JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

IN JOINT SESSION.

Seal of the Commonwealth


Wednesday, May 1, 2000.

Joint Session of the Two Houses to Consider
Specific Amendments to the Constitution.

At seven minutes past two o’clock P.M., pursuant to assignment, the two Houses met in

JOINT SESSION

and were called to order by the Honorable Thomas F. Birmingham, President of the Senate, who made the following observations:

“Pursuant to an order previously adopted, the two houses are in joint session for the purpose of considering various proposals for amendments to the Constitution. The matters that have been called for consideration are seasonably laid before this session in conformity with the provisions of Article XLVIII and LXXXI of the Amendments to the Constitution.”

The following proposals for amendments to the Constitution were seasonably laid before the joint session for consideration:

Proposal for a Legislative Amendment to the Constitution relative to the filling of vacancies in the office of Governor or Lieutenant-Governor (see House, No. 799), with reference to which the committee on Election Laws has reported recommending that the amendment ought to pass; and

Proposal for a Legislative Amendment to the Constitution relative to the tenure of judicial officers (see House, No. 3357), with reference to which the committee on the Judiciary has reported recommending that the amendment ought NOT to pass (under Joint Rule 23).

Initiative petition of Bryan G. Rudnick and others for an initiative amendment to the Constitution relative to the protection of marriage (see House, No. 4840) [for majority report, see Senate, No. 2335], with reference to which the committee on Public Service has reported recommending that the initiative amendment ought NOT to pass;

Without taking action on the matters duly and constitutionally assigned for consideration, on motion of Ms. Melconian, at eight minutes past two o’clock P.M., the joint session was recessed until two o’clock P.M. on Wednesday, June 19; and the Senate withdrew from the House Chamber under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.