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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, March 11, 2002.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Petition.

Mr. Joyce presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian A. Joyce, Shirley Owens-Hicks and Walter F. Timilty (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to interest income from the Milton community schools’ account [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to punishing flights from arrest (House, No. 4944);
To the committee on Criminal Justice.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to accelerating and improving the English language acquisition and educational performance of non-English speaking students (House, No. 4895);
To the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4939) of Vincent A. Pedone, John J. Binienda, James B. O’Leary, Robert Spellane and John P. Fresolo (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to a conservation restriction on Green Hill Park in the city of Worcester; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4940) of Karyn E. Polito and Guy W. Glodis (by vote of the town) that the town of Shrewsbury be authorized to establish a special fund for the renovation, construction and equipping of school buildings;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4941) of Benjamin Swan and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to municipal employees of the city of Springfield summonsed to active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States;
To the committee on Public Service.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “congratulating Dennis William Looney on the occasion of his retirement after 30 years of service to people with mental retardation”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Joshua Michael Thomas of Rehoboth upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tolman) “recognizing the outstanding contributions of Ernest E. Fay to the town of Belmont and the Commonwealth.”

Communication.

The Clerk read the following communication:

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

March 8, 2001.

Mr. Patrick F. Scanlan
Massachusetts Senate Clerk
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

Due to a long standing scheduling conflict, I was unable to attend the February 28th formal session and I was therefore unable to be present for roll call votes taken on the following matters:

An Act Providing Equitable Coverage of Services under Health Plans (S. 2139)

An Act Relative to the Environmental Protection of the Massachusetts Military Reservation (S. 2180)

An Act Allowing the Release of Police Reports to School Administrators (S. 1212)

An Act Providing for Capital Facility Improvements (S. 2270)

An Act Relative to the Maximum Fee for Bail (H. 843)

An Act Relative to the Appointment of the Joint Rules of the Two Branches of the General Court (H. 2824)

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on all six of these matters. I respectfully request this correspondence be read into the record at the next Senate session. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

PAMELA P. RESOR,
Middlesex and Worcester Districts.

On motion of Ms. Chandler, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Susan C. Fargo, Peter J. Koutoujian, Thomas M. Stanley and Steven A. Tolman for legislation to protect Deaconess-Waltham Hospital.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Health Care.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Steven A. Tolman for legislation to authorize the commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission to lease certain land in the city of Newton.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, 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.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4947) of Peter J. Larkin and other members of the General Court relative to enhancing English opportunities for students of the Commonwealth; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4948) of Antonio F. D. Cabral and other members of the General Court relative to standards and accountability concerning bilingual education in the Commonwealth;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4949) of James R. Miceli and Susan C. Tucker that the State Retirement Board be directed to grant certain creditable service to Christine Sprague for retirement purposes;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:

Relative to the declaration of noncash dividends by trust companies (see Senate, No. 1873);

Relative to production of records for review by the State Auditor (see House, No. 3); and

Relative to civil service in the city known as the town of Weymouth (see House, No. 4019).

Engrossed Bill — Amended.

An engrossed Bill relative to the one trial system for civil cases in certain counties (see Senate, No. 1937, amended) (which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage,— was put upon its final passage.

Pending the question on passing the bill to be enacted, on motion of Ms. Chandler, Senate Rule 49 was suspended.

Mr. Creedon presented the following amendment in section 20, by striking out, in line 7, the words “period of 30 months commencing on March 1, 2002” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— “period of 29 months commencing on April 1, 2002”.
The amendment was adopted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Shannon,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday 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. Hedlund, at eleven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.