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Thursday, February 25, 1999.
Met at three minutes past one o'clock P.M.
Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Lees, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian P. Lees, Shannon P. O'Brien, Treasurer and Receiver-General, Daniel E. Bosley and Michael W. Morrissey for legislation to provide additional security to the Commonwealth's unclaimed check fund;
By Ms. Melconian (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Nicholas C. Casey for legislation to increase the penalties of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquors; and
By Mr. Tisei (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jim Sumner for legislation to amend the classifications of risks and premium charges for automobile insurance;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
A petition (having been filed in the Office of the Senate Clerk prior to
five o'clock P.M., on Wednesday, December 2, 1998, and having been transmitted to the
Secretary of the Commonwealth under the provisions of Section 5 of Chapter 3 of the General
Laws, and returned by him with memoranda relative thereto) was referred as follows to
Mr. Tarr presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1725) of Bruce E. Tarr for legislation to authorize certain structures to be exempted from certain harbor lines within Smith Cove, Gloucester Harbor, in the city of Gloucester, and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
On motion of Mr. Morrissey, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were
suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Brewer (accompanied by bill) of Stephen M.
Brewer, Department of Veterans Services, by Robert McKean, director, State Veterans
Cemeteries, Harold M. Lane, Jr., Guy W. Glodis and other members of the General Court for
legislation to grant high school diplomas to veterans of World War II, and the same
was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Ms. Fargo presented the following order, to wit:
"Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Monday at eleven o'clock A.M., and that the Clerk be authorized to dispense with the printing of a calendar; when the Senate adjourns on Monday it adjourn to meet on the following Tuesday (March 2) at two o'clock P.M., and that, notwithstanding the provisions of an order previously adopted, full consideration by the Senate shall be allowed on Tuesday (March 2) on the Senate Bill increasing the minimum wage (Senate, No. 1706); and provided further that only amendments to said bill which were filed with the Clerk, prior to ten o'clock A.M., on last Wednesday (February 24), shall be considered at said sitting."
The order was considered forthwith; and there being no objection, it was adopted.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Panagiotakos) "congratulating the town of Groton on the renovation and expansion of the Historic Groton Public Library"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tarr) "congratulating Ann M. Smith on the occasion of her one hundred and eighth birthday".
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Notice was received that the Speaker had announced that Representative Richie of Boston has been relieved of duty (at her own request) from the special commission established (under Section 18 of Chapter 257 of the Acts of 1998, and most recently revived and continued by Chapter 475 of the Acts of 1998) to make an investigation and study of low income housing in the city of Lowell, and that Representative Koczera of New Bedford has been appointed the chairperson of said commission on the part of the House.
A Bill relative to adoption and promoting the welfare of children (House, No. 3965, amended on House, No. 279), was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to reinstituting the death penalty in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3963);
To the committee on Criminal Justice.
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to convention and exhibition centers (House, No. 3964);
To the committee on State Administration.
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to providing for an accelerated transportation development and improvement program for the Commonwealth (House, No. 3962);
To the committee on Transportation.
A Bill authorizing the town of Westford to transfer care, custody and
control of a certain parcel of land in Westford from its water commission to its cemetery
commission (House, No. 4107, on House, No. 2946) [Local approval received on
House, No. 2946], was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Magnani, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: "An Act authorizing the town of Westford to transfer care, custody and control of a certain parcel of land from its water commission to its cemetery commission".
Without taking action on the matter in the Orders of Day, on motion of Mr. Tisei, at seven minutes past one o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.