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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, March 8, 1999.

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

Report.

A report of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (under the provisions of Section 29 of Chapter 164 of the General Laws) submitting an annual report of its activities for the calendar year 1998 (received Thursday, March 4, 1999),— was placed on file.

Communication.

A communication from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (under the provisions of Section 4(f) of Chapter 152 of the Acts of 1997) relative to notices to acquire certain land by eminent domain in conjunction with the development of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; a copy having been transmitted to the Senate Chairman of the joint committee on Transportation (received Monday, March 8, 1999),— was placed on file.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill relative to the establishment of midnight basketball programs (Senate, No. 936);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill establishing a program of assistance for cities and towns for the improvement of services to the youth of the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 945); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill requiring that cities, towns and certain state agencies accepting the transfer of certain police officers compensate the city or town from which the police officers have transferred (Senate, No. 948);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill to provide local option for printing the annual report of the town on a fiscal year basis (Senate, No. 946); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to residency for police and fire (Senate, No. 953, changed in line 1, by inserting after the word "Laws" the words ", as appearing in the 1996 Official Edition," and by inserting after the word "is" the word "hereby"; and in line 2, by striking out all after the word "following" and inserting in place thereof the words:— "'member lives' in line 7, through line 18, inclusive.");
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill relative to the charter of the town of Walpole (Senate, No. 956) [Local approval received]; and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the Rockland Sewer Commission to enter into a contract for the disposal of sewage (Senate, No. 1717) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 955) of Charles E. Shannon for legislation to require the satisfaction of all debts of construction before the issuance of an occupancy permit,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Bernstein, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Raymond V. Mariano, mayor, Thomas R. Hoover, city manager, Robert A. Bernstein, Guy W. Glodis and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the city council) for legislation relative to the implementation of the early intervention program in the city of Worcester [Local approval received];
By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Raymond V. Mariano, mayor, Thomas R. Hoover, city manager, Robert A. Bernstein, William J. McManus, II and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the city council) for legislation to authorize the re-conveyance of park land from the Commonwealth to the city of Worcester [Local approval received];
By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Raymond V. Mariano, mayor, Thomas R. Hoover, city manager, Robert A. Bernstein, Guy W. Glodis and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the city council) for legislation relative to the reinstatement of the employees of the city of Worcester previously retired due to permanent disabilities [Local approval received];
By Ms. Creem, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem, Ronny M. Sydney, Michael W. Morrissey and Paul C. Demakis for legislation relative to the punishment for the crime of domestic violence;
By Mr. Magnani, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David P. Magnani and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish an open space acquisition trust fund and a traffic management trust fund in the town of Natick [Local approval received]; and
By Ms. Murray, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Therese Murray, Brian P. Lees, Charles E. Shannon, Steven C. Panagiotakos and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the prevention of youth crime and violence through interagency cooperation;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill permitting a city council member in a municipality to be employed by such municipality (House, No. 3719, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to further prohibiting and punishing drive-by shootings and the discharge of firearms in the community (House, No. 4157);
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to the punishment of repeat and habitual violent felons (House, No. 4158);
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to enhancing penalties for soliciting or promoting gang violence (House, No. 4159);
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to criminal solicitation (House, No. 4160);
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to deterring illegal firearm transfers (House, No. 4161);
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to aggravated assaults (House, No. 4162); and
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to second and subsequent violations of restraining orders and the violations of a restraining order while armed (House, No. 4163);
Severally to the committee on Criminal Justice.

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to the prevention of discrimination in insurance against victims of abuse (House, No. 4164);
To the committee on Insurance.

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to establishing special gun courts in the Commonwealth (House, No. 4165);
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to further protecting victims of domestic violence from persons released on bail (House, No. 4166); and
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to correcting defects in the laws governing bail (House, No. 4167);
Severally to the committee on the Judiciary.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "congratulating Constance Small";
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) "congratulating Penny Calf on being honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association";
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) "congratulating Duncan Campbell on being named the 1999 Walpole Friends of Saint Patrick Man of the Year"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) "congratulating the Walpole High School Girls Field Hockey Team."

Reports 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 Robert A. Antonioni for legislation to create a superannuation retirement benefit for teachers.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.

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 Thomas Rokus for legislation relative to the excise on certain motor vehicles.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Taxation.

Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at five minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at one minute before three o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Clancy,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o'clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mr. Lees, at three o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.