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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, January 18, 2005.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Havern in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Havern), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


The following communications were severally read and placed on file, to wit:

A communication from the Honorable Robert E. Travaglini, President of the Senate, announcing the appointment of Senator Havern to serve as temporary Chair of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading subject to the approval of the Caucus and appoint the following members to serve on the committee: Senators Shannon, Hart and Moore.

A communication was received from the Honorable Brian P. Lees, Minority Leader of the Senate, announcing the appointment of Senator Bruce E. Tarr to the special commission established (pursuant to Section 329 of Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2004) relative to a specialized court administering medical malpractice claims and the appointment of Senator Scott P. Brown to the special task force established (pursuant to Section 330 of Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2004) relative to medical malpractice reform.


Notice was received that Speaker DiMasi had announced the following appointments:

Representatives Rogers of Norwood, Petrolati of Ludlow, Harkins of Needham, Scaccia of Boston, Tobin of Quincy, Smizik of Brookline and O’Flaherty of Chelsea to serve as the temporary committees on Rules of the two branches on the part of the House.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Montigny) “on the occasion of the retirement of Ken Hartnett”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. O’Leary) “congratulating Ronald Kessel on his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “recognizing Sonny Almeida”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Tucker and Mr. Baddour) “on the occasion of the retirement of Michael T. Stella, Jr.”

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Havern, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Vanessa Scott-Brown, an employee of the Supreme Judicial Court (Senate, No. 18).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill 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.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—

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. Moore, at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.