JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Wednesday, November 6, 2003.
 
 
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., with Mrs. Walrath of Stow 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:

Gracious God, whose gifts of hope and love we cherish, we pause for a moment of prayer to ask for Your guidance and direction as we take up the items on today’s legislative calendar. To comprehend, address and articulate the often complex public policy and related issues, we depend upon You and Your assistance. We believe that Your ways and not always our ways and often Your ways are difficult for us to understand and accept. As we try to legislate fairly and intelligently in our diverse society with a diversity of cultures, we seek Your approval for our conscientious legislative and moral choices. May we be aware at all times of the needs of all people in our desire to build a just, responsible and responsive society.
Grant Your blessings to the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

At the request of the Chair (Mrs. Walrath), the members, guests and employees joined with her in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Silent Prayer.

At the request of Mr. Murphy of Burlington, the members, guests and employees stood in a moment of silent prayer in memory of U.S. Army Private First Class John Daniel Hart, a 2002 graduate of Bedford High School and a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade who was killed in action while serving his country in Iraq on October 18, 2003, a month after his 20th birthday.

Statement Concerning Representative Fox of Boston.

A statement of Mr. Petrolati of Ludlow concerning Ms. Fox of Boston was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:
MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that one of our colleagues, Representative Fox of Boston, will not be present in the House Chamber for today’s sitting because she is attending the National Hispanic Legislative Caucus and National Black Legislative Caucus forum on health disparities, in Phoenix, Arizona. Any roll calls that she may miss today is due entirely to the reason stated.

Statement Concerning Representative Ruane of Salem.

A statement of Mr. Rogers of Norwood concerning Mr. Ruane of Salem was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:
MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that one of our colleagues, Representative Ruane of Salem, was not present in the House Chamber for today’s sitting due to illness. Had he been present for the taking of yea and nay numbers 435 and 437 to 440, inclusive, he would have voted, in each instance, in the affirmative. Any roll calls that he missed today is due entirely to the reason stated.

Statement of Representative Spiliotis of Peabody.

A statement of Ms. Spiliotis of Peabody was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:
MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that I was unable to be present in the House Chamber for a portion of today’s sitting due to official business in another part of the State House. Any roll calls that I may have missed today is due entirely to the reason stated.  

Statement Concerning Representative Story of Amherst.

A statement of Mr. Petrolati of Ludlow concerning Ms. Story of Amherst was spread upon the records of the House, as follows:
MR. SPEAKER: I would like to call to the attention of the House the fact that one of our colleagues, Representative Story of Amherst, will not be present in the House Chamber for today’s sitting because she is outside of the Commonwealth attending to personal family matters. Any roll calls that she may miss today is due entirely to the reason stated.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (filed with the Clerk) were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules:
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Canavan of Brockton) honoring the community service efforts of YouthBuild members and Fleet staff;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Haddad of Somerset) congratulating Lee Fontaine on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Reinstein of Revere and Falzone of Saugus) congratulating Ryan LeBlanc on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Representatives Reinstein of Revere and Falzone of Saugus) congratulating Tim Reece on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Straus of Mattapoisett, O’Brien of Kingston and deMacedo of Plymouth) congratulating Leighton (Lee) F. Peck, Jr., on the occasion of his retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Verga of Gloucester) memorializing the Congress of the United States to take actions to assist the Groundfish Industry; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Walsh of Lynn) commending Deborah Smith Walsh for her many years of service to the community of Lynn;
Mr. Scaccia of Boston, 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. Kocot of Northampton, 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. Tobin of Quincy) declared a brief recess and introduced United States Marine Corps Sergeant Jeremy G. Johnson, who recently returned from service in Iraq after receiving a combat meritorious promotion to his current rank. Sergeant Johnson, accompanied by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Captain Thomas Kelley and his mother and legislative aide to Representative Spellane, Martha Akstin, was the guest of Representative Spellane.
 
During the session the Chair (Mr. Tobin of Quincy) declared a brief recess and introduced Elizabeth Kish from Verseg, Hungary, the aunt of Representative Callahan of Sutton. She was the guest of Representative Callahan.

Paper from the Senate.

The House Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Christopher Boumil, an employee of the Department of Correction (printed as Senate, No. 2051) came from the Senate passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment adding at the end thereof the following sentence: “When Mr. Boumil terminates employment with the department or requests to dissolve the sick leave bank, the balance of sick leave in the bank shall be transferred to the extended illness leave bank.”.
Under suspension of Rule 35, on motion of Mr. Golden of Lowell, 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.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Bill authorizing the town of Millbury to grant 3 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (Senate, No. 2056, amended),— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Safety. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith. The House then refused to accept the report; and the bill was placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session for a second reading.

By Mr. Koutoujian of Waltham, for the committee on Health Care, on Senate, No. 543 and House, No. 3775, a Bill to strengthen employer-provided health care in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3775).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill improving the insurance partnership program (House, No. 3766).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to establish an oral health outreach education program for child recipients of medicaid services (House, No. 3781).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33C, to the committee on Medicaid.

By Mr. Koutoujian of Waltham, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Bill relative to compassionate care by the prompt pronouncement of death by a nurse practitioner (House, No. 1663).
By Mr. Casey of Winchester, for the committee on Taxation, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Belmont to designate a checkoff on its tax bill for the towns general fund (House, No. 3979). [Local Approval Received].
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill relative to authorizing the modification of the form of property tax billing in the town of Belmont (House, No. 3981). [Local Approval Received].
By Mr. Wagner of Chicopee, for the committee on Transportation, on a petition, a Bill relative to the relocation and alteration of layout of High Pole Hill Road in the town of Provincetown (House, No. 3840). [Local Approval Received].
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Methuen as the Joseph S. Franciosa Bridge (House, No. 3898).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the town of North Andover to discontinue a certain public way (House, No. 3911) [Local Approval Received].
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill designating a certain overpass in the town of Milton as the Private First Class Paul W. Curran Memorial Overpass (House, No. 4206).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
 
By Mr. Koutoujian of Waltham, for the committee on Health Care, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3782) of Kathleen M. Teahan and other members of the General Court relative to the access of disabled children to medical care and assistance;
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3783) of Kathleen M. Teahan and other members of the General Court relative to medical and dental care for foster children;
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3785) of Kathleen M. Teahan and other members of the General Court relative to the federal assistance from claims filed by the Division of Medical Assistance on in-kind administrative services; and
Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3786) of Kathleen M. Teahan and other members of the General Court relative to managed care programs for certain children;
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Medicaid.
Under Rule 42, the reports severally were considered forthwith; and they were accepted. Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence in the discharge of the committee.

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 Bill relative to the commitment of sexually dangerous persons (Senate, No. 1005, amended); and
Of the Resolve relative to the study of long term custodial care options for cognitively intact, physically disabled young adults between ages 19 and 59 (House, No. 2071);

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the Bill further regulating the weight of motor buses (Senate, No. 1285, amended);
Of the Bill relative to the reporting of fires in schools (Senate, No. 1372);
Of the Bill authorizing cities, towns and regional districts to send certain information to registered voters (printed as Senate, No. 349);
Of the Bill relative to the registration of motor vehicles owned and operated as part of a carsharing service (House, No. 1335);
Of the Bill relative to the operation of motor vehicles by un­licensed operators (House, No. 2504, changed); and
Of the Bill relative to jet skis, surf jets, wet bikes and other personal watercraft in municipalities (House, No. 4213);
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. Wagner of Chicopee, for the committee on Transportation, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 660) of John J. Binienda for legislation to require the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to provide alternative fuel at facilities of said authority,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Energy. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Koutoujian of Waltham, for the committee on Health Care, on a petition, a Bill relative to the availability of services for early detection and prevention of lupus for low income women (House, No. 2435).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill to improve oral health in elementary school children (House, No. 2602).
By Mr. Wagner of Chicopee, for the committee on Transportation, on a petition, a Resolve providing for an investigation and study by the Massachusetts Highway Department and the central transportation planning staff relative to widening state Route 139 in the town of Marshfield (House, No. 1038).
By the same member, for the same committee, on a petition, a Bill discontinuing that portion of Gravelly Brook Road lying in the town of Topsfield as a county highway, and authorizing and directing the Division of Capital Asset Management to convey and grant all right, title and interest in said discontinued portion to abutters (House, No. 1613).
Severally read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

Engrossed Bill — Land Taking.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the sale of certain conservation land in the town of North Reading (see House bill printed in House, No. 4131, changed) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was put upon its final passage.
On the question on passing the bill to be enacted, the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays (this being a bill providing for the taking of land or other easements used for conservation purposes, etc., as defined by Article XCVII of the Amendments to the Constitution); and on the roll call 147 members voted in the affirmative and 1 in the negative.

Therefore the bill was passed to be enacted (more than two-thirds of the members having agreed to pass the same); and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to the city of Worcester (see House, No. 3917, 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.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill authorizing the conservation commission of the town of Andover to grant an easement (Senate, No. 1183), 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 terms of certain bonds to be issued by the Commonwealth (printed in House, No. 4097); and
Relative to the terms of certain bonds to be issued by the Commonwealth (printed in House, No. 4117); and
Establishing a sick leave bank for Donna M. Tansey, an employee of the Division of Employment and Training (House, No. 4250);
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.

Senate bills
Authorizing the town of Carlisle to grant conservation restrictions for town owned conservation land (Senate, No. 1148);
Relative to the Sandwich water district (Senate, No. 1163, amended);
To provide for the appointment, qualifications, compensation, duties, status, retirement and pensions of summer special police officers on Nantucket Island (Senate, No. 1168);
Authorizing an increase in fines for parking violations on the island of Nantucket (Senate, No. 1169);
Providing for a fuel revolving account at Nantucket Memorial Airport (Senate, No. 1170);
Regulating the speed of school buses on limited access highways (Senate, No. 1333);
Clarifying the name of a certain bridge in the town of Amesbury (Senate, No. 1853);
Designating the Merrimac Street, Route 1 bridge overpass in the city of Newburyport as the Raymond F. Welch Memorial Overpass (Senate, No. 1854);
Authorizing the town of Tewksbury or the Tewksbury Conservation Commission to convey certain easements to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in the town of Tewksbury (Senate, No. 1938, changed);
Authorizing the town of Southwick to grant an easement to Carol K. Collins (Senate, No. 1940);
Relative to certain funds of the town of Charlton (Senate, No. 2059); and
Clarifying the jurisdiction over public parks in the city of Holyoke (Senate, No. 2090); and
House bills
Relative to assault and battery on a child (printed as Senate, No. 163);
Relative to reckless endangerment (printed as Senate, No. 214);
Exempting certain positions in the city of Westfield from the civil service law (printed as Senate, No. 1928);
Making amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code covering provisions dealing with negotiable instruments and bank deposits and collections (House, No. 92);
Authorizing the town of Mendon to establish a capital expenditure fund (House, No. 192);
Relative to the Geriatric Authority of the town of Milford (House, No. 193);
Increasing the number of selectmen in the town of Foxborough from 3 to 5 (House, No. 583);
Relative to mortgage loan disclosures (House, No. 1425);
Clarifying certain interests in bankruptcy proceedings (House, No. 2192);
Providing for uniform regulatory standards (House, No. 2823);
Making certain technical amendments to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of fiscal year 2003 (printed in House, No. 3727, changed);
Relative to the survivor benefits of George Calder (House, No. 3868);
Relative to the Charter of the town of Andover (House, No. 3887, changed);
Relative to rent regulations in mobile home park accommodations in the town of Williamstown (House, No. 3891);
Relative to annual elections in the town of North Andover (House, No. 3906);
Relative to speech-language pathologists (House, No. 3957);
Authorizing the town of Dedham to reimburse certain sewer fees paid in error (House, No. 3997);
Authorizing the town of Dedham to reimburse certain sewer fees paid in error (House, No. 3998);
Authorizing the town of Carlisle to grant conservation restrictions for town owned conservation land (House, No. 4007);
Relative to granting of an easement by the city of Newton to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (House, No. 4009);
Providing for a selectmen-town manager form of government in the town of Foxborough (House, No. 4018, changed);
Authorizing the town of North Andover to grant a certain easement (House, No. 4090);
Granting authority to lease buildings or land long-term in the city known as the town of Franklin (House, No. 4091);
Relative to annuity contracts (House, No. 4193);
Authorizing the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land in the city of Waltham (House, No. 4202); and
Relative to the appointment of public safety officers (House, No. 4218);
Severally were read a second time; and they were ordered to a third reading.

The House report of the committee on Health Care, ought NOT to pass, on so much of the recommendations of the Division of Medical Assistance (House, No. 57) as relates to transferability between accounts (accompanied by bill, House, No. 61) was accepted. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

The House report of the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3530) of Christopher P. Asselin for legislation to require parents to reimburse the Department of Social Services for certain foster care expenses, was accepted.

Recess.

At eight minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Rush­ing of Boston (Mrs. Walrath of Stow being in the Chair), the House recessed until one o’clock P.M.; and at seventeen minutes after one o’clock the House was called to order with Mr. Tobin of Quincy in the Chair.


The motion of Mr. Festa of Melrose, that the vote be reconsidered by which the House, on Wednesday, October 8, refused to pass to be engrossed the House Bill relative to Sunday sales of alcohol (House, No. 1474, amended), was considered.
Pending the question on reconsideration, further consideration thereof was postponed, on further motion of the same member, until Wednesday, January 7, 2004.
The Senate Bill relative to public employees serving in the armed forces of the United States (Senate, No. 1985, amended), reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill, as amended, to be engrossed, in concurrence, Mr. Jones of North Reading asked for a count of the House to ascertain if a quorum was present. The Chair (Mr. Tobin of Quincy), having determined that a quorum was not in attendance, then directed the Sergeant-at-Arms to secure the presence of a quorum.
Subsequently a roll call was taken for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of a quorum; and on the roll call 145 members were recorded as being in attendance.  

Therefore a quorum was present.
Mr. Costello of Newburyport and other members of the House then moved that it be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 4307.
After debate on the question on adoption of the amendment (the Speaker being in the Chair) the sense of the House was taken by yeas and nays, at the request of Mr. Connolly of Everett; and on the roll call (Mrs. Harkins of Needham being in the Chair), 151 members voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative.

Therefore the amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 1985, amended) then was passed to be engrossed, in concurrence. Sent to the Senate for concurrence in the amendment.

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Rogers of Norwood, for the committee on Ways and Means, on a message from His Excellency the Governor (for message, see House, No. 4005), returning with His disapproval of certain items and sections and parts of certain items, and reductions in certain items contained in the engrossed Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2004 for the maintenance of the departments, boards, commissions, institutions and certain activities of the Commonwealth, for interest, sinking fund and serial bond requirements and for certain permanent improvements (see House, No. 4004), reported, in part, in each instance, that certain items (contained in section 2) stand (as passed by the General Court).
Under suspension of the rules, in each instance, on motion of the same member, the following items were considered; and the sense of the House, in each instance, was determined by yeas and nays, as required by Chapter I, Section I, Article II of the Constitution, as follows:
Item 8000-0125, which had been reduced by the Governor, was considered, as follows:
“8000-0125 For the operation of the sex offender registry program, including, but not limited to, the costs of maintaining a computerized registry system and the classification of persons subject to the
registry 3,596,891”.
[The Governor reduced the item to $3,356,945]
After debate, the question on passing said item, notwithstanding the reduction of the Governor, was determined by yeas and nays, as required by the Constitution; and on the roll call 151 members voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative.

Therefore item 8000-0125 was passed, notwithstanding the reduction of the Governor (more than two-thirds of the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative). Sent to the Senate for its action.
Item 2810-2040, which had been reduced by the Governor, was considered, as follows:
“2810-2040 The division of state parks and recreation may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $2,703,218 from fees charged by the division of state parks and recreation, including revenues collected from campsite reservation transactions from the automated campground reservation and registration program for additional expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system of the division of state parks and recreation; provided, that no funds from this item shall be expended for the costs of personnel, including seasonal employees; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division of state parks and recreation may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate therefor as reported in the state accounting system; provided further, that no expenditures made in advance of the receipts shall be permitted to exceed 75 per cent of the amount of revenues projected by the first quarterly statement required by section 1B; provided further, that the comptroller shall notify the budget director and the chairmen of the house and senate committees on ways and means at the time subsequent quarterly statements are published of the variance between actual and projected receipts in each such quarter and the implications of said variance for expenditures made from; and provided further, that the division of state parks and recreation may issue grants to public and
non-public entities from this item 2,703.218”.
[The Governor reduced the item to $2,553,218 and reduced the follow­ing wording: “The division of state parks and recreation may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $2,703,218 from fees charged by the division of state parks and recreation, including revenues collected from campsite reservation transactions from the automated campground reservation and registrtion program for additional expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system of the division of state parks and recreation” to the following wording: “The division of state parks and recreation may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $2,553,218 from fees charged by the division of state parks and recreation, including revenues collected from campsite reservation transactions from the automated campground reservation and registrtion program for additional expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system of the division of state parks and recreation”.]
After debate the question on passing said item, notwithstanding the reductions of the Governor, was determined by yeas and nays, as required by the Constitution; and on the roll call 140 members voted in the affirmative and 11 in the negative.

Therefore item 2810-2040 was passed, notwithstanding the reductions of the Governor (more than two-thirds of the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative). Sent to the Senate for its action.
Item 1410-0400, which had been reduced by the Governor, was considered, as follows:
“1410-0400 For reimbursing cities and towns for money paid for veterans’ benefits and for payments to certain veterans; provided, that said reimbursements shall be made pursuant to section 6 of chapter 115 of the General Laws; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amounts of veterans’ benefits paid by cities and towns to residents of a soldiers’ home shall be paid by the commonwealth to the several cities and towns; provided further, that pursuant to sec­tion 9 of said chapter 115, the department shall reimburse cities and towns for the cost of United States flags placed on the graves of veterans on Memorial day; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of veterans’ services may continue a training program for veterans’ agents and directors of veterans’ services in cities and towns of the commonwealth; provided further, that the purpose of such training program shall be to maximize federal assistance available for veterans and to assure that such agents and directors receive uniform instruction on providing veterans and dependents with advice relative to procurement of state, federal and local benefits to which they are entitled, including employment, education, health care, retirement and other veterans’ benefits; provided further, that the subject matter of such training program shall include benefits available under chapter 115 of the General Laws and alternative resources, including those which are partially or wholly subsidized by the federal government, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and Social Security Disability benefits, as well as federal pension and compensation entitlements; provided further, that the commissioner shall promulgate regulations for said training program; provided further, that upon successful participation by such veterans’ agents or directors of veterans’ services in such training program, the costs of such training program incurred by the several cities and towns shall be reimbursed by the commonwealth on or before November 10 following the fiscal year in which such costs were paid; provided further, that any person applying for veterans benefits to pay for services available to medical assistance under chap­ter 118E of the General Laws, shall also apply for medical assistance under chapter 118E to minimize cost of the commonwealth and its municipalities; provided further, that veterans’ agents shall complete applications authorized by the division of medical assistance under chapter 118E for any veteran, widow and dependent applying for medical assistance under chapter 115; provided further, that the veterans’ agent shall file the application for the veteran or dependent for assistance under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the division of medical assistance shall act on all chapter 118E applications and advise the applicant and the veterans’ agent of the applicant’s eligibility for chapter 118E healthcare; provided further, that the veterans’ agent shall advise the applicant of the right to assistance for medical benefits under chapter 115 pending approval of the application for assistance under chapter 118E by the division of medical assistance; provided further, that the commissioner may supplement healthcare pursuant to said chapter 118E, with healthcare coverage under said chapter 115, if he determines that supplemental coverage is necessary to afford the veteran or dependent sufficient relief and support; provided further, that payments to or on behalf of a veteran or dependent pursuant to chap­ter 115 shall not be considered income for the purposes of determining eligibility under chapter 118E; and provided further, that benefits awarded pursuant to section 6B of chap-
ter 115 shall be considered countable income 8,034,959”.
[The Governor reduced the item by striking out the following wording: “provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of veterans’ services may continue a training program for veterans’ agents and directors of veterans’ services in cities and towns of the commonwealth; provided further, that the purpose of such training program shall be to maximize federal assistance available for veterans and to assure that such agents and directors receive uniform instruction on providing veterans and dependents with advice relative to procurement of state, federal and local benefits to which they are entitled, including employment, education, health care, retirement and other veterans’ benefits; provided further, that the subject matter of such training program shall include benefits available under chapter 115 of the General Laws and alternative resources, including those which are partially or wholly subsidized by the federal government, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and Social Security Disability benefits, as well as federal pension and compensation entitlements; provided further, that the commissioner shall promulgate regulations for said training program; provided further, that upon successful participation by such veterans’ agents or directors of veterans’ services in such training program, the costs of such training program incurred by the several cities and towns shall be reimbursed by the commonwealth on or before November 10 following the fiscal year in which such costs were paid”.]
After debate, the question on passing said item, notwithstanding the reduction of the Governor, was determined by yeas and nays, as required by the Constitution; and on the roll call 151 members voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative.

Therefore item 1410-0400 was passed, notwithstanding the reduction of the Governor (more than two-thirds of the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative). Sent to the Senate for its action.

Silent Prayer.

At the request of Representatives Owens-Hicks of Boston, St. Fleur of Boston, Rushing of Boston, Swan of Springfield and Sánchez of Boston, the members, guests and employees stood in a moment of silent prayer in memory of Mrs. Ruth Batson, an accomplished and long-time civil rights activist.

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.

Ms. Spiliotis of Peabody then moved that the House adjourn; and the motion prevailed. Accordingly, without further consideration of the remaining matters in the Orders of the Day, at five minutes before four o’clock P.M. (Mrs. Harkins of Needham being in the Chair) the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.