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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, January 11, 1999.

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


A communication from the House of Representatives informing the Senate that the Honorable Michael J. Rea, Jr., of Billerica had been elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the General Court on the part of the House. The communication was placed on file.


A report of the Joint Labor-Management Committee (under the provisions of Section 1 of Chapter 589 of the Acts of 1987) relative to municipal public safety bargaining disputes (received Wednesday, January 6, 1999),— was placed on file.

The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:

A report of the Office of the Attorney General (under the provisions of Section 11D of Chapter 12 of the General Laws) relative to state agency and authority compliance with the environmental laws entitled "Clean State Initiative" (received Friday, January 8, 1999); and

Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of certain correctional facilities of the Commonwealth:
Of the Norfolk County Correctional Center, in the town of Dedham (received Monday, January 11, 1999); and
Of the Hodder House Pre-Release, in the town of Framingham (received Monday, January 11, 1999).


Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) "honoring Francis Kane of Holyoke upon his being named the Grand Marshal of the 1999 Holyoke Saint Patrick's Day parade", were considered forthwith, under the suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Knapik, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Panagiotakos) "honoring Dr. Joseph F. Lisi for his years of dedicated service to the community of Westford", were considered forthwith, under the suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Knapik, and adopted.

Orders Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered, That by the authority of article IV of section II of chapter I of the Constitution, the Senate declares that, by reason of the resignation of Robert A. Durand as senator from the Middlesex and Worcester district, the office of senator from the Middlesex and Worcester district is vacant. By the authority of article XXIV of the Amendments to the Constitution, the Senate directs the President of the Senate to issue a precept setting forth April 13, 1999 as the day for holding an election to fill the vacancy in the Middlesex and Worcester district, comprising the city of Marlborough and the towns of Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Hudson, Littleton, Maynard, Shirley and Stow in the county of Middlesex; and the towns of Berlin, Harvard, Northborough and Southborough, and precincts 1, 2 and 4 of the town of Westborough, in the county of Worcester.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Travaglini,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o'clock A.M.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at ten minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.