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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

 

Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Tuesday, January 22, 2002.

Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Joint Labor-Management Committee for Municipal Police and Fire (under the provisions of Chapter 589 of the Acts of 1987) submitting a report on dispute resolution (received Wednesday, January 2, 2002);

A report of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (under the provisions of Section 5 of Chapter 152 of the Acts of 1997) relative to all contracts regarding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center project entered into by said authority (received Wednesday, January 2, 2002);

A report of the Wonderland Greyhound Park, Inc. (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 128C of the General Laws) submitting copies of simulcasting contracts entered into by Wonderland (received Wednesday, January 9, 2002); and

A report of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (under the provisions of Section 1E of Chapter 164 of the General Laws) submitting a biannual report concerning alternative dispute resolutions (received Wednesday, January 9, 2002).

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

A report of the Bureau of Special Investigations (under the provisions of Section 11 of Chapter 14 of the General Laws) submitting its report for the month of November, 2001 (received Tuesday, January 8, 2002); and

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 inspection of the Old Colony Correctional Center (received Wednesday, January 9, 2002).

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2070), a Bill relative to certain school construction projects in the city of Revere (Senate, No. 2227) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2070] (Representative Teahan of Whitman dissenting);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Commerce and Labor to sit during the recess of the General Court to make an investigation and study of various Senate documents (Senate, No. 1954), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 108) of Marc R. Pacheco, Local 254, SEIU, by Edward T. Sullivan, Jr., and SEIU Massachusetts State Council, by Susana Segat, director, for legislation to regulate electronic monitoring of individuals in the workplace,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Commerce and Labor.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Relative to the town of Medfield and the Medfield Shelter 2000, Inc. (House, No. 4360,— on House, No. 3625) [Local approval received on House, No. 3625]; and

Relative to voting precincts in the town of Framingham (House, No. 4805,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Notice was received that the Speaker of the House had announced the following appointments of Representatives Greene of Billerica, Rodrigues of Westport and deMacedo of Plymouth to serve on the Special Legislative Task Force established (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 204 of the Acts of 2001) to make an investigation and study of the unemployment insurance system of the Commonwealth.

Committee Change.

The President 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 Fargo of Middlesex 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. Berry) “congratulating the town of Danvers on its two hundred and fiftieth anniversary”; and

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Rosenberg, Antonioni, Berry, Ms. Fargo, Mr. Glodis, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Joyce, Magnani, Montigny, Moore, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Nuciforo and O’Leary, Ms. Resor, Mr. Shannon and Ms. Tucker) “commending Commissioner Barbara Jean Wood.”

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4867) of Edward G. Connolly relative to designating a certain bridge in the city of Everett as the Private First Class Patrick Moreschi Memorial Bridge,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.  

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (both of which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:

Relative to the granting of licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises in the town of Sharon (see House, No. 3701, amended); and

Authorizing the town of Truro to hold a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4475).

The Senate Bill authorizing the Trial Court to establish a sick leave bank for Roseanne Moore, an employee of the Trial Court (Senate, No. 2188, amended),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment, inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately establish a sick leave bank for a certain employee of the trial court of the commonwealth, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.  

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2211), a Bill relative to certain school construction projects in the town of Milton (Senate, No. 2226) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2211] (Representative Teahan of Whitman dissenting);

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the bill was read a second time.

Ms. Wilkerson presented an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act relative to certain school construction projects in the towns of Milton and Winchester and the cities of Brockton, Revere and Waltham” (Senate, No. 2228).
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2228) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill establishing the position of director of finance in the town of Dedham (House, No. 4822,— on House, No. 4756) [Local approval received on House, No. 4756],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rosenberg, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.  

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 Senate Bill establishing a board of public works and a department of public works in the city of Northampton (Senate, No. 2172),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  

The Senate Bill requiring certain religious officials to be mandated reporters of abuse of children (Senate, No. 2223),— was read a third time.

Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Jacques moved that the bill be amended in section 2, by inserting after the words “chapter 233”, in line 7, the following words:— “and that is provided by a person who reasonably expects it to remain confidential and concerning that person’s own activities,”; and by adding the following section:—

“SECTION 3. Any religious official, person or layperson mentioned in section 51A of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as amended by section 1 of this act, who was not previously subject to said section 51A and who on the effective date of this act has the reasonable cause required by said section 51A, based on information that the official, person or layperson received before the effective date of this act, other than information exempt from reporting under section 2 of this act, shall make reports required by said section 51A to the department of social services within 30 days after the effective date of this act.”.
The amendment was adopted.
On motion of Ms. Melconian, the further consideration of the bill (Senate, No. 2223, amended) was postponed until the next session.  

The House Bill authorizing the town of Mashpee to convey a certain parcel of land (House, No. 4299) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time.

Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. O’Leary moved that the bill be amended in section 2, by adding the following sentence:— “The land being conveyed by the Willowbend Development Corporation to the town shall be of equal or greater value than the parcel being conveyed in section 1 by the town to the Willowbend Development Corporation.”.
This amendment was adopted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

The House Bill relative to the Korean Veterans Memorial Highway (House, No. 4577),— was read a second time.

Mr. Knapik presented an amendment, inserting after the word “Holyoke”, in line 3, the following words:— “, excluding the bridge previously designated as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge by chapter 26 of the acts of 1982,”.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act relative to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway.”
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.
 

Committee Change.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Fargo of Middlesex 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. Melconian,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at twelve o’clock noon.

On motion of Mr. Lees, at twenty-two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at twelve o’clock noon.