JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, August 8, 2002.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Donato of Medford in the Chair (having been appointed by the Speaker, under authority conferred by Rule 5, to perform the duties of the Chair).

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

Order.

An Order (filed by Speaker Finneran of Boston) relative to extending until Tuesday, December 31, 2002, the time within which joint standing committees and the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, may report on all matters referred to them, was referred, under Joint Rule 30, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for said committees, then reported that the order ought to be adopted. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Connolly of Everett, the order was considered forthwith; and it was adopted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5305) of John H. Rogers (by vote of the town) that the licensing authority of the town of Norwood be authorized to issue three additional licenses for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises. To the committee on Government Regulations.

By Mr. Swan of Springfield, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5306) of Benjamin Swan, Cheryl A. Rivera, Gale D. Candaras, Stephen J. Buoniconti, Brian P. Lees and Thomas M. Petrolati (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to exempting the position of cafeteria helper in the city of Springfield from the civil service law. To the committee on Public Service.

Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Mr. Ruane of Salem presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of J. Michael Ruane (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to authorizing the city of Salem to control rents in certain governmentally involved housing in said city; and the same was referred, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Mr. Scaccia of Boston, for the committee on Rules and the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, then reported recommending that Joint Rule 12 be suspended. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Fagan of Taunton, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Housing and Urban Development. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Atsalis of Barnstable, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Demetrius J. Atsalis and Eric Turkington for an investigation and study by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the feasibility of a conference center and civic stadium in Barnstable County.

By the same member (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ken Mouten relative the MassHealth Program eligibility requirements.

By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Garrett J. Bradley, Jr., and Robert L. Hedlund relative to the decision of applicants of low and moderate income housing.

By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bill Kelly relative to abandoned boats.

By Mr. Falzone of Saugus (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Andreucci and Carol Andreucci relative to retirement benefits for certain teachers.

By Mr. Hill of Ipswich, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bradford Hill and Bruce E. Tarr relative to validating certain proceedings of the Manchester Essex Regional School District.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul Kujawski relative to designating a certain portion of land within the Douglas State Forest as the Bill Annese Trail.

By Mr. Peterson of Grafton, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of George N. Peterson and Guy W. Glodis relative to authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey an easement of certain land in the town of Grafton.

By Mrs. Teahan of Whitman, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Kathleen M. Teahan and other members of the General Court relative to the registration of naturopathic doctors with the Division of Professional Licensure.

By Mr. Tirone of Amesbury (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James N. Thivierge relative to divorce.

By Mr. Torrisi of North Andover, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David M. Torrissi, Bruce E. Tarr, Steven A. Baddour, Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and Bradford Hill relative to a change in the boundary line between the towns of Boxford and North Andover.

By Mr. Walsh of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Martin J. Walsh for legislation to authorize the Trial Court Department to establish a sick leave bank for Richard F. Ryan III, an employee of said court.

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

Papers from the Senate.

A petition of Michael W. Morrissey, Bruce J. Ayers, A. Stephen Tobin and Ronald Mariano (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation relative to governmentally involved housing in the city of Quincy, came from the Senate referred, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

The House then concurred with the Senate in the suspension of said rule; and the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2463) was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

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 following petitions:

Petition (accompanied by bill) of Salvatore F. DiMasi and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to authorizing the city of Boston to control rents in certain governmentally or former governmentally involved housing in said city; and

Petition (accompanied by bill) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr., David M. Nangle, Kevin J. Murphy and Steven C. Panagiotakos (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to authorizing the city of Lowell to control rents in certain governmentally involved housing in said city.

Severally to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Fagan of Taunton, the reports were considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 then was suspended, in each instance. Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the Senate Bill relative to voting precincts in the city of Revere (Senate, No. 2400) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.

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

By Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land to the Taunton Development Corporation (Senate, No. 1591, changed) ought to pass. 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.

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

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the city of Lowell to place municipal charge liens on certain properties in the city of Lowell for nonpayment of any local charges, fee or fine (see House, No. 4022) (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 acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Reconsideration.

Mr. Connolly of Everett asked to move reconsideration of the vote by which the House, at the preceding sitting, passed to be enacted the engrossed Bill authorizing an alternative method of construction for the Blue Hills and Spot Pond area covered water storage tanks (see House, No. 4816, amended); and the motion to reconsider was entertained, and it prevailed.

Pending the recurring question on passing the bill to be enacted, further consideration thereof was postponed, on further motion of the same member, until Monday, August 26, 2002.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill relative to the Brockton 21st Century Corporation (printed in Senate, No. 4), 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.

House bills

Providing for the leasing and construction of improvements to the Coolidge School in the town of Watertown (House, No. 4424) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading);

Relative to jet skis, surf jets, wet bikes, and other watercrafts in municipalities (House, No. 5019, amended) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading); and

Relative to the payment of certain health insurance premiums by the town of Winthrop (House, No. 5211) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading);

Severally reported by said committee to be correctly drawn, were read a third time; and they were passed to be engrossed. Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Order.

On motion of Mr. Loscocco of Holliston,—

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

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