JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Monday, December 22, 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:
God, Our Creator, we depend upon You and Your guidance as we struggle daily to follow Your ways and instructions which offer us personal happiness and fulfillment. Christians throughout the world are preparing to celebrate the biblical religious feast of Christmas, the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem. The heart and the spirit of the festivities fill our hearts and minds with joy, peace, generosity and goodwill. In our diverse society, teach us to respect the religious beliefs of all people, but to remain firm in our own faith commitment, to our traditional spiritual and human values. May the unique spirit of the season remain with us throughout the year.
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 Mrs. Creedon of Brockton) congratulating Robert Dean Smith on the occasion of his retirement;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Vallee of Franklin) congratulating Daniel W. Dewitte on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Vallee of Franklin) congratulating Christopher Michael Good on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Vallee of Franklin) congratulating Jeremy Mark Hummel on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Vallee of Franklin) congratulating Luke A. Olsen on receiving the Eagle Award of the Boy Scouts of America;
Mrs. Harkins of Needham, 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 Mrs. Walrath of Stow, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Communication.

A communication from the Secretary of the Commonwealth (under the provisions of Section 80 of Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2003) submitting a copy of the Registry of Deeds Technology Committee Report (copies having been referred to the House committees on Ways and Means and Post Audit and Oversight), was placed on file.

Petition.

Mr. Koutoujian of Waltham presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Peter J. Koutoujian for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to racial, ethnic and linguistic disparities in access to health care, prevention services and the quality of such medical services; and the same was referred, under Rule 24, to the committee on Rules.

Papers from the Senate.

Bills
Authorizing the appointment of Kenneth E. Wright as a police officer in the town of Mansfield (Senate, No. 1589) (on a petition);
Relative to the Dedham-Westwood Water District (Senate, No. 1965, changed in section 2, in line 5, by striking out the follow­ing: “clauses (i) to (vi)” and inserting in place thereof the following: “clauses (1) to (6)”) (on a petition);
Severally passed to be engrossed by the Senate, were read; and they were referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

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 Rule 12 be suspended on the petition of Angelo M. Scaccia relative to fines imposed for illegally parked motor vehicles in the cities and towns of the Commonwealth. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Demakis of Boston, the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was 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 Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the Bill relative to damages for securities law violations under the Consumer Protection Act (Senate, No. 91);
Of the Bill relative to making false emergency reports (House, No. 1064);
Of the Bill prohibiting illegal videotaping (House, No. 3303); and
Of the Bill criminally negligent homicide (House, No. 3486);
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Rules.
Under Rule 42, the reports severally were considered forthwith; and they were accepted.

By Mr. Casey of Winchester, for the committee on Taxation, on a message from His Excellency the Governor, a Bill to extend the deadline for mailing quarterly tax bills (printed in House, No. 4388, changed by adding at the end thereof the following section:
“SECTION 2. Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2003 is hereby amended by striking section 1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:—
Section 1. Notwithstanding section 57C of Chapter 59 of the General Laws, the commissioner of revenue shall allow cities and towns to issue a third quarter preliminary tax bill in fiscal year 2004. Said third quarter preliminary tax bill shall not exceed 125 percent of the first quarter preliminary tax bill; provided, that a separate percentage factor may be designated for the residential, open space, commercial, industrial or personal classes of property, as defined in section 2A of said chapter 59.”). Read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matter be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Binienda of Worcester, 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 Ms. Rogeness of Longmeadow, 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 in concurrence, its title having been changed by said committee to read: “An Act extending the deadline for mailing quarterly tax bills.”. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

By Mr. Koczera of New Bedford, for the committee on Public Service, on a petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Shirley Morrow, an administrative assistant and employee of the Department of Mental Retardation (House, No. 4322). Read; and referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for said committee, reported that the matter be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Mr. Demakis of Boston, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Rodrigues of Westport, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on Senate, No. 31 and House, No. 1813, a Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to creating jobs in the Commonwealth (House, No. 4395). Read; and referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Emergency Measures.

The engrossed Bill further regulating certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth (see Senate, No. 1953), 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.

The engrossed Bill relative to the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District (see Senate, No. 1989), 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 Senate) was passed to be enacted; and it was signed by the acting Speaker and sent to the Senate.

Engrossed Bill.

The engrossed Bill providing for alternative members of the old and historic districts commission of the town of Marblehead (see House, No. 4153) (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.

Recess.

At twelve o’clock noon, on motion of Mr. Driscoll of Braintree (Mr. Donato of Medford being in the Chair), the House recessed, subject to the call of the Chair; and seven minutes after one o’clock P.M. the House was called to order with Mr. Donato in the Chair.

Emergency Measure.

The engrossed Bill to extend the deadline for mailing quarterly tax bills (see House bill printed in House, No. 4388, changed), 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.

Order.

On motion of Mr. DiMasi of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Friday next at eleven o’clock A.M.

At seventeen minutes after one o’clock P.M., on motion of Ms. Grant of Beverly (Mr. Donato of Medford being in the Chair) the House adjourned, to meet on Friday next at eleven o’clock A.M.