JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, August 20, 2001.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in Room A-1 of the State House Extension, in an Informal Session, with Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea 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:

Eternal God, the Ultimate Source of Wisdom, we pray that You enlighten our minds with Your inspirations and guidance and strengthen our wills with Your grace and assistance. We depend upon You and Your ever-available supernatural help to offer You and to our constituents our best conscientious efforts in responding to opportunities, challenges and the needs of these changing times. Grant us the humility and security to recognize and to accept the sound legislative proposals and suggestions of others. In building a stable and just society for the present and future generations, let our hearts and minds be filled with hope, peace and joy.

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

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

Message from the Acting Governor.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, submitting recommendations for making certain appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, before final action on the General Appropriation Bill for that fiscal year (House, No. 4480), was filed this day in the office of the Clerk.

The message was read; and it was referred, under Rule 30, with the accompanying draft of a bill, to the committee on Ways and Means.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Petersen of Marblehead) congratulating Jonathan Gay on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Poirier of North Attleborough) congratulating Ralph Hemmingsen on the occasion of his eightieth birthday;

Mrs. Harkins of Needham, 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. Connolly of Everett, 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 Ms. Atkins of Concord, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cory Atkins relative to notices to municipal boards of health prior to the storage of radioactive substances.

By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert M. Koczera, other members of the General Court and others for legislation to protect the privacy of elders.

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

Reports of Committees.

By Mrs. Parente of Milford, for the committee on Local Affairs, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4430) of Matthew C. Patrick relative to establishing the Mashpee economic development and industrial corporation,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the Bill prohibiting certain unconsented visual recording and surveillance (Senate, No. 184, changed);

Of the Bill relative to smoking in taxi cabs (House, No. 1006);

Of the Bill relative to the library records of minors (House, No. 1122);

Of the Bill relative to the Massachusetts Port Authority Board (House, No. 1302);

Of the Bill granting discretion to the Superior Court to allocate certain settlement proceeds (House, No. 1796);

Of the Bill to protect patient confidentiality (House, No. 1797);

Of the Bill relative to certain proceedings relating to corporations (House, No. 1799);

Of the Bill to remove an inconsistency between G. L. c. 246, §40 and G. L. c. 235, §16 (House, No. 1802);

Of the Bill relating to the payment of interest on pecuniary legacies and pecuniary distributions under a trust instrument (House, No. 1804);

Of the Bill to change the term “visitation” to “parenting time” (House, No. 1976);

Of the Bill relative to library disclosure (House, No. 3194); and

Of the Bill designating the Cape Playhouse as the official summer theatre of the Commonwealth (House, No. 4159);

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. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill validating the proceedings at the annual town election in the town of North Attleborough (House, No. 4287) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.

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

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill eliminating administrative responsibility for assessing from the director or supervisory board of the division of finance (House, No. 4292) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.

Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Mr. Demakis of Boston, 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 providing equity in the provision of prescription drug coverage (House, No. 1017).

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on a petition, a Bill relative to insurance coverage for blood-glucose monitoring strips for home use (House, No. 1207).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 737 and House, Nos. 1414, 1969 and 2723, a Bill providing medical coverage for the prostatic specific antigen blood test (House, No. 1414).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill providing insurance coverage for the treatment of port wine stains (House, No. 2192).

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, for the committee on Taxation, on a petition, a Bill relative to the Nantucket Island Land Bank (House, No. 3659).

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

By Mr. Cabral of New Bedford, for the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs, on House, Nos. 205 and 207, a Bill to provide for placement of certain children without loss of custody (House, No. 207).

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on a petition, a Bill relative to the hearing and notice requirements for reorganization and redomestication of insurance companies (House, No. 1034).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 752 and House, No. 1203, a Bill improving access to rehabilitation counseling (House, No. 1203).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill further regulating certain insurance coverages (House, No. 1588).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to improve access to nurse-midwifery services (House, No. 1778).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 2349 and 2350, a Bill to encourage compliance with insurance laws (House, No. 2350).

By the same member, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 761 and House, No. 2353, a Bill relative to fairness and equity in reconciling provider contracts (House, No. 2353).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing health care professionals to negotiate with health care insurers and providing for the powers and duties of the Attorney General (House, No. 2362).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to carriers (House, No. 4214, changed in lines 12 and 13 by striking out the words “which only provide dental care services or vision care services” and inserting in place thereof the words “to the extent it offers a policy, certificate or contract which only provides coverage for dental care services or vision care services or any dental care services or vision care services to the extent they are incorporated into a policy, certificate or contract”).

By Mr. Donnelly of Boston, for the committee on the Judiciary, on a petition, a Bill relating to the administration of trusts (House, No. 1830).

By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on a petition, a Bill making corrective changes to promote environmental cleanup and the redevelopment of contaminated property (House, No. 1251).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 2214 and 3964, a Bill implementing a voluntary green dot recycled content labeling program (House, No. 2214, changed in line 52 by striking out the word “four” and inserting in place thereof the word “one”).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 1253 and 2224, a Bill relative to used oil recycling (House, No. 2224, changed by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:

“(a) The department shall study the feasibility of recycling used oil filters. The study shall include, at a minimum, current and potential recycling of used oil filters in the commonwealth and a review of the efforts of other states and nations to recycle used oil filters. The department shall submit a report with its conclusions and suggestions to the joint committee on natural resources and agriculture within nine months of the date of enactment.”).

By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill encouraging environmental audits (House, No. 3163).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 3775, a Bill relative to areas of critical environmental concern (House, No. 4479) [Senator Pacheco dissenting].

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

Engrossed Bill.

Engrossed bills

Relative to electronic communication with shareholders (see Senate, No. 1792, changed and amended) (which originated in the Senate), and

Designating the state armory in the town of Braintree as the Sergeant Charles MacGillivary Memorial Building (see House, No. 2616) (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.

Order.

On motion of Mr. Connolly of Everett,—

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

At fourteen minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Connolly (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in the House Chamber, in an Informal Session.