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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

Monday, March 15, 1999.

at four minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

Report.

A report of the Blackstone River and Canal Commission submitting a copy of its report for the year 1998 (received Monday, March 15, 1999),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

Petition.

Ms. Tucker presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Tucker and David M. Nangle for legislation relative to the eligible list for appointment to the State Police,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) "congratulating Anita J. Raymond";
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) "congratulating John Stewart on the occasion of his retirement"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tarr) "on the dedication of the Shriners Burns Hospital".

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Clancy, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Dorothy Checchi-O'Brien for legislation to require written permission to hunt and/or trap on private land.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Clancy, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the position of deputy fire chief of the fire department of the city of Springfield (House, No. 3794,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill relative to residency for police and fire (Senate, No. 953, changed).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the bill was read a second time. On further motion of the same Senator, the bill was then referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill permitting a city council member in a municipality to be employed by such municipality (House, No. 3719, amended).
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Clancy, and the bill was read a second time. An amendment, presented by Mr. Antonioni, by inserting after the enacting clause the following sections:—
"SECTION 1. Section 6A of chapter 39 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1996 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 8, the words town council in a municipality with a' and inserting in place thereof the following words:— city or town council in a municipality with a city or.
SECTION 2. Section 17A of chapter 43 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 4 and 5, the words town council in a municipality with a' and inserting in place thereof the following words:— city or town council in a municipality with a city or.",— was considered; and adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, so as to read as follows: "An Act allowing certain municipal employees to serve as city councillors."

Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to increasing the penalties for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (House, No. 4180);
To the committee on Criminal Justice.
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to allowing the imposition of conditions on persons admitted to bail (House, No. 4181);
To the committee on the Judiciary.
Message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating certain action taken at certain town meetings of the town of Chilmark (House, No. 4182);
To the committee on Local Affairs.
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to reducing drug and alcohol crimes committed by juveniles (House, No. 4183); and
Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to motor vehicle violations by a minor (House, No. 4184);
Severally to the committee on Public Safety. Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to compliance with life safety codes, remediation of environmental hazards, and the preservation and management of the Commonwealth's real property assets (House, No. 4185);
To the committee on State Administration.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4171) of Christopher J. Hodgkins and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. (by vote of the town) relative to recall elections in the town of Sheffield; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4172) of Patrick F. Landers III, Stephen M. Brewer and Thomas M. Petrolati (by vote of the town) relative to providing for the election of a town clerk in the town of Belchertown;
Severally to the committee on Election Laws. Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4173) of Harold M. Lane, Jr., and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) that the town of Winchendon be authorized to convey certain open space land to the Commonwealth for use as a veterans' cemetery; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4174) of John F. Quinn, Robert M. Koczera and David B. Sullivan (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Freetown to borrow money outside its debt limit without the approval of certain agencies of the Commonwealth;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4175) of Stephen P. LeDuc (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to exempt certain positions in the city of Marlborough from provisions of the civil service law;
To the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4176) of David B. Cohen (mayor), Peter J. Koutoujian, Rachel Kaprielian, Kay Khan, Ruth B. Balser and Cynthia Stone Creem (with the approval of the mayor and board of aldermen) that the city of Newton be authorized to hold auctions for the sale of motor vehicles;
To the committee on State Administration.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4177) of Paul E. Caron (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to the financial management structure and the appointment of a city auditor in the city of Springfield; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4178) of Christopher J. Hodgkins and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. (by vote of the town) relative to real estate tax exemptions for members of the volunteer fire department of the town of Monterey;
Severally to the committee on Taxation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—
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. Tarr, at nine minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.