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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, January 20, 2005.

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

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


The following petition (having been filed prior to five o’clock P.M., on Wednesday, December 1, 2004) was referred, as follows:

By Ms. Resor, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 19) of Pamela P. Resor, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Barbara A. L’Italien, Martin J. Walsh and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to stalking awareness month;
To the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Sent to the House for concurrence.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey and Ms. Murray) “congratulating Captain Kathleen Stefani”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “recognizing Diane Rose Cunningham”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor, Messrs. Augustus, Barrios, Brewer and Brown, Ms. Creem, Ms. Chandler, Messrs. Havern, Moore, O’Leary, Nuciforo and Shannon and Ms. Tucker) “recognizing January as Stalking Awareness Month.”

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

Ordered, That a committee of the Senate be appointed for the purpose of recommending changes in the rules of the Senate.

Senators Berry, Havern, Menard, Rosenberg, Walsh, Lees and Tisei were appointed to the special committee.


There being no objection, at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Barrios) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at sixteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Barrios in the Chair.

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Vanessa Scott-Brown, an employee of the Supreme Judicial Court (see Senate, No. 18), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 4 to 0.

The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.

Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the Senate, came from the House with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Augustus,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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. Timilty, at nine minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.