JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, October 20, 2003.
 
 
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Wagner of Chicopee 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:

All Powerful God, we depend upon Your daily assistance and guidance in addressing our often complex and difficult personal and legislative responsibilities. In Your kindness, help us to make right, reasonable and ethical decisions and to select the best, sometimes limited available, realistic options. In our efforts to serve You and constituents, teach us to set goals and priorities which are based on solid principles and to deepen our commitment to human and solid values. In our open and unique diverse society, may we always respect the dignity, rights and religious beliefs of others but remain faithful to our religious faith and practices.
Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

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

Messages from the Governor.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating the special town election held in the town of Goshen (House, No. 4244) was filed in the office of the Clerk on Thursday, October 16.
The message was read; and it was referred, under Rule 30, with the accompanying draft of a bill, to the committee on Election Laws. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to promoting job creation, workforce training and economic development in the Commonwealth (House, No. 4245) was filed in the office of the Clerk on Thursday, October 2.
The message was read; and it was referred, under Rule 30, with the accompanying draft of a bill, to the committee on Taxation. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions.

Mr. Goguen of Fitchburg presented a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4242) of Emile J. Goguen and Robert A. Antonioni (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the housing authority of the city of Fitchburg be authorized to convey a certain parcel of land to Habitat North Central Massachusetts; and the same was referred to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Petitions severally were presented and referred as follows:
By Mr. Bosley of North Adams, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Daniel E. Bosley (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be authorized to convey certain parcels of land in the city of North Adams to said city.
By Mr. Buoniconti of West Springfield, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mary S. Rogeness, Reed V. Hillman, Michael F. Kane, Susan W. Pope, Stephen J. Buoniconti and Matthew C. Patrick that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to revoke licenses of persons deemed incompetent or unqualified to operate a motor vehicle.
By Mr. Evangelidis of Holden, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Lewis G. Evangelidis for legislation to designate a portion of interstate highway Route 90 in the city of Boston and the Taxpayer Tunnel.
By Ms. Spilka of Ashland, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Karen Spilka relative to creditable service for retirement purposes for certain public employees.
Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Papers from the Senate.

A Bill relative to certain funds of the town of Charlton (Senate, No. 2059) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received], passed to be engrossed by the Senate, was read; and it was referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

A report of the committee on Health Care, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 671) of Charles E. Shannon, Emile J. Goguen, Martin J. Walsh, Paul J. Donato and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the definition of podiatry, and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means,— accepted by the Senate, was considered forthwith, under Rule 42; and it was accepted, in concurrence, insomuch as relates to the discharge of the committee.

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 Rules 12 and 9 be suspended on the petition of Robert S. Hargraves and Steven C. Panagiotakos (by vote of the towns) for legislation to establish the boundary line between the town of Groton and the town of Pepperell. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Marzilli of Arlington, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rules 12 and 9 were suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Ms. St. Fleur of Boston, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1851) of Thomas M. Menino, Angelo M. Scaccia and other members of the General Court relative to the safety of students in the public schools, — and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Criminal Justice. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.  

By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, on House, Nos. 403, 806, 2123, 2125, 2280 and 2281, an Order relative to authorizing the committee on Public Safety to make an investigation and study of current House documents concerning police officers, public officials and motor vehicle regulations (House, No. 4239). [Representative Hill of Ipswich dissenting.] 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 asking to be discharged from further consideration of said order; 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. Honan of Boston, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, on House, Nos. 911, 1507 and 3331, a Bill promoting regional housing cooperation (House, No. 4241).
By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on a petition, a Bill relative to the Mystic Valley Development Commission (House, No. 4191).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government on the part of the House.

By Mr. Honan of Boston, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, on Senate, Nos. 701, 704, 705, 706, 712, 719, 722, 726, 739, 741 and 1152 and House, Nos. 357, 558, 794, 798, 907, 908, 909, 910, 1095, 1096, 1097, 1098, 1099, 1100, 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1293, 1493, 1494, 1495, 1496, 1497, 1498, 1499, 1500, 1501, 1502, 1503, 1504, 1505, 1506, 1669, 2060, 2243, 2244, 2424, 2439, 2440, 2606, 2607, 2812, 3159, 3160, 3161, 3162, 3163, 3164, 3333, 3334, 3525, 3526, 3527, 3656, 3657, 3658, 3659, 3661, 3816, 3817 and 4081, a Bill promoting affordable housing and community planning in the Commonwealth (House, No. 4240).

By Mr. Greene of Billerica, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on House, Nos. 394, 964, 1328 and 3558, a Bill regarding the elimination of certain fees for disabled veterans (House, No. 1328).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to further multi-family residential recycling in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3006).
By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, on a petition, a Bill further regulating the use of plowing equipment on motor vehicles (House, No. 1338).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Toomey of Cambridge, for the committee on Public Safety, on a petition, a Bill relative to cooking facilities in lodging houses (House, No. 815). Read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.  

Motion to Reconsider.

Mr. Rodrigues of Westport moved that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, at the preceding sitting, concurred with the Senate in its amendment (in line 3 striking out the words “Boston Golf Club”) to the House Bill authorizing the town of Hingham to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 3886); and the motion to reconsider was considered forthwith; and it prevailed.
Pending the recurring question on concurring with the Senate in its amendment, the same member moved that the House concur with the Senate in its amendment with further amendments in line 3 by striking out the words “Boston Golf Club” (stricken by amendment by the Senate) and inserting in place thereof the following: “d/b/a Boston Golf Club located at 31 Old County Road in said town of Hingham”, by adding at the end thereof the following sentence: “The licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of the license to any other location.”; and by adding at the end thereof the following section:
“SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.”.
The further amendments were adopted.
The House then concurred with the Senate in its amendment, as amended. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the further amendments.

Orders of the Day.

House bills
Relative to the geriatric authority of Holyoke (House, No. 3722);
Establishing a speed limit for a certain public way in the city of New Bedford (House, No. 3741); and
Authorizing the certification of David E. Jones to a civil service list for police officer notwithstanding the maximum age requirement (House, No. 3918);
Severally reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading 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. Finneran of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.


At twenty-three minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Driscoll of Braintree (Mr. Wagner of Chicopee being in the Chair) the House adjourned, to meet tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session