JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Wednesday, July 11, 2001.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M.

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

God, Our Creator, as we begin this formal legislative session, we pray that You will keep us strong in our commitment to serve You and the people who depend upon us for our reasoned and balanced judgements. Grant us the wisdom, good sense and self -confidence to avoid making decisions which are merely expedient or crowd-pleasers. Teach us to make choices which are ethical, honorable and just. In our diverse society with a variety of diverse suggestions for new legislation and programs, assist us in our efforts to do what is best suited for the people and the times. Help us to be always upright and honorable in dealing with others and sympathetic to the many members of our communities who need help in coping with their physical challenges.

Grant Your blessings to 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.

Messages from the Acting Governor.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to opening parole hearings to the public (House, No. 4323) was filed in the office of the Clerk on Tuesday, July 10.

The message was read; and it was referred, under Rule 30, with the accompanying draft of a bill, to the committee on Public Safety. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to permitting the town of Westport to make application for correction of a determination of value (House, No. 4324) was filed in the office of the Clerk on Monday, July 9.

The message was read; and it was referred, under Rule 30, with the accompanying draft of a bill, to the committee on Taxation. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Statement Concerning Representative Owens-Hicks of Boston.

A statement of Mr. DiMasi of Boston concerning Representative Owens-Hicks of Boston 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 one of our colleagues, Representative Owens-Hicks of Boston, will not be present in the House Chamber for today’s sitting due to a pressing family engagement outside of the Commonwealth. Any roll calls that she may miss today will be due entirely to the reason stated.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Cabral of New Bedford) honoring Tyler Moran for her advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kafka of Sharon) congratulating Barry Clayman for his dedicated service to Rotary International as District 7950 Governor, 2000-2001;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Koczera of New Bedford) honoring Reverend Robert Slesinski on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Koczera of New Bedford) honoring Reverend Sebastian Slesinski on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Kulik of Worthington) honoring Robert Henderson for his many years of service to the community of New Salem;

Resolutions (filed by Representatives Parente of Milford and Peterson of Grafton) congratulating the NIPMUC Regional Middle/High School “Warriors” varsity baseball team;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Toomey of Cambridge) congratulating Steven Holtzman on the occasion of his retirement; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Walsh of Boston) congratulating Michele Gillen on the occasion of her induction into the Thayer Academy Hall of Fame;

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. Cabral, 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. Peterson of Grafton, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4325) of George N. Peterson, Jr., and Guy W. Glodis (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the conservation commission of the town of Sutton to impose fees for the employment of outside consultants; and

By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4326) of Joseph C. Sullivan and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Braintree be authorized to establish a department of public works.

Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Buoniconti of West Springfield, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen J. Buoniconti relative to the use of crossbows for hunting by certain disabled persons.

By Ms. Candaras of Wilbraham, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Gale D. Candaras relative to designating demolition a separate trade for filed sub-bids.

By Ms. Flavin of Easthampton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Nancy Flavin, Michael R. Knapik and Stanley C. Rosenberg relative to designating a certain bridge in the town of Easthampton as the Pearl Harbor Veterans Memorial Bridge.

By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of William Francis Galvin and Robert M. Koczera relative to the use of coal ash as solid waste.

By Mrs. Simmons of Leominster, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mary Jane Simmons and others relative to designating the “Lyddie”, by Catherine Patterson, as the official book of the Commonwealth.

By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mary Jane Simmons and others relative to designating the fife and drum as the official instruments of the Commonwealth.

By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mary Jane Simmons and others relative to designating the box turtle as the official turtle of the Commonwealth.

By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Joseph C. Sullivan and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Braintree be authorized to establish a community preservation account.

Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Papers from the Senate.

The House Bill authorizing the financing and development of a new land records management facility for the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds (House, No. 2477) came from the Senate passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 1917.

Under suspension of Rule 35, on motion of Mr. O’Brien of Kingston, 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 Bill providing for recall election for the Athol-Royalston regional school district (Senate, No. 1854) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received], passed to be engrossed by the Senate, was read; and it was referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to the effect of privatization on the delivery of human services (House, No. 2917);

Of the Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to DMR services (House, No. 3333); and

Of the Bill relative to the special commission on regulatory and licensure requirements in the contracting of state-funded human services and social services contracts (House, No. 3336);

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the House committee on Rules.

Under Rule 42, the reports severally were considered forthwith; and they were accepted.

By Mr. Greene of Billerica, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on a petition, a Resolve providing for the creation of a special commission relative to the impact on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (House, No. 2119).

By Ms. Stanley of West Newbury, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Resolve extending the time within which the special commission to investigate and report on matters affecting the practice of nursing and the delivery of health care services by nurses (House, No. 4119, changed in line 4 by striking out the words “the last Wednesday in April, two thousand one” and inserting in place thereof the following: “July 31, 2001”).

By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, for the committee on Transportation, on a petition, a Resolve creating a special commission to investigate and study the continued viability of a certain commuter rail station on the Lowell Commuter Rail Line of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (House, No. 1709, changed in section 1, in line 13, by inserting after the word “appointed” the words “by the mayor of the city”).

Severally read; and referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, for the committee on Transportation, on a petition, a Bill further clarifying RTA capital assistance (House, No. 2632).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill establishing the Massachusetts transportation infrastructure revolving fund (House, No. 2634).

Severally read; and referred, under Rule 32A, to the committee on Long-Term Debt and Capital Expenditures.

By Mr. Greene of Billerica, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on a petition, a Bill establishing the Acton economic development and industrial corporation (House, No. 4011)[Local Approval Received].

By Ms. Stanley of West Newbury, for the committee on Health Care, on House, No. 4132, a Bill relative to Hale Hospital in the city of Haverhill (House, No. 4327) [Local Approval Received].

By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, for the committee on Transportation, on House, Nos. 223 and 225, a Bill authorizing establishment of the real estate review board (House, No. 225).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill prohibiting Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority car barns from residential areas (House, No. 568).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to establish a statewide traffic and emergency information radio station (House, No. 1529).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill establishing transit enterprise funds (House, No. 2630).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to capital financing of the regional transit authorities (House, No. 2631).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill directing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to install soundproofing devices in Braintree (House, No. 2633).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to the operation of trains within the boundaries of the Commonwealth (House, No. 2640).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to provide counseling services and medical leave for crew members of a railroad company involved in an accident resulting in loss of life or serious bodily injury (House, No. 2641).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to Route 128 interchange improvements (House, No. 3473).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 2636, a Bill relative to the Chapter 90 program (House, No. 4328).

Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, that the following bills ought to pass:

Bill relative to reprecincting (House, No. 993); and

Bill proclaiming April as Armenian-American Heritage Month (House, No. 1501);

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

By Mr. Greene of Billerica, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on House, Nos. 209 and 216, a Bill relative to gift certificates (House, No. 216).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to protect the public health by banning the public distribution of free smoking or tobacco products for commercial purposes (House, No. 235).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to credit counseling services (House, No. 579).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 35 and House, Nos. 400 and 401, a Bill relative to consumer and merchant protection (House, No. 4329).

By Mr. Donnelly of Boston, for the committee on the Judiciary, on a petition, a Bill relative to clinical reports in certain actions for the appointment of guardians and conservators (House, No. 3367).

By Mr. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Public Service, on a petition, a Bill relative to regional retirement systems (House, No. 2040).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to civil service in the city known as the town of Weymouth (House, No. 4019) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Hingham to establish a retiree healthcare liability trust fund (House, No. 4183) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 343, a Bill relative to indemnification of public retirees (House, No. 4330).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 532, a Bill further regulating public payroll deductions for charities (House, No. 4331).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 3978, a Bill creating a presumption regarding the disability retirement of a certain firefighter in the town of Clinton (House, No. 4332) [Local Approval Received].

By Mr. Sullivan of Braintree, for the committee on Transportation, on a petition, a Bill designating a certain bridge in Hyde Park as the Joseph M. Kearney Bridge (House, No. 391).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating a certain bridge in Hyde Park as the Thomas J. Geraghty Bridge (House, No. 392).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating the Beale Street Bridge spanning the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority railway corridor as the United States Marshal William Degan Memorial overpass (House, No. 763).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating the tourist information center on state highway Route 2 in the town of Lancaster as the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center (House, No. 1136).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Canton as the John E. Farrington Bridge (House, No. 1525).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to providing for increased safety at pedestrian crosswalks (House, No. 2642).

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

Emergency Measure.

The engrossed Bill authorizing and directing the Superintendent of State Office Buildings to accept and place a mural of the 94th Infantry Division in the State House (see House, No. 1125, 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 27 to 0. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Engrossed Bills.

Engrossed bills

Relative to gas or electric companies declaring stock or scrip dividend (see Senate, No. 416) (which originated in the Senate);

Authorizing the financing and development of a new land records management facility for the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds (see House, No. 2477, amended); and

Further extending the time for which certain land in Norfolk County may be used as a temporary minimum security alternative correction center (see House, No. 4251, amended);

(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.

House bills

Designating the state armory in the town of Braintree as the Sergeant Charles MacGillivary Memorial Building (House, No. 2616) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading);

Authorizing the city known as the town of Agawam to use certain parkland for school purposes (House, No. 3766); and

Authorizing the Board of Selectmen of the town of Plymouth to operate as a crematory corporation (House, No. 4004);

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.

The House Bill relative to the transfer of land in the town of Littleton (House, No. 4189) was read a second time; and it was ordered to a third reading.

Subsequently, under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Hall of Westford, the bill was read a third time; and it was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

House bills

Regarding the suspension of licenses (House, No. 9);

Relative to recreational facilities (House, No. 313, changed);

Establishing an open space fund in the town of Wareham (House, No. 1707);

Establishing the position of town manager in the town of Weston (House, No. 4016); and

Regulating eligibility to hold the office of selectman in the town of Westborough (House, No. 4146);

Severally were read a second time; and they were ordered to a third reading.

The House report of the committee on Taxation, ought NOT to pass, on so much of the recommendations of the Department of Revenue (House, No. 189) as relates to clarifying the confidentiality of tax returns (accompanied by bill, House, No. 191) was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

House reports

Of the committee on Banks and Banking, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 572) of Bruce J. Ayers that banks be required to issue monthly statements to mortgage loan customers;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1146) of Vincent P. Ciampa and other members of the General Court relative to fees charged to depositors of insufficient funds checks;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1148) of John P. Slattery relative to mortgages on manufactured homes; and

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3478) of Paul E. Caron relative to prohibiting the imposition of fees for insufficient funds checks by certain depository banks;

Of the committee on Insurance, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1413) of Raeburn Cameron for legislation to repeal the law providing for establishment of motor vehicle insurance rates by the Commonwealth;

Of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 603) of Edward G. Connolly, Scott P. Brown, Brian Knuuttila and another relative to notifications by building inspectors to owners of buildings deemed to be unsafe;

Of the committee on Public Service, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 341) of the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts, J. Michael Ruane and other members of the General Court relative to the election of options for benefits of surviving spouses or other beneficiaries of veterans; and

Of the committee on Taxation, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 370) of John P. Fresolo and another for legislation to eliminate the requirement that responses to property tax valuation requests be made by certified mail;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 738) of Bruce J. Ayers that certain gas tax revenues be credited to the Harbors and Inland Waters Maintenance Fund;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 748) of Bruce J. Ayers for legislation to establish a county substance abuse services fund from a portion of the Deed’s Excise Fund within each county;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 749) of Marvin W. Kushner relative to the filing of estate tax returns by executors;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1317) of Peter Glass relative to the deferral of property taxes;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1326) of David H. Tuttle for legislation to provide a credit against income taxes imposed on the value of real estate donated to cities and towns for community purposes;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1327) of David H. Tuttle relative to the sales tax exemption for certain vehicles used in inter-state commerce;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1694) of Geoffrey D. Hall that the Commissioner of Revenue be required to report certain tax information to cities and towns;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1695) of Geoffrey D. Hall, Steven C. Panagiotakos and another relative to the classification of real property;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1886) of Kevin W. Fitzgerald, Ronald Mariano, Paul Kujawski and Guy W. Glodis for legislation to clarify the exemption from local property taxation of certain equipment owned by domestic corporations;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1887) of Kevin W. Fitzgerald, Ronald Mariano, Paul Kujawski and Guy W. Glodis relative to the tax valuation of certain land contaminated by oil and hazardous materials in cities and towns;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2087) of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Peter J. Larkin, other members of the General Court and another for legislation to update the tax code;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2274) of Vincent A. Pedone relative to posting the names of certain delinquent taxpayers on the Internet;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2460) of Walter J. Ziobro, Jr., for legislation to repeal the tax on the storage, use or other consumption of certain tangible personal property;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2624) of Maryanne Lewis, Louis L. Kafka, William C. Galvin, James E. Vallee, Ronald Mariano and Lida E. Harkins for legislation to establish open space, park and recreation funds in the cities and towns of Norfolk County;

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2817) of Jose L. Santiago and other members of the General Court relative to real estate tax liens; and

Of the same committee, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3896) of Cheryl A. Rivera that persons delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes be prohibited from purchasing additional property;

Severally were accepted.

The House Bill further regulating the use of non-public personal information by insurance companies (House, No. 2356) was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, further consideration thereof was postponed, on motion of Mr. Marini of Hanson, until Monday, July 16.

At twenty-eight minutes before twelve o’clock noon, on motion of Mrs. Canavan of Brockton, the House recessed until a quarter after two o’clock P.M.; and at twenty-nine minutes before three o’clock the House was called to order with Mr. DiMasi of Boston in the Chair.

The House Bill relative to dress codes in public schools (House, No. 2670), reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, was read a third time.

Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield moved that it be amended in line 10 by inserting after the word “district” the following: “, and (c) only if said standards or code of personal dress and appearance are defined and included in the official student handbook, or are distributed to each student and his parent or guardian at the start of each school year, or upon enrollment, whichever occurs first”; and the amendment was adopted.

Mr. Marini of Hanson and other members then moved that the bill be amended by substitution of the Bill to promote safer learning environments in public schools (printed in House, No. 4060), which was read.

After debate Mr. Kaufman of Lexington moved that the proposed substitute bill be amended in line 5 by striking out the word “shall” and inserting in place thereof the word “may”. After remarks the further amendment was rejected.

On the question on adoption of the amendment, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays, at the request of Mr. Marini of Hanson; and on the roll call 19 members voted in the affirmative and 127 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 93 in Supplement.]

Therefore the amendment was rejected.

Mr. Marini of Hanson and other members of the House then moved that the bill be amended by adding at the end thereof the following section:

“SECTION 2. Section 86 of chapter 71 is amended by striking out the text in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:— The provision of sections 83 to 85 shall apply only to municipal, vocational and regional school districts that accept the same by a majority vote of the school committee, or in the case of a charter school, by the board of trustees.”.

The amendment was adopted.

Messrs. Kaufman of Lexington and Petersen of Marblehead then moved that the bill be amended in lines 8, 9 and 10, by striking out the words “committee of each city, town, or regional school district after consultation with the school council of each city, town or regional school district” (as changed by the Committee on the Bills in Third Reading) and inserting in place thereof the following: “councils, established under section 59C, and boards of trustees of charter schools”.

After debate on the question on adoption of the amendment, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays, at the request of Mr. Kaufman; and on the roll call 13 members voted in the affirmative and 132 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 94 in Supplement.]

Therefore the amendment was rejected.

After remarks on the question on passing the bill, as amended, to be engrossed, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays, at the request of Mr. Atsalis of Barnstable; and on the roll call 110 members voted in the affirmative and 35 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 95 in Supplement.]

Therefore the bill, as amended, was passed to be engrossed. Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield moved that this vote be reconsidered; and the motion to reconsider was negatived.

The bill (House, No. 2670, amended) then was sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Engrossed Bill — Land Taking.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the city of Lowell to convey a certain parcel of public water supply land (see House, No. 4054) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was put upon its final passage.

On the question on passing the bill to be enacted, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays (this being a bill providing for the taking of land or other easements used for conservation purposes, etc., as defined by Article XCVII of the Amendments to the Constitution); and on the roll call 143 members voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative.

[See Yea and Nay No. 96 in Supplement.]

Therefore the bill was passed to be enacted; and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Order.

On motion of Mrs. Harkins of Needham,—

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-five minutes before five o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield (Mr. DiMasi of Boston being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.