JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, July 30, 2001.
 
 

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

God, Our Creator, we recognize and acknowledge our dependence upon You and consequently humbly ask for Your assistance in carrying out our legislative obligations at the beginning of this new workweek. Enlighten our minds to comprehend and strengthen our wills to accept the opportunities and the challenges to serve You and the people which this day and this week offer to us. As elected officials, guide our efforts to enhance the role and importance of our institutions in making our society stable, civil and responsive. Help us to keep the trust and the confidence of the people by our commitment to excellence in governmental administration and to fairness, integrity and thoughtfulness in legislation. May we always offer You in worship and to the people in service the best we can.

Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

At the request of the Chair (Mr. Scaccia), the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Guests of the House.

During the session, the Chair (Mr. Scaccia of Boston) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and introduced Joan and Don Robertson of Danville, Virginia, sister and brother-in-law of Representative Tirone of Amesbury. Accompanying the Robertsons were their daughter, Jamie Dillion and grandchildren Megan and Casey Dillion. They were the guests of Mr. Tirone of Amesbury.

Petitions.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Ms. Story of Amherst, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4420) of Ellen Story and Stanley C. Rosenberg (by vote of the town) for legislation to provide legal voting rights for permanent resident aliens residing in the town of Amherst. To the committee on Election Laws.

By Mr. Brown of Wrentham, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4421) of Scott P. Brown, David Paul Linsky and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Millis to borrow money outside of its debt limit for certain approved school projects;

By the same member, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4422) of Scott P. Brown, David Paul Linsky and Cheryl Jacques (by vote of the town) that the town of Millis be authorized to appropriate a certain sum of money for the payment of an unpaid bill to GBF Information Systems; and

By the same member, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4423) of Scott P. Brown and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) relative to the issuance of bonds by the town of Norfolk for the construction of a municipal golf course; and

By Ms. Kaprielian of Watertown, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4424) of Rachel Kaprielian and Steven A. Tolman (by vote of the town council) relative to providing for the leasing and construction of improvements to the Coolidge School in the city known as the town of Watertown;

Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Fallon of Malden, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Christopher G. Fallon relative to requiring the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to periodically test and replace rails and rail beds.

By Mr. Timilty of Milton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul F. Vaughan relative to authorizing housing authorities to share tenant information with other housing authorities.

By Mr. Tirone of Amesbury (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James N. Thivierge relative to establishing a career pay plan for state managers.

By the same member (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James N. Thivierge relative to leaves of absence by state managers.

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

Papers from the Senate.

A Bill maintaining the value of the minimum wage (Senate, No. 2083) (on Senate bill, No. 1812, amended), passed to be engrossed by the Senate, was read; and it was referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills

Prohibiting certain unconsented visual recording and surveillance (Senate, No. 184, changed in line 6 by striking out the word “no” and inserting in place thereof the word “the”) (on a petition); and

Facilitating the use of land transfer of development rights (Senate, No. 1011) (on a petition);

Severally passed to be engrossed by the Senate, were read; and they were referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

A report of the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2001) of Stephen M. Brewer, Reed V. Hillman, James P. Jajuga, Stephen F. Lynch and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to criminal offender record information for substitute teachers, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Criminal Justice,— accepted by the Senate, was considered forthwith, under Rule 42; and it was accepted, in concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules, on the Order relative to authorizing the committee on Local Affairs to make an investigation and study of certain Senate and House documents concerning the towns of Dalton, Lancaster and North Attleborough (House, No. 4257) reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1845) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., and Shaun P. Kelly (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the board of selectmen in the town of Dalton,— 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. Larkin of Pittsfield, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2297) of Carol A. Donovan, other members of the General Court and another relative to criminal offender record information of taxicab employees transporting pupils,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Criminal Justice. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Bill authorizing the town of Truro to convey certain conservation land (House, No. 4076) [Local Approval Received] ought to pass with an amendment substituting therefor a Bill authorizing the town of Truro to convey certain conservation land (House, No. 4416).

Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Jones of North Reading, the bill was read a second time forthwith.

The amendment recommended by the committee was adopted; and the substituted bill (House, No. 4416) was ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill authorizing the town of Hanover to issue an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4233) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.

Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Mr. Nyman of Hanover, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.

By Ms. Stanley of West Newbury, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Bill relative to the implied donor law in the Commonwealth (House, No. 1009, changed in line 14 by striking out the date “January 1, 2001” and inserting in place thereof the date “January 1, 2003”). Read; and referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Broadhurst of Methuen, for the committee on Science and Technology, that the Bill establishing standards for stage II vapor recovery systems (House, No. 4379) ought to pass. Referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, on House, No. 417, a Bill establishing the Clara Barton nursing excellence programs (House, No. 4414).

By Ms. Stanley of West Newbury, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Bill relative to the availability of services for early detection and prevention of breast cancer for low income women (House, No. 817, changed in line 26, by striking out the year “1999” and inserting in place thereof the year “2003”).

By Mrs. Teahan of Whitman, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill establishing a division of oral health in the Department of Public Health (House, No. 1013).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 522 and House, Nos. 1016, 2311 and 3099, a Bill to streamline the physician credentialing process (House, No. 1016).

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

By Ms. Stanley of West Newbury, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Bill relative to a patient’s report card of nursing (House, No. 811). Read; and referred, under Rule 33B, to the committee on Science and Technology.

By Mrs. Simmons of Leominster, for the committee on Counties on the part of the House, that the following bills ought to pass:

Regarding county agricultural schools (House, No. 1166); and

Relative to dog license fees for senior citizens (House, No. 3054, changed);

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

By Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, on House, Nos. 1350, 1928, 2869 and 3506, a Bill relative to CPR certification for teachers and coaches (House, No. 4415).

By Ms. Stanley of West Newbury, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Bill relative to the signing of death certificates (House, No. 1005).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 594 and House, No. 1006, a Bill relative to smoking in taxi cabs (House, No. 1006).

By Mrs. Parente of Milford, for the committee on Local Affairs, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of North Andover to settle certain lawsuits (House, No. 4272) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill providing for the filling of vacancies in the city known as the town of Agawam (House, No. 4273) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill providing for an executive director of city services in the city of Everett (House, No. 4289) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to authorize the town of Needham to amend its zoning by-law to provide for a traffic mitigation fund (House, No. 4290) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill eliminating administrative responsibility for assessing from the director or supervisory board of the division of finance (House, No. 4292) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the city of Newton to seek the imposition of civil fines for violations of the zoning act (House, No. 4293) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Uxbridge to establish a capital improvement fund (House, No. 4294) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to certain conservation land in the town of Sherborn (House, No. 4295) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the exchange of land between the town of Duxbury and Serge H. Roy and Caroline Patacchiola-Roy (House, No. 4297) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to the position of appointed treasurer-collector in the town of Kingston (House, No. 4298) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Mashpee to convey certain conservation land (House, No. 4299).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Mashpee to lease or grant an easement in certain land (House, No. 4300) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the city of Peabody to use certain park land for school purposes (House, No. 4301) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill amending Chapter 66 of the Acts of 1998 that established a liability insurance fund in the town of Brookline (House, No. 4302) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill concerning parking violations in the town of Brookline (House, No. 4304) [Local Approval Received].

By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on a petition, a Bill establishing Arthritis Awareness Day (House, No. 4391).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 4309, a Bill authorizing the town of Harwich to lease certain land (House, No. 4425)[Local Approval Received].

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

By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on House, No. 4311, a Bill authorizing the town of Grafton to convey a certain parcel of conservation land (House, No. 4426)[Local Approval received]. Read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matter be scheduled for consideration by the House; and, under said rule, it was 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:

House bills

Designating a certain bridge in the town of Canton as the John E. Farrington Bridge (House, No. 1525); and

Creating a presumption regarding the disability retirement of a certain firefighter in the town of Clinton (House, No. 4332);

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

Engrossed Bills.

The engrossed Bill validating the results of the 2001 annual town election held in the town of Dennis (see printed in House, No. 4229) (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 (more than two-thirds of the members having agreed to pass the same); and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Engrossed bills

To ensure eligibility for unemployment insurance for victims of domestic violence (see Senate, No. 1984) (which originated in the Senate); and

Authorizing the city of New Bedford to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4053) (which 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.

Engrossed Resolve.

The engrossed 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 (see House, No. 4119, changed) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed; and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill authorizing the Department of Environmental Management to acquire conservation restrictions in lands of the town of Hatfield and the Hatfield Water Commission (Senate, No. 1985, amended), 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. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the amendment previously adopted by the House.

The House Resolve in favor of Burton W. Gerrig (House, No. 1139) (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.

Order.

On motion of Mr. Ruane of Salem,—

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

At twenty-one minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tirone of Amesbury (Mr. Scaccia of Boston being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.