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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, January 11, 2001.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.


Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the President introduced, seated in the Gallery, students from Newburyport High School and students from Costa Rica who are visiting the United States on an exchange program. The students were accompanied by Tom Antone and Robin Nelson from Newburyport High School and Katia Augera from Costa Rica. They were the guests of Senator Jajuga.



A communication was received from the Honorable Michael R. Knapik, chairman of the Republican Caucus of the Senate, notifying the Senate that the caucus had elected the Honorable Brian P. Lees of First Hampden and Hampshire as the Minority Leader in the Senate for the 2001-2002 session.



Mr. Lees presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1817) of Brian P. Lees and Mary S. Rogeness (by vote of the town) for legislation to validate all actions taken at the annual town meeting election of the town of Longmeadow [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.




A communication from the Commissioner of Banks (under the provisions of Section 2(31) of Chapter 167F of the General Laws) submitting regulations permitting state-chartered banks to exercise certain powers granted to national banking institutions (House, No. 1143),— and

A communication from the Commissioner of Banks (under the provisions of Section 2A of Chapter 167 of the General Laws) submitting proposed regulations governing unfair and deceptive practices in consumer transactions (House, No. 1144),— were severally referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Banks and Banking.



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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “honoring Mark A. Avis for his dedicated service to the American Legion and the town of Palmer”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “on the occasion of the celebration of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.”



On motion of Ms. Chandler, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Lynch (accompanied by bill) of Stephen F. Lynch, Martin J. Walsh, Thomas Nee and James Barry for legislation relative to police discipline;

On motion of Ms. Fargo, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Ms. Jacques (accompanied by bill) of Cheryl A. Jacques, David P. Linsky, Cynthia S. Creem, Dianne Wilkerson and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to closing the assault weapons loophole;

And the same severally were referred to the committee on Public Safety.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.


Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

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

On motion of Mr. Tisei, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Tuesday at eleven o’clock A.M.