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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Monday, January 14, 2002.

Met at two 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).

Communication.

A communication from the Department of Education relative to a competitive grant program (received Friday, December 28, 2001),— was placed on file.

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (under the provisions of Section 17 of Chapter 29C of the General Laws) submitting its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001 (received Friday, December 28, 2001); and

A report of the Office of the Comptroller (under the provisions of Section 12 of Chapter 7A of the General Laws) submitting its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001 (received Friday, December 28, 2001).

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to the inspection of the Bay State Correctional Center (received Friday, December 28, 2001),— was read and sent to the House for its information.  

Petitions.

Mr. O’Leary presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2225) of Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the charter of the town of Eastham [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  

Ms. Melconian presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Linda J. Melconian, Brian P. Lees, Steven A. Tolman, Stephen M. Brewer and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to commemorating September 11th as a day of remembrance,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Creem, for the committee on Criminal Justice, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2000) of Debbie Campanile for legislation relative to the wrongful injury or death of animal companions,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to amending the Early Retirement Incentive Program (House, No. 4838),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.  

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4845) of Thomas J. O’Brien and Therese Murray (by vote of the town) relative to the administration of rent regulations and the control of evictions in manufactured housing communities in the town of Kingston;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4846) of Paul Kujawski (by vote of the town) that the town of Douglas be authorized to convey a certain parcel of land; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4847) of Thomas J. O’Brien and Therese Murray (by vote of the town) relative to the zoning requirements of vacant lots in the town of Kingston;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4852) of Bradford Hill and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the appointment of Robert Bowen, Dennis Howes, Keith LeBlanc and Roland Martineau as fire fighters in the town of Ipswich, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4854) of Bradford Hill and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing Donald Clapp, Christopher Gregory and Kevin Lombard to take the civil service examination for the position of fire fighter in the town of Ipswich, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4848) of Benjamin Swan and other members of the House (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the retirement board of the city of Springfield be authorized to pay certain surviving spouse benefits to Joyce M. Brown;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4849) of Bradford Hill and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) that the town of Ipswich and the Commonwealth be authorized to enter into a lease agreement for the use of the former town hall as a courthouse;
To the committee on State Administration.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4850) of Paul Kujawski and Richard T. Moore (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Douglas to establish an economic development fund and impose betterments and special assessments; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4851) of James E. Valley, David P. Magnani and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) that the city known as the town of Franklin be authorized to establish an open space real property acquisition fund;
Severally to the committee on Taxation.  

A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Mary O’Neil, an employee of the Department of Correction (House, No. 4746,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to providing for increased safety at pedestrian crosswalks (House, No. 2642, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

A Bill providing for alternate members to the city of Methuen Community Development Board (House, No. 2007,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

A report of the committee on Public Service, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4515) of Reed V. Hillman and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the appointment of Steven E. Granlund as a police officer in the town of Ware, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements, and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.  

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Shannon,—

Ordered, That a convention of the two branches be held at seven o’clock P.M., on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 for the purpose of receiving such communication as the Acting Governor, Jane M. Swift may be pleased to make to them, relating to the concerns of the Commonwealth.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4855) of Peter J. Larkin and other members of the General Court relative to providing liens for molders,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Commerce and Labor.  

Committee Change.

The Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) announced the resignation of Senator Moore of Worcester and Norfolk as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin to fill the vacancy.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) “on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 223”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “congratulating James A. Curran upon his selection as the 2002 Grand Marshal for the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Parade”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Magnani and Ms. Jacques) “congratulating Dr. N. Jerome Goldberg on the occasion of his retirement as the Superintendent of the Natick Public Schools.”

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to town meeting members in the town of Burlington (see House, No. 4704, amended) (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.  

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 House bills

Authorizing the town of Fairhaven to issue an additional license for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4321) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading); and

Authorizing the town of Truro to hold a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4475);
Were severally read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.  

Committee Change.

The Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) announced the resignation of Senator Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Moore of Worcester and Norfolk thereto.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Chandler,—

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

On motion of Mr. Hedlund, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.