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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, March 15, 2001.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).

 

Communications.

The following communications were severally placed on file:

Communication from the National White Collar Crime Center submitting a listing of nationwide criminal justice, regulatory and administrative agencies who work together on organized economic crime (received Monday, March 5, 2001);

Communication from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (under the provisions of Section 8 of Chapter 34B of the General Laws) submitting a revised amortization schedule for the former Worcester County (received Tuesday, March 13, 2001); and

A communication from the Joint Committee on Banks and Banking submitting its rules of procedure for the 2001-2002 legislative session (received Wednesday, March 14, 2001).

 

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to an inspection of the Franklin Jail (received Monday, March 5, 2001); and

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to the inspection of Middlesex Jail in Cambridge (received Thursday, March 8, 2001).

 

Petition — Local Approval Received.

A petition (previously filed by Mrs. Sprague and received in the Office of the Clerk of the Senate prior to five o’clock P.M. on Wednesday, December 6, 2000 and awaiting local approval from the town under Joint Rule 7B) (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1827) of Jo Ann Sprague and Scott P. Brown for legislation to authorize the disposal of certain septic waste at the septage facility of the town of Walpole [Local approval received],— was referred to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Jajuga (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James Thivierge for legislation relative to an ombudsman board for state managers;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James Thivierge for legislation relative to property tax abatements for those property owners whose real estate abuts a toxic waste site;

By Ms. Murray, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Therese Murray, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Thomas J. O’Brien and Viriato Manuel deMacedo for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Christine Oteri, an employee of the Trial Court; and

By Mrs. Sprague, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jo Ann Sprague and Louis L. Kafka for legislation to designate a certain bridge in the town of Sharon as the Lance Corporal Daniel J. Dabreu Memorial Bridge;

Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Magnani, for the Senate committee on Science and Technology, on petition, a Bill relative to Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (Senate, No. 1793);

Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred on to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, on Senate, Nos. 374 and 417, a Bill relative to licensed veterans organizations (Senate, No. 417); and

By Mr. Havern, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill designating the intersection of Southern Artery and Washington Street in Quincy as the William P. Draicchio intersection (Senate, No. 1777, changed by striking out Section 2 and inserting in place thereof the following:—

“SECTION 2. The department of highways, in conjunction with the department of public works of the city of Quincy, shall erect suitable markers at said location bearing said designation in compliance with standards of said highway department. Said department of public works shall be responsible for the maintenance of said markers.”);

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 increasing the maximum parking fines in the city of Somerville from fifteen dollars to thirty dollars except as otherwise provided by ordinance (Senate, No. 1819) [Local approval received];

Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

 By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 456) of Bruce E. Tarr, Anthony J. Verga, Scott P. Brown, Mary Jeannette Murray and Brian M. Cresta for legislation to further regulate the serving or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to persons under twenty-one years of age;

Referred, under Senate Rule 36, to the committee on Steering and Policy.

 

Committees Discharged.

Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 238) of Harriette L. Chandler for legislation relative to the disposition of museum property; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 279) of Stephen F. Lynch, Martin J. Walsh and John A. Hart, Jr., for legislation to require school districts to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on the Judiciary; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 273) of Brian P. Lees, Bruce E. Tarr and Jo Ann Sprague for legislation relative to local school committee authorization for the sale of advertising space on school buses,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Safety.

Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 438) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., and Daniel E. Bosley for legislation relative to the fee charged for a license of a specially trained dog for disabled persons,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Counties.

Mr. Pacheco, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1107) Steven C. Panagiotakos, David M. Nangle, Thomas A. Golden, Jr., and Kevin J. Murphy for legislation to establish a clean environment fund in order to promote recycling and protect the environment in the Commonwealth; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1108) of Steven C. Panagiotakos for legislation to establish a separate fund known as the clean environment fund to expand recycling programs;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Energy.

Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were severally considered forthwith and accepted. Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4035) of Rachel Kaprielian (by vote of the town council) relative to the assessment of property taxes in the city known as the town of Watertown,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Taxation.

Reports

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3925) of Vincent A. Pedone relative to the aggregation of electrical loads by municipalities; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3926) of Douglas W. Petersen and other members of the House for legislation to fund energy efficiency programs for low income families in the Commonwealth;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Energy.

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1586) of George Rogers and Rachel Kaprielian relative to the establishment of a board of registration for massage therapists; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2160) of Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a board of registration of interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing persons;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Health Care.

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1585) of George Rogers relative to the licensing of septic systems installers by the Department of Environmental Protection,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 603) of Edward G. Connolly, Scott P. Brown, Brian Knuuttila and another relative to notifications by building inspectors to owners of buildings deemed to be unsafe; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1182) of Kathi-Anne Reinstein and Robert A. DeLeo for legislation to regulate the sale and use of paintball game equipment;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Public Safety.

Were severally considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “in honor of Abington’s Vietnam veterans”;

Resolutions filed by Messrs. Knapik, Brewer, Clancy, Creedon, Glodis, Ms. Jacques, Mr. Lees, Ms. Melconian, Messrs. O’Leary, Pacheco, Shannon, Tarr, Tolman, and Ms. Tucker) “on the occasion of Irish-American Heritage Month”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lynch) “memorializing Congress to enact legislation to provide parity of benefits to all retired career military personnel”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) ”congratulating William J. Maloney, Jr., on being named Man of the Year by the Friends of Saint Patrick”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “congratulating Christopher Rafferty of Melrose upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4037) of Viriato Manuel deMacedo, Therese Murray and Thomas J. O’Brien for legislation to authorize the Department of Mental Health to establish a sick leave bank for Elizabeth Menslage, an employee of said department,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

 

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Tewksbury to convey certain conservation land (Senate, No. 1047),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tisei,—

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