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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, January 31, 2005.

Met at eight minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Barrios in the Chair).

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

Petition.

Mr. Rosenberg presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 24) of Stanley C. Rosenberg and Peter V. Kocot (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish the Hatfield economic development corporation [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technology.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Communications.

The Clerk read the following communications:

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1063

January 27, 2005.

Mr. William Welch, Clerk
Massachusetts State Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On Wednesday, January 26, 2005, I was away from the State House due to a scheduling conflict and I was therefore unable to be present for the roll call vote on the following item:

The missed roll call referred to adopting an amendment, offered by Senator Lees, providing equal party representation on the Committee on Ethics and Rules. Had I been present, I would have voted in the negative.

I would appreciate your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate Journal. Thank you in advance for your help with this request.

Very truly yours,
ROBERT A. O’LEARY,
State Senator,
Cape and Islands District.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1063

January 27, 2005

Mr. William Welch
Senate Clerk
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

Due to my ongoing recuperation, I was absent from the Senate Chambers on January 26th and missed one roll call vote that took place during the debate on the Senate Rules changes for the 2005-2006 legislative session. Had I been present, I would have voted in the negative on the proposed amendment to Senate Rule 12A, relative to the appointment of members of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules.

I am respectfully requesting that a copy of this letter be printed in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for January 26th, 2005. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,
CHARLES E. SHANNON,
State Senator.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “on the occasion of the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Joan and John Misener.”

Petition.

On motion of Mr. Tolman, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Rosenberg (accompanied by bill) of Stanley C. Rosenberg and Stephen Kulik for legislation relative to the annual municipal census,— and the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Adjournment in Memory of First Lieutenant Travis Fuller and Marine Sergeant Andrew K. Farrar, Jr.

The Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, moved that when the Senate adjourns today it adjourn in memory of First Lieutenant Travis Fuller of Granville.

Travis was a native of the Town of Granville, and a 1997 graduate of Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. The son of David and Joanne Fuller, he also studied at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The 26-year-old was an accomplished leader and served as Commander of Company C, 1st Batallion, 3rd Marine regiment.

Travis was killed in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah in the Iraqi desert. Travis and 30 Marines were mobilizing to provide security for the democratic elections held in Iraq yesterday.

The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, moved that when the Senate adjourns today it adjourn in memory of Marine Sergeant Andrew K. Farrar, Jr. of Weymouth.

Sgt. Farrar was killed on January 28, his 31st birthday, while courageously serving our country in Iraq. The son of Andrew, Sr. and Claire Farrar of Weymouth, Andrew was a 1992 graduate of Weymouth High School.

The older brother of Jason, Nathan and Bethany, Andrew married his high school sweetheart, Melissa, in 1996 and the couple has two sons, Tyler and Liam. Andrew joined the Marines in 1997. Andrew’s brave service included leading his squad of young Marines through the bitter fighting in Fallujah last fall.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of First Lieutenant Travis Fuller of Granville and Marine Sergeant Andrew K. Farrar, Jr. of Weymouth at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. on motion of Mr. Knapik, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.