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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, February 18, 2003.

Met at four minutes past one o’clock P.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

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

The Chair (Ms. Walsh) stated that the Senate was convening later than the hour it had previously scheduled due to the snow emergency, and the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency last evening.


A report of the Special Committee established (pursuant to an Order adopted by the Senate on January 16, 2003) to recommend methods for mitigating the effect of local aid reductions (Senate, No. 1944) (received Friday, February 14, 2003),— was placed on file.

Paper from the House.

The Senate Bill making appropriations for fiscal year 2003 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (Senate, No. 1943),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 2022.
There being no objection, the House amendment was considered forthwith. The Senate NON-concurred in the House amendment and asked for a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches; and Senators Murray, Panagiotakos and Knapik were appointed to the committee on the part of the Senate.
The bill was returned to the House endorsed accordingly.
Subsequently, the bill was returned with endorsement that the House insisted on its amendment and concurred in the appointment of a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches and that Representatives Rogers of Norwood, Larkin of Pittsfield and deMacedo of Plymouth had been appointed on a part of the House


There being no objection, at a quarter past one o’clock P.M., the Chair (Ms. Walsh) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at nine minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Walsh in the Chair.

Papers from the House.
Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the office of the District Attorney for the Eastern District (see Senate, No. 1925), 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 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the Senate, came from the House with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.


The Clerk read the following communication:

February 18, 2003.

Mr. Patrick F. Scanlan
Clerk of the Massachusetts Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

I was out of the state during the formal Senate session on February 13, 2003, and therefore, was not present for four roll call votes relative to the Supplemental Appropriations bill.

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on the following amendments:

No. 1 Massachusetts Registry of Deeds Technological Fund;

No. 21 To extend the statute of limitations on actionable events rising from certain transportation projects in the Commonwealth; and

No. 35 Healthy Families Newborn Home Visiting Program.

In addition, to these amendments, I would have voted in the affirmative regarding engrossment of the bill, as amended.

I would appreciate your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate Journal.

Thank you for your assistance with this request.

State Senator,
Hampshire and Franklin.

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

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hart,—

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. Hart, at two minutes past two o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.