House, No. 2019), reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, was read a third time; and it was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for 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 eighteen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Smizik of Brookline (Mr. Quinn of Dartmouth being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.