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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 2, 2000.

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

Distinguished Guests.

The Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) introduced Laura Johnson and Joshua Shields, students from Uxbridge High School, the guests of Senator Moore; Aaron Silverman of Concord/Carlisle High School, Marcia Pryce of Bedford High School, Sonya Petri of Wayland High School and Christine Lam of Weston High School, the guests of Senator Fargo; and Darnella Smart, a student from Dorchester High School, the guest of Senator Rosenberg. All the students are participating in the Groundhog Job Shadow Day, sponsored by Massachusetts Promise.

Communication.

A communication from Michael J. Ashe, Jr., Sheriff, Hampden County, submitting a plan of action letter in response to the inspection of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and Correctional Center (received Wednesday, February 2, 2000),— was placed on file.

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (under the provisions of Chapter 17 of the Acts of 1997) submitting cost of living adjustments for retirees and beneficiaries (received Wednesday, February 2, 2000); and

A report of the Department of Employment and Training (under the provisions of Chapter 233 of the Acts of 1983) submitting a quarterly update on the condition of the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance trust fund (received Wednesday, February 2, 2000.

Petition.

Mr. Jajuga presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James P. Jajuga for legislation relative to dismissal of civil motor vehicle infractions upon payment of a citation’s assessment to a municipality’s road repair fund,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Message from His Excellency the Governor submitting (under Article LXXXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution) Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 2000, relative to the Department of Youth Services (House, No. 5000); and

Message from His Excellency the Governor submitting (under Article LXXXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution) Reorganization Plan Number 2 of 2000, relative to the department of children, families and learning (House, No. 5001);
Severally to the committee on State Administration.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4998) of David M. Nangle, Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Kevin J. Murphy and Steven C. Panagiotakos (with the approval of the city council) for legislation to authorize the license commission of the city of Lowell to issue a common victualler’s license to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Government Regulations.

A Bill relative to the reporting of pension contributions (House, No. 319, changed,— on House Nos. 319 and 2780),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to contracts between court reporters and any attorney, party or party having a financial interest in an action (House, No. 4807,— on House, No. 3509),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill relative to the election of selectmen in the town of Dartmouth (House, No. 4955,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was 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 severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “honoring Jason Schuster of Middleborough upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “congratulating Mary P. Monteiro”.

Petitions.

On motion of Mr. Moore, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Moore (accompanied by bill) of Richard T. Moore, Colleen M. Garry, Stephen M. Brewer, Ronald W. Gauch and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to inspecting and securing unsafe or abandoned buildings,— and the same was referred to the committee on Public Safety.

On motion of Mr. Brewer, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Clancy (accompanied by bill) of Edward J. Clancy, Jr., and Douglas W. Petersen (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to authorizing the town of Swampscott to issue pension obligation bonds [Local approval received],— and the same was referred to the committee on Public Service.
Severally sent to the House for 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 report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1116) of Brian P. Lees, Dennis M. Murphy and Elizabeth A. Malia for legislation relative to the enforcement of the seat belt law,— was considered, the question being on accepting the adverse report.
On motion of Mr. Moore, the further consideration thereof was postponed until Thursday, April 6.

The House Bill relative to foothold traps and certain other devices (House, No. 4884),— was considered, the main question being on ordering the bill to a third reading.
On motion of Ms. Fargo, the further consideration thereof was postponed until Tuesday, February 8.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill amending the one trial system for civil cases in certain counties (Senate, No. 1954),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2088).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2088) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill to improve the emergency medical services system (House, No. 1946),— ought to pass, with an amendment in section 3 (as printed), by striking out, in subsection 10(d) of chapter 111C of the General Laws, the words “Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (e) below, no” (inserted by amendment by the House) and inserting in place thereof the following word:— “No”; and by striking out subsection 10(e) of said chapter 111C (inserted by amendment by the House).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to the terms of certain bonds and notes issued by the Commonwealth (printed in House, No. 4938),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to the construction and maintenance of the statewide Vietnam veterans memorial at Green Hill Park in the city of Worcester (House, No. 4481),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Messrs. Moore and Brewer, and the bill was ordered to a third reading.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the maximum age requirement for initial appointment to the Department of State Police (see House, No. 4878), 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 5 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

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