JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, October 23, 2003.
 
 
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).

Prayer was offered by the Reverend Robert F. Quinn, C.S.P., Chaplain of the House, as follows:
All powerful God, the Ultimate Source of Wisdom and Truth, we believe in You, Your reality and daily personal total concern for us. We also believe that You have created us in Your likeness, endowed us with an intellect and free will, a temporal life and eternal destiny. Help us to achieve the purpose for which we have been created, and follow Your ways and guidelines for a successful, happy and meaningful life. In Your goodness inspire us to remain faithful to our own high ideals, lofty goals, human and spiritual values. Guide our efforts to stabilize and strengthen our communities and basic institutions now and to plan carefully for the future of our children and their happiness.
Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

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.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Bradley of Hingham) congratulating Dr. Joseph R. Godzik on the occasion of his retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Connolly of Everett) congratulating Carmin Mercadante on receiving the Everett Chamber of Commerce 2003 Man of the Year Award; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Walsh of Boston) commending Robert J. “Bob” Cousy for many decades of contributions to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Mr. Miceli of Wilmington, 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. Rodrigues of Westport, 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 Mr. Casey of Winchester, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul C. Casey relative to the exemption of rental charges of certain public events in the State House.
By Mr. Hillman of Sturbridge, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Reed V. Hillman relative to the penalty for assault and battery.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Reed V. Hillman relative to student drug testing.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Reed V. Hillman relative to the resale of tickets.
By the same member, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Reed V. Hillman relative to assault and battery.
By Mr. Kafka of Sharon, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Louis L. Kafka relative to the acceptance of checks by the Department of Revenue.
By Mr. Miceli of Wilmington (by request), petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Janice A. George and another relative to the cancellation of health insurance.
By Mr. Scaccia of Boston, petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of William Francis Galvin and Angelo M. Scaccia relative to the creation, maintenance and preservation of government and municipal electronic records.
Severally, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Paper from the Senate.

The House Bill relative to the Inland Fisheries and Game Fund (House, No. 4248, amended) came from the Senate passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment inserting after section 7 (as printed) the following two sections:
“SECTION 6A. Item 2310-0200 of section 2 of chapter 26 of the acts of 2003 is hereby amended by inserting after the words ‘endangered species program’ the following words:— ; provided further, that $200,000 shall be expended to continue to operate fish hatcheries in the towns of Montague and Sandwich previously scheduled to close on January 1, 2004.
SECTION 6B. Said item 2310-0200 of said section 2 of said chapter 26 is hereby amended by striking out the figure ‘$6,782,731’ and inserting in place thereof the following figure:— $6,982,731.”.
Under suspension of Rule 35, on motion of Mr. Kulik of Worthington, the amendment (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) was considered forthwith; and it was adopted, in concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill authorizing the town of Braintree to lease certain property (House, No. 4098) be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Mr. Rodrigues of Westport, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.
Subsequently, under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton, the bill (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. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Tewksbury to establish an affordable housing trust fund (Senate, No. 1182), 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
Relative to the extension of municipal sewer and water services to Plum Island (House, No. 4070); and
Authorizing the sale of certain conservation land in the town of North Reading (printed in House, No. 4131, changed);
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.

Recess.

At eleven minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Jones of North Reading (Mr. Donato of Medford being in the Chair), the House recessed until two o’clock P.M.; and at that time the House was called to order with Mr. Donato in the Chair.

Emergency Measure.

The engrossed Bill relative to the Inland Fisheries and Game Fund (see House, No. 4248, amended), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was considered, the question being on adopting the emergency preamble.
A separate vote was taken, as required by the provisions of Article XLVIII (as amended by Article LXVII) of the Amendments to the Constitution; and the preamble was adopted, by a vote of 4 to 0. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.
Subsequently, the Senate having concurred in adoption of the emergency preamble, the bill (which originated in the House) was passed to be enacted; and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Engrossed Bills.

Engrossed bills
Designating a portion of state highway routes 1A and 133 in the towns of Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich and Essex and the cities of Newburyport and Gloucester as a scenic byway (see Senate, No. 1898) (which originated in the Senate); and
Relative to the civil service eligibility list for fire service in the town of Norwood (see House, No. 4165) (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. Finneran of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.
At one minute before three o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Peterson of Grafton (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