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Monday, February 14, 2000.
Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.
The President introduced, seated in the Gallery, the High School of Commerce football team of the city of Springfield. The team is the 1999 Division IIIA Superbowl Champions. The team was accompanied by Principal Jerome Winegar, Coach Todd Kosel and Assistant Coaches Trent Holmes and Tony Gladden. They were the guests of Senator Melconian.
Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Jajuga, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James P. Jajuga, Richard T. Moore, George N. Peterson, Jr., Robert A. Bernstein and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to providing a special retirement benefit to Marilyn Hanna; and
By Ms. Tucker, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Tucker and Barry R. Finegold (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the conservation commission of the town of Andover to grant an easement for sewer construction [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Ms. Melconian, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Safety to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to distinctive plates (Senate, No. 1834), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1168) of Jo Ann Sprague, Thomas J. Daley, Susan W. Pope, Mary Jeanette Murray, Martin J. Walsh and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to distinctive emblems,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Public Safety.
Under Senate Rule 26, the report was considered forthwith and adopted.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5012) of James E. Vallee (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish the position of deputy chief of police in the city known as the town of Franklin,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Bernstein) “congratulating Harold H. Reisner on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “honoring Louis E. ‘Ted’ Hoegler on being named 1999 Willis D. McLean Citizen of the Year”.
The engrossed Bill relative to the practice of public accountancy (Senate, No. 368) (which on Thursday, February 3, 2000, had been laid before the Governor for his approbation), was returned to the Senate Clerk by the Governor on Friday, February 11, 2000, at eighteen minutes past three o’clock P.M., recommending an amendment.
The message (Senate, No. 2096) was read and the Senate proceeded to reconsider the bill, in accordance with the provisions of Article LVI of the Amendments to the Constitution.
Pending action thereon, the bill was referred to the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, on motion of Mr. Moore.
There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House Bill relative to the charter of the town of Norton (House, No. 4717),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
By Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of William F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to reauthorize the Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5015) of Charles A. Murphy and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide an income tax deduction for certain military service personnel on extended active duty,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Taxation.
On motion of Mr. Bernstein, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Nuciforo (accompanied by bill) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., and Daniel E. Bosley for legislation relative to municipal liability for injuries sustained in municipal skateboard parks,— and the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
On motion of Mr. Moore, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Nuciforo (accompanied by bill) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., and Stephen Kulik for legislation relative to licensing of foresters and timber harvesters,— and the same was referred to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.
The Clerk read the following communication:
February 10, 2000.
Mr. Patrick F. Scanlan
Clerk of the Massachusetts Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Mr. Clerk:
On February 8, 2000, I had a commitment outside of the building and therefore I was unable to be present for roll call votes taken on the following matters:
S1534 — Relative to extending certain property tax exemptions to the surviving spouses of disabled veterans, and
S2089 — Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2000 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.
Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on both matters. I would appreciate your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate Journal. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
On motion of Ms. Melconian, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
An engrossed Bill providing for the licensing of perfusionists (see House, No. 1183, amended) (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.
On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow 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 a quarter past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M.