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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Thursday, January 3, 2002.

Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).


Mr. Rosenberg presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stanley C. Rosenberg and Nancy Flavin for legislation to release certain land in Hadley from the operation of an agricultural preservation restriction,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, on petition, an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Government Regulations to make an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 452, relative to the payment of stranded utility costs (Senate, No. 2216);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


By Mr. Pacheco, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on petition, a Bill relative to the observance of Veteran’s Day (Senate, No. 203); and

By Mr. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on petition, a Bill to allow schools access to prospective students’ criminal offender record information (Senate, No. 923);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


By Mr. Pacheco, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on petition, a Bill to protect tipped employees (Senate, No. 72); and

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill providing that no other flag or pennant be flown higher than the American flag (Senate, No. 1582);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.



A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4833) of Thomas M. Stanley and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Waltham be authorized to continue the use of certain park land for water purposes,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael F. Jones for legislation to require property owners’ consent in designating historic districts.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Groveland to establish a scenic roads administering authority (see House, No. 3962) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted and was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mrs. Sprague, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.