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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, March 1, 1999.

Met at four minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.


Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of certain correctional facilities in the Commonwealth:
Of the Southeastern Correctional Center, in the town of Bridgewater (received Tuesday, February 23, 1999); and
Of the Souza-Baronowski Correctional Center, in the town of Shirley (received Tuesday, February 23, 1999),— were severally read and sent to the House for its information.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:
A report of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy, Telecommunications Division (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 25 of the General Laws, as amended by Section 29 of Chapter 164 of the acts of 1997) submitting its annual report for the fiscal year 1998 (received Tuesday, February 23,1999);
A report of the Division of Employment and Training (under the provisions of Section 14G of Chapter 151A of the General Laws) submitting a copy of the report on the status of the Medical Security Program for the quarter ending September 30, 1998 (received Tuesday, February 23, 1999); and
A report of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (under the provisions of Section 8(g) of Chapter 161B of the General Laws) submitting a copy of its 1998 annual report (received Tuesday, February 23, 1999).


Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Antonioni, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. Antonioni that provisions be made for an investigation and study by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential dwellings; and
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Palmer to grant an additional liquor license for the Palmer Inn [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of a Committee.

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs, on petition, a Bill establishing a community care ombudsman to assist elders (Senate, No. 597); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to preserve home health care in Massachusetts (Senate, No. 606);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "in recognition of the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the Orthodox Congregational Church of Petersham"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) "congratulating Congressman Richard E. Neal."

Pursuant to an order previously adopted, on motion of Mr. Knapik, at five minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at two o'clock P.M.