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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Moore 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. Moore), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to child endangerment and protection (House, No. 4422);
To the committee on Criminal Justice.

Message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating the action taken at a special town meeting held by the town of Williamsburg (House, No. 4445);
To the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.  

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4427) of Shirley Gomes and Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) relative to validating certain health insurance payments made by the town of Orleans;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4428) of Paul Kujawski and Richard T. Moore (by vote of the town) for legislation to provide for a charter for the town of Dudley; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4429) of Jeffrey Sanchez, Cynthia S. Creem, Frank I. Smizik, Brian Paul Golden and Michael F. Rush (by vote of the town) relative to the transfer of the former Fisher Hill Reservoir in the town of Brookline;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.  

Bills

Establishing a sick leave bank for Luella Erwin an employee of the Trial Court (House, No. 1528,— on petition); and

Providing for cigarette escrow compliance (House, No. 4327,— on House Nos. 3707 and 4169);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.  

A Bill relative to the Dighton Water District (House, No. 387,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

Bills

Authorizing the town of Bridgewater to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises (printed as Senate, No. 2016,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Authorizing the town of Fairhaven to issue an additional license for the sale of alcoholic beverages (House, No. 4148,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Relative to the payment obligations of the city of Brockton under a water supply contract (House, No. 4314,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

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 Bill relative to the use of motorcyclists’ head gear in parades (House, No. 206, changed),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill relative to public works functions in the town of Belmont (House, No. 4084),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill relative to parking violations in the town of Wellfleet (House, No. 4122),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill regarding notarization of documents including electronic notarization (House, No. 4217, changed),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.  

Petition.

On motion of Mr. Shannon, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Moore, (accompanied by bill) of Richard T. Moore, Charles E. Shannon, Marie J. Parente, Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court for legislation to reform the procedure regarding disposition of surplus armories to provide local government involvement,— and the same was referred to the committee on State Administration.
Sent to the House for concurrence.  

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the Committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., Jarrett T. Barrios, Marc R. Pacheco, Richard T. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to securities violations.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mrs. Sprague, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Banks and Banking.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
 

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael W. Morrissey, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Mary S. Rogeness, Steven Myles Walsh and other members of the General Court for legislation to prohibit excessive fees on gift certificates and gift cards.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mrs. Sprague, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.
Sent to the House for concurrence.  

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4456) of Arthur Aronoff, Louis Jagoda and Shirley Gomes and other members of the General Court for legislation to require persons travelling in a kayak to wear a life jacket and be equipped with a compass and whistle,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.

 Report of a Committee.

Mr. Baddour for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The recommitted House Bill relative to police mutual aid agreements (House, No. 593) (the committee on Public Safety having recommended that the bill be amended striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2184.

There being no objection, the rules were suspended on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the matter was considered forthwith.
Pending the question on adoption of the pending amendment, and pending the main question on ordering the bill to a third reading, on motion of Mr. Shannon, the further consideration thereof was postponed until the next session.  

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill exempting the position of chief of police in the town of East Longmeadow from the civil service law (see Senate, No. 2163) (which originated in the Senate), 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 Governor for his approbation.  

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Shannon,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a formal session.

On motion of Mrs. Sprague, at twenty minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.