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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, March 7, 2006.

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

The Senator from Bristol and Norfolk, Mr. Timilty, then led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4694) of Deborah D. Blumer and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Framingham be authorized to recall elected officials of said town,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Election Laws.


Of the committee on Transportation, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2378) of Marc R. Pacheco and David L. Flynn for legislation to authorize the Department of Highways to convey and acquire certain parcels of land in the town of Bridgewater,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
Of the committee on Ways and Means, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the House Bill to simplify and facilitate the establishment of a municipal lighting plant by the town of Lexington (House, No. 4204),— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
Were severally considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence, insomuch as relates to the reference to the joint committee.

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Buoniconti, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill to strengthen waterways law enforcement (Senate, No. 546, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the sale of land in Quincy by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (Senate, No. 2190),— ought to pass, with amendments, striking out section 3 and inserting in place thereof the following section:—
“SECTION 3. In accordance with subsection (d) of section 9 of chapter 372 of the acts of 1984, the Massachusetts water resources authority, notwithstanding any other general or special law, ordinance or regulation to the contrary, may convey to the city of Quincy, for nominal consideration, a certain parcel of land owned by the authority in the city of Quincy, consisting of approximately 123,625 square feet. The parcel of land, generally located on South street and Cleverly court, is more particularly described as parcel 13 in a plan entitled ‘General Dynamics, Quincy and Braintree, Mass.’ (consisting of a plan index and 14 drawings numbered 150.011M to 150.151M, inclusive, but excluding 150.081M), dated October 15, 1986, and November 4, 1986, as revised, by New England Survey Service, recorded November 16, 1987 with the Norfolk County registry of deed in plan book 361 as plan no. 1372 of 1987, sheets 1 through 15, and on file with the authority.”; and by inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to authorize the Massachusetts water resources authority to dispose of real property in Quincy no longer needed for the waterworks system, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Timilty, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2190, amended) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Buoniconti, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of James E. Timilty for legislation relative to the supervision of electricians.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Timilty, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.

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