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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, February 28, 2000.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.

Communication.

A communication from the Secretary of the Vermont Senate transmitting resolutions adopted by the Vermont Legislature relative to the need for national leadership to address the high cost of medically necessary prescription drugs (received Monday, February 28, 2000),— was placed on file.

Petition.

Mr. Glodis presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2108) of Guy W. Glodis and George N. Peterson, Jr. (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the charter of the town of Sutton [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Pacheco, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 993), an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of a certain current Senate document numbered 993, regarding environmental enforcement (Senate, No. 2106);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5026) of Shaun P. Kelly and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. (by vote of the town) relative to the board of selectmen and the zoning enforcement officer of the town of Becket,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

A Bill allowing forensic evaluations at certain facilities (House, No. 2712,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills

Authorizing the town of Billerica to establish a certain fund (House, No. 4147,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Authorizing the town of Randolph to establish a department of veteran’s and elderly affairs revolving fund (House, No. 4946, changed,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Notice was received that the Speaker had announced that Representatives Harkins of Needham, Dempsey of Haverhill and Hargraves of Groton had been appointed as the membership on the part of the House of the special commission established (under Section 333 of Chapter 127 of the Acts of 1999) to examine the current funding and administration of the school building assistance program.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Neil Blanchette of Seekonk upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill improving access to cost effective rehabilitation counseling (Senate, No. 716),— ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft entitled “An Act improving access to rehabilitation counseling” (Senate, No. 2110).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2110) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to diabetes cost reduction (Senate, No. 1921),— ought to pass, with an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2109).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2109) was then ordered to a third reading.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House No. 5034) of David T. Donnelly and Martin J. Walsh for legislation to authorize the Trial Court to establish a sick leave bank for Joseph Coleman, an employee of said court;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5033) of Marie J. Parente, Guy W. Glodis and Richard T. Moore that the Mendon-Upton Regional School District be authorized to grant a certain easement to the town of Upton, notwithstanding the provisions of the uniform procurement law;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Petition.

On motion of Ms. Murray, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Brewer (accompanied by bill) of Stephen M. Brewer, Brian P. Lees, James P. Jajuga, Therese Murray and other members of the General Court for legislation to exempt veterans from the tuition requirements of police and firefighting academies,— and the same was referred to the committee on Human Services and Elderly affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of Committees.

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 Jens E. Thorton for legislation relative to designating certain park lands as Harvest River Park.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Order Adopted.
The following House order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Local Affairs be granted until Friday, March 10, 2000, the time within which to make its final report on current Senate document number 2078, concerning the transfer of certain land in the town of Russell.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Tisei, at twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.