JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Thursday, December 6, 2001.
 
 

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.

Prayer was offered by the Reverend Robert F. Quinn, C.S.P., Chaplain of the House, as follows:

Holy Spirit of God, the Source of Wisdom and Knowledge, we open our hearts and minds to You and to all of Your spiritual gifts as we begin this morning’s legislative session. Help us to maintain our noble and lofty standards and goals as we take up the legislative issues which confront us each day. During this busy holiday season, when many demands are made upon our times and energy, grant us the patience to cope with our obligations and responsibilities. May the joy, goodwill and religious spirit of the season deepen our commitment to You, Our Creator, from wisdom all good things come.

Bestow Your blessings on the Speaker, the members and employees of this House and their families. Amen.

At the request of the Speaker, the members, guests and employees joined with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Paper from the Senate.

The engrossed Bill relative to certain subdivisions of land in the city of Gloucester (see House, No. 490) came from the Senate with an amendment in section 2 (as printed), in lines 26 to 61, inclusive, by striking out the paragraph contained therein and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:

“(3) The interim planning district to be created is located within Ward 5-2 and is approximately bounded as follows: From the intersection of the R-RB and R-3 zoning districts located approximately 800 feet southwest of the intersection 3 of Essex Avenue and the Essex Town line northeast on a line 2.8 miles to the Gloucester section of Castle Neck, southeast approximately 200 feet northwest of Laurel Street to Essex Avenue, then west along the boundary between the R-2 and R-2A Zoning districts, roughly parallel to Essex Avenue, and further west along the northern boundary of the R-RB Zoning District and the southern boundary of the R-3 Zoning District to the Essex Town Line. Public and Private Ways located in the West Gloucester Interim Planning District and including all or parts of the following: Abbey Road, Anderson Way, Andrews Court, Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic Street, Bayberry Lane, Bayle Lane, Becker Lane, Biskie Head Point, Boynton Island, Bray Street, Brookfield Drive, Brooks Lane, Brooks Road, Bungalow Road, Cabot Lane, Castle Hill Road, Causeway Street, Chickadee Road, Clover Lane, Cole’s Island Road, Concord Street, Cove Way, Crafts Road, Crane Way, Digby Lane, Dune Circle, Duane Lane, Elmo Lane, Elva Road, Essex Avenue, Eveleth Road, Fenley Road, Fernald Street, Forest Lane, Great Hill Road, Great Ledge Lane, Gull Lane, Hidden Way, Hilltop Road, Hunter Road, Jebeka Lane, Jer Jean Circle, Jones River Road, Julie Court, Kent Road, Keystone Road, Landing Road, Larose Avenue, Laurel Street, Lawrence Court, Lawrence Mountain Road, Leaman Drive, Lily Road, Lincoln Street, Longview Road, Longview Terrace, Massachusetts Avenue, Mathieu Hill Road, New Way Lane, North Landing Way, Old Bray Street, Overlook Avenue, Pebble Path, Point Road, Presson Point Road, Ridgewood Lane, Russ Road, Rust Island Road, Sand Dollar Circle, Sandy Way, Saville Road, Skipper Way, Skipper Way Terrace, Sleepy Hollow Road, Sumner Street, Totten Lane, Two Penny Lane, Valley Road, Walker Court, Walker Street, Waterman Road, Wauketa Road, West Parish Lane, Whale Rocks Road, Whipple Woods Road, Wyoma Road, Ye Ole County Road, Castle View Drive, Cedarwood Road, Ram Rule Lane, Thompson Street, Becker Circle, and Welch Lane.”.

Under suspension of Rule 35, on motion of Mr. Verga of Gloucester, 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 requiring public notice for telephone and telegraph rate increases (House, No. 3711),— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Rules. Under Rule 42, the report was considered forthwith; and it was accepted.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 763) of Richard T. Moore, Joan M. Menard, Charles E. Shannon and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide equitable coverage for the treatment of substance abuse; and

Of the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2544) of David B. Sullivan and other members of the House relative to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.

Under Rule 42, the reports severally were considered forthwith; and they were accepted, insomuch as relates to the discharge of the committee. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Larkin of Pittsfield, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4761) of Carol C. Cleven relative to the tuition costs for certain persons residing both in the city of Lowell and the town of Chelmsford,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Local Affairs; and

By Mrs. Simmons of Leominster, for the committee on Local Affairs, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2191) of Charles E. Shannon and Paul C. Casey (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Winchester to establish a retiree healthcare liability trust fund,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Service.

Under Rule 42, the reports severally were considered forthwith; and they were accepted. Severally sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Hall of Westford, for the committee on State Administration, on a petition, a Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey an easement to the town of Milford (House, No. 4754). Read; and referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, that the recommitted Bill further regulating the use of non-public personal information by insurance companies (House, No. 2356) ought to pass. Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, the question being on ordering to a third reading.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, that the recommitted Bill allowing certain military personnel to receive group insurance discounts (Senate, No. 773, changed) ought to pass with an amendment in lines 16 and 17, by striking out the words “or national security service, or segments or categories thereof” [Representative Galvin of Canton dissenting]. Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, with an amendment pending.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, that the recommitted Bill making certain corrective changes in the General Laws (House, No. 29, changed) ought to pass . Referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, for the committee on Insurance, on House, No. 285, a Bill relative to group marketing plans (House, No. 4796).

By Mr. Donnelly of Boston, for the committee on the Judiciary, on House, No. 2750, a Bill protecting a minor’s identity (House, No. 4798).

By Mrs. Simmons of Leominster, for the committee on Local Affairs, on the residue of House Order, No. 4619, a Bill authorizing the town of Amherst to acquire easements and to construct thereon sewerage pumping stations and related facilities (House, No. 4462) [Local Approval Received].

Severally read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill establishing a presumption relative to the disability retirement of a certain firefighter in the town of Clinton (see House, No. 4332) (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 Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Orders of the Day.

House bills

Increasing the fee for admitting a person to bail (House, No. 843, changed);

Relative to the town of Weymouth’s enhanced emergency telephone system (House, No. 4012);

Relative to the position of treasurer-collector in the town of Kingston (House, No. 4298) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading); and

Relative to the salary of the mayor of the city of Medford (House, No. 4740);

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. Hynes of Marshfield,—

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

At eleven minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Hynes of Marshfield, the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.