JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, June 6, 2002.
Met at eight minutes past 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:
Eternal God, Lord of Goodness and Compassion, inspire us to remain faithful to You and conscientious and creative in addressing the often complex legislative issues which we force daily. We look to You for guidance and direction as we try to serve the people who depend upon our best legislative efforts and decisions. May we be aware of Your presence and support at all times, but especially during times of discouragement and disappointments, for You never abandon us. In our dealing with people, let our motives remain honorable, our intentions honest and our choices thoughtful.
Bestow Your blessings on 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 Mr. Murphy of Burlington) congratulating Paul Cabral on the occasion of his retirement from the Burlington School Department; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Provost of Sandwich) congratulating The Wing Family of America, Inc., on the occasion of its celebration of the 100th anniversary;
Mr. Honan 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. Connolly of Everett, 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 Quarterly Reports.
The annual report of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (under Section 1 of Chapter 138 of the Acts of 1998) of its findings and activities for the fiscal year ending June 31, 2002; and
A quarterly report of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (under Section 5L of Chapter 152 of the Acts of 1997) relative to all contracts regarding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center project entered into by said authority;
Severally were placed on file.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Order relative to authorizing the committee on Local Affairs to make an investigation and study of a certain House document concerning the membership of the board of selectmen of the town of Canton (House, No. 4687),— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Local Affairs. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.
By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Bill relative to providing additional funding for the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel Project (printed in House, No. 4561) ought to pass with an amendment substituting therefor a Bill relative to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority forward funding and for providing additional funding for the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel project (House, No. 5123), which was read [Bond Issue: $260,000,000.00].
Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, the bill was read a second time forthwith.
The amendment recommended by the committee on Ways and Means was adopted; and the substituted bill was ordered to a third reading.
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 forthwith; and it was passed to be engrossed. The bill (House, No. 5123) then was sent to the Senate for concurrence.
By Mr. Broadhurst of Methuen, for the committee on Science and Technology, that the Bill relative to an initiative to promote the commercialization of fuel cell technology (House, No. 5063) ought to pass. Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Orders of the Day.
The Senate Bill designating a visitor information center in the city of Springfield as the William C. Sullivan Visitor Information Center (Senate, No. 2267), 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, in concurrence.
The House Bill validating action taken at the special town meetings held by the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea (printed in House, No. 5077) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading), reported by said committee to be correctly drawn, was read a third time; and it was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.
On motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston,—
Ordered, That, when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.
At twenty minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Petruccelli of Boston (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.