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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, February 24, 2003.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair).

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

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “recognizing the month of March as Women’s History Month”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Jacques and Mr. Barrios) “recognizing the day of silence”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. O’Leary and Ms. Murray) “congratulating Philip A. Rollins upon his retirement as District Attorney of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket County”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Scott E. Rodrigues upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Benjamin Harris Cohen of Sharon upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

Reports.

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of the Worcester County House of Correction and Jail (received Tuesday, February 4, 2003),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Massachusetts Highway Department (under the provisions of Item 6010-0001 and 6010-1000 of Chapter 184 of the Acts of 2002) (submitting quarterly reports on bond funded expenditures (received Monday, February 3, 2003);

A report of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (under the provisions of Section 17 of Chapter 23E of the General Laws) relative to the state of the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system (received Wednesday, February 12, 2003);

A report of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (under the provisions of Section 9 of Chapter 87 of the Acts of 2000) relative to the status of the Central Artery/Tunnel project (received Friday, February 14, 2003); and

A report of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (under the provisions of Section 5(1) of Chapter 152 of the Acts of 1997) relative to the status of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Project (received Friday, February 14, 2003).

Petitions.

Mr. Glodis presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Guy W. Glodis for legislation relative to an attorney’s lien in cases involving contingent fee agreements with clients,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Mr. Tisei presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1945) of Richard R. Tisei (by vote of the town) for legislation to amend the Selectmen-Town Administrator form of government in the town of Stoneham [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

The following petitions (having been deposited in the Office of the Senate Clerk prior to five o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, December 4, 2002) were referred as follows:

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1947) of Stephen M. Brewer and Reed V. Hillman (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Palmer to establish a special revenue fund [Local approval received];

By Ms. Murray (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1948) of Therese Murray (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Pembroke to exchange a parcel of town forest land for land held for school purposes [Local approval received.]
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1946) of Stephen M. Brewer, Susan C. Fargo and Brian Knuutilla (by vote of the town) for legislation to exempt the town of Ashburnham from assessments by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority [Local approval received.]
To the committee on Transportation.
Severally to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Richard T. Moore for legislation to ban the sale of ephedra.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Lees, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Health Care.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Marian Walsh and Robert K. Coughlin for legislation relative to the Dedham-Westwood Water District.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Lees, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2011) of Mark V. Falzone, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Thomas M. McGee and Jarrett T. Barrios (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize Peter Cicolini to continue employment with the police department of the town of Saugus, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2012) of Robert K. Coughlin and Marian Walsh (by vote of the town) relative to the residency requirement for the position of town administrator in the town of Dedham;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2013) of Nicholas J. Kolofoles, Michael J. Sullivan (mayor), William Lantigua, Susan C. Tucker, Barry R. Finegold and others (members of the city council) (with the approval of said council) relative to the mailing of property tax bills in the city of Lawrence;
To the committee on Taxation.

Order Adopted.

Ms. Murray offered the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a formal session, without a calendar, and that full consideration be allowed on a report of a committee of conference with reference to the House amendments to 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). The question before the Senate shall be on acceptance of the committee report.
The order was considered forthwith; and, there being no objection, it was adopted.

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