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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts  

Monday, February 4, 2002.

Met at five 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).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Ms. Creem, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem, Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., Robert A. O’Leary, Robert M. Koczera and other members of the General Court for legislation to update and clarify the tax laws regarding individual retirement accounts and to study the impact of recent changes to federal tax laws;

By Ms. Fargo, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Fargo, Peter J. Koutoujian, Thomas M. Stanley and Steven A. Tolman for legislation to protect Deaconess-Waltham Hospital; and

By Ms. Walsh, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marian Walsh, Richard T. Moore, Patricia A. Walrath and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect children from physical and sexual abuse;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 391), an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Government Regulations to make an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 391, relative to alcoholic beverages (Senate, No. 2237);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 418), a Bill relative to the sale of wines at auctions (Senate, No. 2238);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to infectious disease control (House, No. 4875,— on House, No. 4158),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A report of the committee on Taxation, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4218) of Marc R. Pacheco, Steven Kulik and other members of the General Court relative to promoting the sale of local farm products through tax incentives and other methods, and recommending that the same be referred to the House committee on Ways and Means,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence, insomuch as relates to the discharge of the joint committee.

A communication from the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERAC) (under the provisions of Section 50 of Chapter 7 of the General Laws) submitting emergency rules and regulations governing the ability of public employees of the Commonwealth to use assets in other retirement accounts to purchase creditable service (House, No. 4888),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) “congratulating the Super Bowl XXXVI Champion New England Patriots”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lees) “commending the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project’s celebration of Febrary 6, 2002 as Ronald Reagan Day.”

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 authorizing the town of Uxbridge to establish a capital improvement fund (House, No. 4294),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill relative to voting precincts in the town of Framingham (House, No. 4805),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:

Limiting the amount of fees that staffing agencies may charge employees for transportation (see Senate, No. 2095); and

Authorizing the town of Fairhaven to issue an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4321).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Murray,—

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