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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Thursday, March 3, 2005.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Wilkerson in the Chair).

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Ms. Wilkerson) handed the gavel to Senators Resor and Chandler for the purpose of introducing the Algonquin Regional High School boys soccer team. The soccer team is the Division I State Champion. The team was accompanied by several parents of the players, school Superintendent Milligan and Representatives Leduc of Marlborough and Naughton of Clinton.

There being no objection, the Chair (Ms. Wilkerson) introduced, seated in the gallery, students from the Cardinal Cushing School. The students were accompanied by Representative Sannicandro of Ashland.


A report of the Joint Committee on Public Safety (2003-2004) entitled “Reducing Gang Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” (Senate, No. 26) (received Thursday, February 17, 2005),— was placed on file.


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 139) of Patricia A. Haddad and Joan M. Menard (by vote of the town) relative to establishing the office of collector-treasurer in the town of Swansea,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.


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

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Augustus and McGee) “recognizing Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “congratulating John F. Burns, Jr. on his extraordinary efforts to promote stem cell research”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “on the occasion of the retirement of Detective Barbara DiNatale”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “on the retirement of Chief James F. Killinger”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Nathan Elisiah Holt upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Marion Fire Department.”


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 138) of A. Stephen Tobin for legislation to authorize the Trial Court to establish a sick leave bank for Sean Glennon, an employee of said court,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.

On motion of the same Senator, at twenty-nine minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.