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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, February 11, 1999.

Met at six minutes past eleven o'clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair).

Seat Assignment Change.

The President announced that the Senator from Suffolk and Norfolk, Mr. Joyce, has been assigned seat number 10 on the President's Left.

Special Commission Appointments.

A communication was received from the President announcing the appointments of Aaron Gornstein, Mayor John T. Yunits, Jr., Elizabeth T. Foote, Robert H. Kuehn, Jr., and Vivien Li to the Brownfields advisory group (established pursuant to subsection (1) of Section 29A of Chapter 206 of the Acts of 1998), was placed on file.


A communication from Diane Wholly, Director, Fiscal Services, Bridgewater Correctional Complex, submitting plans for corrective actions relative to inspection of said facility (received Thursday, January 21, 1999), was placed on file.


The following reports were severally read and placed on file:
A report of the Department of Education (under the provisions of Section 367 of Chapter 194 of the Acts of 1998) submitting a report on the progress of programs cited in items 7061-9400, 7061-9615, 7061-9620 and 7061-9621 (received Thursday, January 21, 1999);
A report of the Division of Insurance (under the provisions of Section 17 of Chapter 21E of the General Laws) submitting its annual report on the availability of response action contractor liability (received Thursday, January 21, 1999); and
A report of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (under the provisions of Section 21(3)(f) of Chapter 32 of the General Laws) submitting a report pertaining to the cost of living adjustments for retirees and beneficiaries (received Thursday, January 21, 1999).


On motion of Ms. Fargo, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Glodis (accompanied by bill) of Guy W. Glodis and John J. Binienda for legislation to further define enhanced 911 service, and the same was referred to the committee on Government Regulations.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Magnani presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David P. Magnani and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Natick to enter into a lease agreement with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority [Local approval received], and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

The following petition (having been presented prior to five o'clock P.M., on Wednesday, December 2, 1998) was referred, as follows:
By Mr. Rauschenbach, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 7B) of Henri S. Rauschenbach for legislation to authorize the town of Mashpee to sell or lease a certain parcel of land located in said town to the Mashpee Water District, and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) "commending Mary Ann Neary for her eighteen years of distinguished and outstanding service in the State Library of Massachusetts";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "congratulating William J. Simpson of the town of Brookfield";
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Morrissey, Berry, Brewer, Clancy, Creedon, Ms. Creem, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Glodis, Havern, Hedlund, Jajuga, Joyce, Lynch, Magnani, Ms. Melconian, Mr. Moore, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Norton, Panagiotakos, Rosenberg, Shannon, Ms. Sprague, Messrs. Tarr, Tolman, Travaglini, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Wilkerson) "urging His Excellency, Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci, and the Department of Telecommunications and Energy to investigate number conservation measures for area codes in Massachusetts";
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Melconian) "on the two hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of West Springfield"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rosenberg) "honoring Cheryl Messier, District 13 President of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary."

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Nuciforo,
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Tuesday next at eleven o'clock A.M.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at nine minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Tuesday at eleven o'clock A.M.