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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Monday, January 7, 2002.

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

Distinguished Guests.

The Chair (Ms. Chandler) introduced, seated in the Senate gallery, a U.S. Government class from the Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. Among the students was Christy Gannon, President of the Upper School Body and daughter of Francine Gannon, aide to Senator Travaglini. They were the guests of Senators Shannon and Travaglini.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Ms. Melconian, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Linda J. Melconian, Cheryl A. Rivera, Gale D. Candaras, Benjamin Swan and other members of the General Court for legislation to designate the Western Massachusetts Visitor Information Center as the William C. Sullivan Visitor Information Center; and

By Mr. Moore, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore, Paul Kujawski and Mark J. Carron for legislation to designate the town of Oxford as the official “Flag Town of Massachusetts”;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2207), a Bill further regulating the Julian D. Steele public housing development in the city of Lowell (Senate, No. 2217) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2207];
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

By Mr. Glodis, for the committee on Public Safety, on petition, a Bill allowing the release of police reports to school administrators (Senate, No. 1212);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

 

Committees Discharged.

Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate 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),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4835) of Anthony J. Verga and Bruce E. Tarr (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to a betterment program for private road improvements in the city of Gloucester,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

A Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to grant an access easement over certain land in the Brighton District of the city of Boston (House, No. 4109, amended,— on House, No. 2253),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to assistant town clerks in certain towns (House, No. 3151,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the finances of regional school committees (see House, No. 3071) (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.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—

Resolutions (filed by Mr. O’Leary and Ms. Murray) “acknowledging the contributions of the Mashpee Wampanoag People to the Commonwealth”; and

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tolman, Antonioni, Berry and Birmingham, Ms. Chandler, Messrs. Clancy, Glodis, Havern and Hedlund, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Joyce and Magnani, Ms. Menard, Messrs. Montigny, Moore, Morrissey and O’Leary, Ms. Resor, Mr. Rosenberg, Mrs. Sprague, Mr. Tarr and Ms. Walsh) “honoring Captain Robert B. McCarthy, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, on the occasion of his retirement.”

 

Communications.

The Clerk read the following communication:

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

 

January 3, 2002.

Mr. Patrick F. Scanlan
Massachusetts Senate Clerk
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On Wednesday, January 2, 2002, I was away from the State House due to family matters and I was, therefore, unable to be present for the roll call vote on House Bill 4726, An Act Returning Tax Title Properties to Productive Use. Had I been present I would have voted in the affirmative on this matter.

I respectfully request that this letter be reprinted in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for January 2, 2002. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,
SUSAN C. FARGO,
5th Middlesex District.

On motion of Mr. O’Leary, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

 

The Clerk read the following communication:

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

 

January 3, 2002.

Mr. Patrick F. Scanlan
Clerk of the Massachusetts State Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

I respectfully request that this correspondence be read into the record at the next session of the Senate. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to attend the formal session of the Senate on January 2, 2002.

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on the question of engrossing the following bill: H. 4726, An Act Returning Tax Title Properties to Productive Use.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
MARK C. MONTIGNY,
State Senator.

On motion of Mr. Shannon, the preceding statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

 

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill to support citizens with disabilities and their families (Senate, No. 686),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act providing support to individuals with disabilities and their families” (Senate, No. 2218).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2218) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Resolve in favor of Nora O’Reilly (Senate, No. 997),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act relative to Nora O’Reilly” (Senate, No. 2219).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2219) was then ordered to a third reading.
 

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to the disposition of certain property in the city of Lowell (printed as Senate, No. 1599, amended),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mrs. Sprague, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.  

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill reducing medication waste in facilities in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2186),— ought to pass, with an amendment in section 2, by striking out, in lines 4 and 5, inclusive (as printed), the words “90 days of the day on which the general appropriations act for fiscal year 2002 has the force of law” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— “120 days after the passage of this act”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2186, amended) was then ordered to a third reading.
 

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill to authorize the Trial Court of the Commonwealth to establish a sick leave bank for Roseanne Moore, an employee of said department (Senate, No. 2188),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.  

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The Senate Bill relative to the use of headlights (Senate, No. 1216),— was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Moore and Ms. Melconian moved that the bill be amended by substituting a new draft entitled “An Act further regulating the use of headlights” (Senate, No. 2220).
This amendment was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Shannon, the further consideration of the bill (Senate, No. 2220) was postponed until the next session.  

The Senate Bill relative to the regulation of motor vehicle livery services and the licensing of livery operators (Senate, No. 1275),— was considered.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Ms. Creem and Mr. Shannon moved that the bill be amended by substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2221).
This amendment was adopted.
On motion of Mrs. Sprague, the further consideration of the bill (Senate, No. 2221) was postponed until the next session.  

The Senate Bill relative to the recreation revolving fund in the town of Rutland (Senate, No. 2195),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill establishing Congressional districts (printed in House, No. 4778, Appendix A,— on House Order No. 4220 of 1999 as revived and continued by House Order No. 3901 of 2001),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. O’Leary, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.  

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Moore,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Moore, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.