Friday, August 24, 2001.

Met at eight minutes after ten o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Greene of Billerica 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. Greene), the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Broadhurst of Methuen, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Arthur J. Broadhurst and James P. Jajuga relative to proof of income for eligibility for MassHealth benefits.

By Mr. Ruane of Salem, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of J. Michael Ruane and John P. Slattery relative to providing insurance coverage for prosthetic devices for certain individuals and patients.

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

Papers from the Senate.


Relative to the Amherst town government (Senate, No. 1855) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received];

Providing for recall elections in the town of Bernardston (Senate, No. 1862) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received]; and

Authorizing the city of Peabody to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (Senate, No. 2002) (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.

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill making certain appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, before final action on the Appropriation Bill for that fiscal year (see House, No. 4495, amended) (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.


On motion of Mr. Finneran of Boston,—

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

At twenty-two minutes after ten o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton (Mr. Greene of Billerica being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.