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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, January 31, 2000.

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

Petition.

Ms. Creem presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem, Kay Khan, Susan C. Fargo, Marc R. Pacheco and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to authorizing the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to conduct a study of the Commonwealth’s hemlock trees,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Creem, for the committee on Criminal Justice, on the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1998), a Bill relative to witness protection and the crime of witness intimidation (Senate, No. 2087); and

By Ms. Walsh, for the committee on Taxation, on the recommitted petition, a Bill exempting from sales tax the purchase of blood glucose monitoring strips (Senate, No. 1594);

Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill relative to the Montague center fire district in the town of Montague (Senate, No. 2077);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Mr. Brewer, 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 House Bill relative to business loans (House, No. 2470).

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Criminal Justice to make an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 2074, relative to communicating a terroristic threat (Senate, No. 2084),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Providing for the conveyance of certain land in the town of Sandwich (House, No. 4129, amended,— on petition); and

Including the West Groton Mill within the Ayer economic target area and the economic opportunity area (printed in House, No. 4620,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor); and

A Resolve in favor of Burton W. Gerrig, Esquire (House, No. 1129,— on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills

Authorizing the town of Orleans to pay certain claims (House No. 3720,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the town of Hopkinton to pay certain health insurance premiums for retired employees. (House, No. 4555,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Knapik, Morrissey, Jajuga, Travaglini, Rosenberg, Moore, Brewer, Clancy, Bernstein, Lynch, Tisei, Glodis, Tolman, Creedon, Panagiotakos, Tarr, Shannon, Ms. Walsh, Mr. Pacheco, Ms. Wilkerson, Mr. Berry, Ms. Melconian and Ms. Creem) “urging the Congress of the United States and the Governor of the Commonwealth to conduct an investigation and study of the shortage and cost of home heating oil in the Northeast.”

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to affordable housing in the town of Provincetown (House, No. 4317,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
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, 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 House bills

Increasing the bond limit of the Cotuit Fire District (House, No. 475); and

Designating a portion of Route 6 in the town of Barnstable as the Korean War Memorial Highway (House, No. 3789);
Were severally read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4996) of Bradford Hill and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) that the town of Boxford be authorized to withdraw from the Tri-Town Superintendency Union,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Local Affairs.

A Bill authorizing the town of Kingston to release a certain easement (House, No. 4348,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

The following House order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on State Administration be granted until Friday, February 18, 2000, the time within which to make its final report on current House document numbered 4624.

Order Amended and Adopted.

The Senate Order granting the joint committee on Health Care until November 19, 1999, within which to make its final report on Senate document numbered 2017, came from the House, adopted, in concurrence, with an amendment, by striking out the following: “November 19, 1999” and inserting in place thereof the following: “February 19, 2000”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to bonds of the Oak Bluffs Water District (see House, No. 4675) (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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday 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. Knapik, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.