JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, July 8, 2002.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.

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

Eternal God, Source of All Goodness and Forgiveness, we begin this day by turning our thoughts to You, Our Creator, and by opening our hearts and minds to You and to Your gifts of wisdom and fortitude. Your assistance and direction offer us the capacity to address thoughtfully our many daily tasks and responsibilities. We know that we cannot resolve all the social, political and societal issues which come before us, but with Your help we can do our best and minimize our disappointments, frustrations and perhaps even failures. In these times of uncertainty and fear of possible terrorist actions, teach us, as people, to work together in resolving our common needs, problems and challenges.

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.

Papers from the Senate.

The engrossed Bill relative to community preservation of historic resources (see House bill printed as Senate, No. 2343) came from the Senate with an amendment inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to provide for community preservation of historic districts, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”.

Under suspension of Rule 35, on motion of Mr. Murphy of Burlington, the amendment (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) was considered forthwith; and it was adopted, in concurrence.

A petition of Guy W. Glodis for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Marian J. Palumbo, an employee of the Trial Court of the Commonwealth, 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. 2395) 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 Martin J. Walsh and other members of the General Court relative to the statute of limitations for certain sexual crimes against children. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Walsh of Boston, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Criminal Justice. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5155) of Paul E. Caron and other members of the House relative to the licensing and certification of swimming pool installers by the Department of Public Safety,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Government Regulations. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, on the Order relative to authorizing the committee on Commerce and Labor to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning consumer protection, employees’ rights, electronic monitoring in the workplace and other related matters (House, No. 4439) reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2112) of Peter J. Larkin, Stephen F. Lynch, David C. Bunker, Jr., Paul C. Casey, Maryanne Lewis and David P. Magnani relative to the Massachusetts Business Corporation Act,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Commerce and Labor. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.

Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, on the Order relative to authorizing the committee on Commerce and Labor to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning consumer protection laws and other related matters (House, No. 4450) reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 234) of William M. Straus, Steven A. Tolman, Louis L. Kafka and Elizabeth A. Malia for legislation to regulate telemarketing solicitation in the Commonwealth,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Commerce and Labor. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.

By Mr. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Public Service, on House, Nos. 4953, 4961, 5015, 5060 and 5110, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning active and retired public employees (House, No. 5212). 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. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Public Service, on House, No. 533, a Bill relating to the purchase of certain creditable service (House, No. 5213). Read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Public Service, on a petition, a Bill relative to the indemnification of retired police officers and fire fighters in the town of Halifax (House, No. 5003, changed in section 1, in line 1 and also in line 4, by striking out, the following: “41B” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following: “41”) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, a Bill clarifying a special act affecting the town of Hopedale (printed in House, No. 5067).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Canton to appoint police officers (House, No. 5096) [Local Approval Received].

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

By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, that the Bill relative to the disposition of certain state-owned property in the city of Somerville (House, No. 5138) ought to pass.

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Bill providing health care coverage for certain prosthetic devices (Senate, No. 2331) ought to pass.

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 for a second reading.

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 designating the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority Transportation Center in Lawrence as the Senator Patricia McGovern Transportation Center (Senate, No. 2359); and

House bills

Relative to betterment assessments in the town of Provincetown (House, No. 4147) [Local Approval Received];

Authorizing the town of Sudbury to regulate certain property tax exemption eligibility requirements for the elderly (House, No. 5051) [Local Approval Received];

Authorizing the town of Sudbury to establish a special fund for deposit of certain funds to be used for affordable housing (House, No. 5093) [Local Approval Received];

Relative to the repair of a certain road in the city of Leominster (House, No. 5118);

Authorizing the town of Canton to grant an easement to the town of Stoughton (House, No. 5143); and

Increasing the membership of the board of selectmen of the town of Canton from three to five members (House, No. 5161)[Local Approval Received].

Severally placed in the Orders of the Day for the next sitting for a second reading.

Emergency Measure.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to transfer certain parcels of land in the town of Medfield (see House, No. 4108, amended), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was considered, the question being on adopting the emergency preamble.

A separate vote was taken, as required by the provisions of Article XLVIII (as amended by Article LXVII) of the Amendments to the Constitution; and the preamble was adopted, by a vote of 7 to 0. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill relative to betterment assessments for sewerage facilities in the town of Millbury (see House, No. 1507) (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.

Order.

On motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton,—

Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.

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