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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003.

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

The Chair (Ms. Walsh), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Communication.

A communication from the Joint Committee on Election Laws submitting its rules of procedure for the 2003-2004 legislative session (received Friday, March 14, 2003),— was placed on file.

Reports.

A report of the Massachusetts Capital Resource Company (under the provisions of Section 20 of Chapter 816 of the Acts of 1977) submitting its twenty-sixth annual report (Senate, No. 1959) (received Monday, March 3, 2003),— was referred to the committee on Taxation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Massachusetts Port Authority (under the provisions of Chapter 246 of the Acts of 2002) relative to a feasibility study for users of the fast lane at Tobin Memorial Bridge (received Wednesday, February 26, 2003); and

A report of Wonderland Greyhound Park, Inc. (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 128C of the General Laws) submitting copies of simulcasting contracts entered into by Wonderland (received Monday, March 3, 2003).

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 the inspection of the Worcester County House of Correction and Jail (received Thursday, March 6, 2003); 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 the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center (received Friday, March 7, 2003).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Joyce, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian A. Joyce for legislation to authorize the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to enter into long-term leases for Metropolitan District Commission owned skating rinks; and

By Mr. Rosenberg, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stanley C. Rosenberg, Ellen Story and Stephen Kulik for legislation relative to bilingual education in the Amherst Pelham Regional School District;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 458) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., Robert L. Hedlund, Bruce E. Tarr, Stephen M. Brewer and other members of the General Court 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;

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 428) of Joan M. Menard for legislation relative to the certification of speech language pathology assistants and audiology assistants,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Health Care;

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 488) of Susan C. Tucker, Richard T. Moore, Robert M. Koczera, Jarrett T. Barrios and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the licensure of social workers,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 409) of Guy W. Glodis, Robert A. DeLeo, Paul Kujawski, Emile J. Goguen and Robert L. Hedlund for legislation relative to the registration of armored car companies and the training and licensure of armored car guards; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 449) of Michael W. Morrissey for legislation relative to the composition, compensation and duties of the Board of Elevator Regulations members;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Public Safety.
Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were severally considered forthwith and accepted.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “congratulating C/2 Lt. Garrett Sobalvarro on receiving the Billy Mitchell Award”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hart) “on the occasion of the eightieth birthday of Margaret ‘Peggy’ Callahan”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lees) “on the occasion of the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the town of Hampden.”

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Joan M. Menard, David L. Flynn, Steven C. Panagiotakos, Vincent A. Pedone and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish the Massachusetts gaming control act.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Government Regulations.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

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.

Recess.

There being no objection, at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Walsh) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at four minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Walsh in the Chair.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill making appropriations for fiscal year 2003 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations (House, No. 3719,— on House, No. 2020, in part),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at three minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Chair (Ms. Walsh) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at twenty-two minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Walsh in the Chair.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill making appropriations for fiscal year 2003 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations (see House, No. 3719) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted and was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at twenty-three minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.