JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, August 27, 2001.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., 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:

God, Our Creator, we believe in You and in Your reality, we place our trust and confidence in You, and we depend upon You and Your assistance in our daily struggle to live up to Your expectations, Your ways and precepts. In Your goodness, enlighten our minds with Your intellectual gifts to see our responsibilities clearly, to carry them out faithfully and to interpret them accurately. Grant us the wisdom to promote peace and harmony in our districts, to defend the rights and dignity of all, to recognize the sanctity of the home and family and to respond to the needs of people who cannot care for themselves.

Bestow Your blessings on 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.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed with the Clerk by Mr. Linsky of Natick) honoring Mel Willens for fifteen years of dedicated service to the town of Natick, were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules.

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

Guests of the House.

During the session, the Chair (Mr. O’Flaherty of Chelsea) declared a brief recess; and introduced Representative Richard T. Grucela, a member of the House of Representatives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representative Grucela was accompanied by his wife, Gina, and their daughter, Salomea. They were the guests of the Chair, and the entire membership of the House.

Paper from the Senate.

A petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2106) of Bruce E. Tarr, Theodore C. Speliotis and Bradford Hill (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Topsfield to convey a certain parcel of conservation land to the town of Boxford, was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Reports of Committees.

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 Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to local boards of health (House, No. 3290),— and recommending that the same be referred to the House committee on Rules. 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, on House, Nos. 4428 and 4429, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning the school building assistance program (House, No. 4496).

By Mr. Wagner of Chicopee, for the committee on Election Laws, on Senate, No. 357 and House, Nos. 797, 801, 1366, 1571, 1741, 2502, 2691, 2879, 2884, 3084, 3278, 3280, 3281, 3282, 3702 and 3703, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of certain Senate and House documents concerning voting methods, voter identification, monitoring of elections and other related matters (House, No. 4497).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 598, 992, 1162, 1740, 2881, 2882 and 3862, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning ballot initiatives (House, No. 4498).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 2688, 3279 and 4062, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning qualifying political contributions (House, No. 4499) [Representatives Provost of Sandwich and Bradley of Hingham dissenting].

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 2878, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of a certain House document concerning the election of the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor (House, No. 4500).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, Nos. 3082 and 3083, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of certain House documents concerning polling locations and voter eligibility (House, No. 4501).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 3085, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of a certain House document concerning nomination papers (House, No. 4502).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 4033, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of a certain House document concerning non-citizen voting in the city of Cambridge (House, No. 4503).

By the same member, for the same committee, on House, No. 4175, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Election Laws to make an investigation and study of a certain House document concerning the establishment of voting precincts (House, No. 4504).

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 said 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. Order.

On motion of Mr. Hynes of Marshfield,—

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

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