JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Wednesday, June 18, 2003.
 
 
Met at fourteen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.

At the request of the Speaker, the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Messages from the Governor — Veto.

A message from His Excellency the Governor returning with his objections thereto in writing the engrossed Bill relative to group insurance premiums for retired employees of the town of Webster [see House, No. 428, amended] (for message, see House, No. 3905) was filed in the Office of the Clerk on Friday, June 13.
The message was read; and, under House Rule 12, it was placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting, the question being on passing the bill (see House, No. 428, amended) notwithstanding the said objections.

Petitions.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Torrisi of North Andover, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3906) of David M. Torrisi, Steven A. Baddour, Bruce E. Tarr and Barbara A. L’Italien (by vote of the town) relative to the date for annual elections in the town of North Andover. To the committee on Election Laws.
By Mr. Leary of Worcester, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3907) of James B. Leary and Harriette L. Chandler (by vote of the town) relative to the administrative oversight of the hiring process in the town of West Boylston. To the committee on Public Service.
By Ms. L’Italien of Andover, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3908) of Barbara A. L’Italien, Bruce E. Tarr and Bradford Hill (by vote of the town) relative to certain real property tax exemptions in the town of Boxford;
By Mrs. Pope of Wayland (by request), petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3909) of Kirsten D. Roopenian and others (by vote of the town) relative to property tax exemptions for certain elderly persons in the town of Sudbury; and
By Mr. Turkington of Falmouth, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3910) of Eric Turkington and Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) that the town of Nantucket be authorized to impose a tax on residential construction and use revenues generated for the benefit of community housing;
Severally to the committee on Taxation.
By Mr. Torrisi of North Andover, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3911) of David M. Torrisi, Steven A. Baddour, Bruce E. Tarr and Barbara A. L’Italien (by vote of the town) that the town of North Andover be authorized to discontinue the use of Dale Street as a public way. To the committee on Transportation.
Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

The following petitions (having been returned by the State Secretary, under the provisions of Chapter 3 of the General Laws with statements relative thereto) were placed on file:
By Mr. DiMasi of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 9) of Salvatore F. DiMasi relative to the reconstruction and relocation of the Green Line transit system from North Station to Science Park Station in the city of Boston; and
By Mrs. Paulsen of Belmont, petition (subject to Joint Rule 9) of Anne M. Paulsen relative to establishing the Massrail corporation within the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Honan of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Kevin G. Honan (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to the safe placement of newborns and infants in the city of Boston by the Department of Social Services.
By Mr. Peterson of Grafton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of George N. Peterson, Jr., Pamela P. Resor, Karyn E. Polito and Paul J. P. Loscocco for an investigation by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles relative to the design of distinctive veterans license plates.
Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Papers from the Senate.

A report of the committee on Counties, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1625) of Joseph C. Sullivan, Michael W. Morrissey and Brian A. Joyce relative to further extending the time for which certain land in Norfolk County may be used as a temporary minimum security alternative correction center, and recommending that the same be referred to the House committee on Ways and Means,— accepted by the Senate, in so much as relates to the discharge of the committee, was considered forthwith, under Rule 42; and it was accepted, in concurrence.

A petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2016) of Marc R. Pacheco and David L. Flynn (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Bridgewater to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises, was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Government Regulations.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Rodrigues of Westport, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on a petition, a Bill prohibiting discrimination against veterans in employment (House, No. 1053).
By Mr. Straus of Mattapoisett, for the committee on Election Laws, on a petition, a Bill regarding county elections for certain vacancies (House, No. 334, changed in line 6 by striking out the word “or” the first time it appears and inserting in place thereof the word “of”; and in line 8 by striking out the word “issues” and inserting in place thereof the word “issued”).
By Mr. Bosley of North Adams, for the committee on Government Regulations, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the city of Medford to issue additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 3865) [Local Approval Received].
By Mr. Greene of Billerica, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on a petition, a Bill designating Regatta field in Lowell as the Anne Dean Welcome Field (House, No. 1535).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the following matters be scheduled for consideration by the House:
The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Milton to issue a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (Senate, No. 420) [Local Approval Received]; and
House bills
Designating a certain bridge in the town of Canton as the John E. Farrington Bridge (House, No. 661);
Providing for the annual observance of World War II Commemoration Day (House, No. 1201);
Designating a certain bridge in the city of Lowell as the Martin T. “Buster” Meehan Bridge (House, No. 1423, changed);
Relative to the use of the name of financial institutions (House, No. 1623);
Designating the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Center in Agawam be known as the Harold F. Skelton Sr. Criminal Justice Training Center in Agawam (House, No. 2157);
To accommodate the patriotic expressions of the citizens of the Commonwealth (House, No. 2527);
Proclaiming April as Armenian-American Heritage Month (House, No. 2695);
Designating the Pegan Cove filter bed property as the “Tony Anniballi Memorial Park at Pegan Cove” (House, No. 3367); and
Designating the bridge on Lowell Street in Methuen Massachusetts the “Patriots Bridge” (House, No. 3472);
Severally placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading.

By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1179) of Elizabeth Poirier and other members of the House for legislation to protect persons directing traffic.
By the same member, for the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1542) of Christine E. Canavan, Marc R. Pacheco, William C. Galvin, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Michael J. Coppola and David L. Flynn relative to excavation and trench safety.
By the same member, for the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2855) of Stephen Kulik and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. for legislation to further define the term “snow vehicle”.
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.

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Middleborough to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 3723) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted; and it was signed by the Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Orders of the Day.

The House Bill relative to the health insurance of active and retired employees of the town of Plymouth (House, No. 3848), 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. Peterson of Grafton,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at twelve o’clock noon.


At twenty-five minutes after eleven o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Peterson, the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at twelve o’clock noon.