JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, August 2, 2001.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Fagan of Taunton 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, at this moment of prayer we open our hearts to Your love and our intellects to Your inspirations. In Your goodness, assist us in our efforts to be responsive to You and Your directions for achieving successful and meaningful life. Teach us to use wisely the talents and gifts which You bestow upon us, so that You, the people and the Commonwealth will be well-served. Grant us the wisdom to recognize sound new ideas and insights, to be good listeners to the suggestions of others, and to work with others in promoting the common good and a stable society. With Your guidance, we are able to plan for the future with confidence and hope.

Bestow Your blessings on the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

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

Special Report.

A report of the Special Commission (under the provisions of Section 338 of Chapter 127 of the Acts of 1999 and most recently revived and continued by Chapter 1 of the Resolves of 2001) on the practice of nursing and the delivery of health care services by nurses, was placed on file.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed with the Clerk by Mr. Mariano of Quincy) congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arthur George on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules.

Mr. DiMasi of Boston, for the committee on Rules, then reported that the resolutions ought to be adopted. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mrs. Paulsen of Belmont, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Papers from the Senate.

The House Bill providing for improvements to the horse and greyhound racing industry in the Commonwealth and the regulation thereof (House, No. 4261) came from the Senate with the endorsement that said branch had insisted on its amendments (striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 2074) (in which the House had non-concurred).

The bill bore the further endorsement that the Senate had concurred with the House in the appointment of a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches; and that Senators Montigny, Morrissey and Hedlund had been joined as the committee on the part of the Senate.

Bills

Relative to civil service preference for a police officer in the city of Medford (Senate, No. 1816) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received]; and

Authorizing the city of Marlborough to convey a certain parcel of recreation land to Louis Seymour (Senate, No. 1876) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received];

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.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill relative to clinical reports in certain actions for the appointment of guardians and conservators (House, No. 3367) be scheduled for consideration by the House.

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

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 Bill relative to the implied donor law in the Commonwealth (House, No. 1009, changed),— and recommending that the same be referred to the House committees on Rules. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.

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 commercial area revitalization districts (House, No. 4399),— 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. Cahill of Beverly, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2086) of Jo Ann Sprague, William C. Galvin and Louis L. Kafka (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Stoughton to join the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Greene of Billerica, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on House, Nos. 8, 63, 117, 119, 1342, 2112, 2116, 2469, 2843, 2847, 3044, 3485, 3488 and 3671, an 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).

By Mr. Bosley of North Adams, for the committee on Government Regulations, on House, Nos. 252, 253, 254, 255, 258, 436, 438, 439, 441, 443, 600, 604, 608, 808, 1180, 1373, 1374, 1376, 1577, 1581, 1582, 1583, 1587, 1755, 1939, 2161, 2307, 2517, 2521, 2898, 2899, 2902, 3089, 3283, 3531, 3533, 3707, 3709, 3712, 3713, 3714, 3866 and 3924, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Government Regulations to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning the Lottery Commission, cable television systems, public utility regulations and other related matters (House, No. 4440).

By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on Senate, Nos. 1059, 1073, 1075, 1080 and 1093 and House, Nos. 648, 649, 653, 1066, 1628, 2204, 2389, 2391, 2764, 2765, 2947, 2948, 2949, 2952, 3578, 3771 and 3774, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture to make an investigation and study of certain Senate and House documents concerning the regulation of Metropolitan District Commission lands, pesticides, coastal and waterway protection, septic systems and other related matters (House, No. 4441).

Severally 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, in each instance, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the orders; 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. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on a petition, a Bill relative to insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the bones or joints of face, neck or head (House, No. 1215).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill providing health insurance coverage for continuous pressure air pumps (House, No. 2352).

Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Counties on the part of the House.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on House, Nos. 8 and 26, a Bill increasing penalties for unfair and deceptive acts and practices in the business of insurance (House, No. 26).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 790 and House, No. 832, a Bill providing health insurance coverage for scalp hair prosthesis (House, No. 832).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relating to the Insurers Insolvency Fund (House, No. 1784).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to providing certain benefits for cancer patients (House, No. 2720).

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

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on a petition, a Bill relative to advertising or sale of insurance on the Internet (House, No. 3121). Read; and referred, under Rule 33B, to the committee on Science and Technology.

By Mr. Cahill of Beverly, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, that the recommitted Bill relative to condominium by-laws (printed as Senate, No. 641) ought to pass. Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

By Mr. Cahill of Beverly, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, on a petition, a Bill expanding the powers of the licensing authority of the town of Brookline (House, No. 460) [Local Approval Received].

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 1397 and 3733, a Bill further regulating annual meetings of condominiums (House, No. 1397).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to the metropolitan park system (House, No. 3321).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to lodging houses (House, No. 3933).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to define a hotel or other building for temporary residence (House, No. 3935).

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, for the committee on Taxation, on House, No. 378, a Bill relative to the taxation of certain personal property (House, No. 4442).

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, on a petition, a Bill relative to the stabilization fund of the Commonwealth (House, No. 4434).

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

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Lawrence as the Representative Lawrence Smith bridge (see House, No. 2100) (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 establishing the position of town manager in the town of Weston (House, No. 4016), 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. Finneran of Boston,—

Ordered, That, due to renovations in the House Chamber set apart for meetings of the House of Representatives in the State House Extension, when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Monday next (August 6, 2001) in Room A-1 of said Extension at the hour of eleven o’clock A.M.

At eleven minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mrs. Paulsen of Belmont (Mr. Fagan of Taunton being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.