JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Wednesday, June 5, 2002.
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., with Mr. Walsh of Boston 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, we take this moment to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to You for Your constant care, protection and watchfullness over us every moment of the day. We, too often, take You and Your assistance for granted. This morning, we proclaim our trust and confidence in You, Our Creator, and in the value of the way of life and the path to present happiness which You have made known to us. As we struggle each day to cope with the pressures and stresses of daily living, help us to remain faithful to our political, personal and religious commitments. If and when we begin to cave in on our own principles and values, strengthen us intellectually, morally and emotionally. Let the light of Your wisdom enable us to promote goodwill, trust, peace and civility 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. Walsh), the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Message from the Acting Governor.
A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to certain capital spending authorizations (House, No. 5120) was filed in the office of the Clerk on Tuesday, June 4.
The message was read; and it was referred, under Rule 30, with the accompanying draft of a bill, to the committee on Long-Term Debt and Capital Expenditures.
Changes in Committees.
The Speaker announced that Representative St. Fleur of Boston had been appointed to the second position on the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to fill an existing vacancy.
The Speaker also announced that Representative O’Flaherty of Chelsea had been relieved of duty (at his own request) from the committee on Banks and Banking and that Representative Nangle of Lowell had been appointed to the second position on said committee to fill the existing vacancy; that Representative St. Fleur had been relieved of duty (at her own request) from the committee on Counties and that Representative O’Brien of Kingston had been appointed to the second position on said committee to fill the existing vacancy; that Representative Nangle had been relieved of duty (at his own request) from the committee on Public Service and that Representative Malia of Boston had been appointed to the second position on said committee to fill the existing vacancy; and that Representative O’Flaherty had been appointed to the first position on the committee on the Judiciary to fill the existing vacancy.
Statement of Representative Falzone of Saugus.
A statement of Mr. Falzone of Saugus was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:
MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that I was unable to be present in the House Chamber for the sitting of Wednesday, May 29, due to official business outside of the Commonwealth attending the annual Managing Technology in Government Conference. If I had been present for the roll call taken that day, I would have voted in the affirmative.
The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Ciampa of Somerville, Toomey of Cambridge and Jehlen of Somerville) congratulating Pearl Johnson Morrison on the occasion of her retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Donovan of Woburn) congratulating Joseph Roszak on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Donovan of Woburn) congratulating Richard Roszak on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. O’Brien of Kingston and Flynn of Bridgewater) congratulating Mark Edward Mather 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. Rushing 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.
Resolutions (filed with the Clerk by Ms. Rivera of Springfield) congratulating Richard R. Bassett on the occasion of his retirement, were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules.
Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, then reported that the resolutions ought to be adopted. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Ms. Rogeness of Longmeadow, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.
Annual and Special Reports.
A report of the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission (under item 0330-0317 of Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2001) submitting its study on the recidivism rate of offenders, was spread upon the records of the House; and sent to the Senate for its information.
The annual report of the Massachusetts Life Insurance Community Investment Initiative (under Section 2G of Chapter 259 of the Acts of 1998) for the year 2001, was placed on file.
Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5121) of Anne M. Gobi, Stephen M. Brewer and Reed V. Hillman (by vote of the town) that the town of Ware be authorized to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to JPK Enterprises. To the committee on Government Regulations.
By Mr. Hill of Ipswich, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5122) of Bradford Hill and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) relative to establishing an affordable housing trust fund in the town of Ipswich. To the committee on Local Affairs.
Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.
Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Connolly of Everett (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David Ragucci for legislation to issue a commuter permit to residents of the city of Everett for passage over the Tobin Memorial Bridge.
By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul Kujawski, Richard T. Moore and James E. Vallee (by vote of the town) that the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be authorized to convey a certain easement to the town of Blackstone.
By Mr. Linsky of Natick, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David Paul Linsky, Cheryl A. Jacques and David P. Magnani relative to designating the Pegan Cove Filter Bed property in the town of Natick as the “Tony” Anniballi Memorial Park at Pegan Cove.
By Mr. Timilty of Milton (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Tamara Berton relative to authorizing the appointment of said Tamara Berton as a state police officer, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements.
Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.
Paper from the Senate.
A communication from the Board of Trustees of the Health Care Security Trust (under the provisions of Section 4(h) of Chapter 29D of the General Laws) submitting its proposed budget for fiscal year 2003 (Senate, No. 2360), was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Health Care.
Report of a Committee.
By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill validating action taken at the special town meetings held by the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea on April 2, 2001 and April 1, 2002 (printed in House, No. 5077) be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Mr. Hill of Ipswich, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.
Designating certain bridges in the town of Saugus and the city of Woburn (see House, No. 4612, amended);
Authorizing the town of Somerset to grant an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4827, amended); and
Authorizing the certification and appointment of Kelly L. Reynolds as a police officer in the town of Wilmington (see House, No. 4920);
(Which severally originated in the House);
Severally having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were passed to be enacted; and they were signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.
Orders of the Day.
Authorizing the conveyance of certain property in the city of Boston (House, No. 3630, amended);
Authorizing the appointment of Luann M. Tomaso as a police officer in the town of Milford (House, No. 4921); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Holly Andersen, an employee of the trial court of the commonwealth (House, No. 5047);
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.
Relative to the charter of the town of Eastham (Senate, No. 2225);
Designating a visitor information center in the city of Springfield as the William C. Sullivan Visitor Information Center (Senate, No. 2267);
Designating a portion of the Holyoke Heritage State Park as Dinapoli Plaza (Senate, No. 2309); and
Directing the Secretary of the Commonwealth to place a certain non-binding question on the biennial state election ballot in the city of Holyoke (Senate, No. 2320, changed); and
Establishing the Plymouth Development Corporation (House, No. 4917, changed); and
Relative to a certain lease agreement of the city known as the town of Methuen (House, No. 5030);
Severally were read a second time; and they were ordered to a third reading.
The House report of the committee on Local Affairs, ought NOT to pass (for the reason that it would be unconstitutional to enact such special law), on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5075) of Robert J. Nyman and Michael W. Morrissey relative to validating the acts and proceedings at a special town meeting in the town of Rockland, was considered.
Pending the question on acceptance of the report, the petition was referred, on motion of Mr. Nyman of Hanover, to the committee on Rules.
At twenty-eight minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. deMacedo of Plymouth (Mr. Walsh of Boston being in the Chair), the House recessed subject to the call of the Chair; and at twenty-two minutes after three o’clock P.M. the House was called to order with the Speaker in the Chair.
On motion of Mr. Bosley of North Adams,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.
Accordingly, without further consideration of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day, at twenty-six minutes before four o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Bosley (the Speaker being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.