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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, March 19, 1998.

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

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:
A report of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission (under the provisions of Section 24 of Chapter 10 of the General Laws) submitting its consolidated statements of operations for the lottery and arts lottery funds for the months of June, November and December 1997 (received Wednesday, March 18, 1998); and
Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of certain correctional facilities in the Commonwealth:
Of the Bay State Correctional Center in the town of Norfolk (received Wednesday, March 18, 1998); and
Of the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction in the city of Pittsfield (received Wednesday, March 18, 1998).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Berry, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Frederick E. Berry and Theodore C. Speliotis for legislation to authorize the Division of Capital Planning and Operations to convey a certain parcel of land in the town of Danvers;
By Ms. Fargo, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Fargo for legislation to require a public hearing before the expenditure of certain funds for the management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste;
By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marc R. Pacheco, Byron Rushing, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Pamela P. Resor and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish wireless enhanced 911 services;
By Mr. Tolman, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Warren E. Tolman, Peter J. Larkin, Daniel E. Bosely and Michael W. Morrissey for legislation relative to prepaid calling cards;
By Mr. Travaglini, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert E. Travaglini, Stephen F. Lynch, Paul C. Demakis, Byron Rushing and Warren E. Tolman for legislation to reduce the surcharge on Boston vehicular rental contracts; and
By Ms. Walsh, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marian Walsh, Stephen F. Lynch, David T. Donnelly, Paul C. Demakis and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to vehicular rental transaction contracts in the city of Boston;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Norton, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on the Judiciary to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents (Senate, No. 2047),— reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 829) of William R. Keating and Michael W. Morrissey for legislation to allow judicial members the same rights as others while speaking on matters of public policy,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on the Judiciary.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill relative to the taxability of certain retirement benefits (Senate, No. 2134);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Resolve to create a commission to examine the deferred compensation committee (Senate, No. 2133);
Read and, under Joint Rule 29, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Keating, for the committee on the Judiciary, on petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5357), an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on the Judiciary to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of House document numbered 5357 (Senate, No. 2146);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate bills
To protect the victims of crime (Senate, No. 897);
Establishing the South Shore recycling cooperative (Senate, No. 2102); and
Relative to regional retirement systems (printed as House, No. 5305).

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The recommitted House bills
Relative to the commercial exploitation of certain privacy rights (House, No. 4752) (the committee on the Judiciary having recommended that the bill be amended by substituting an "Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on the Judiciary to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of House document numbered 4752" (Senate, No. 2114); and
Relative to the eligibility for health insurance for school employees (House, No. 5022) (the committee on Public Service having recommended that the bill be amended by substituting an "Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of House document numbered 5022" (Senate, No. 2117).

Paper from the House.

The semi-annual report of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (under Section 99(k) of Chapter 398 of the Acts of 1991) on the disposition of matters referred to said bureau (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— was returned to the House to be placed on file.

Committee Changes.

The Chair (Mr. Norton) announced the resignation of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator O'Brien of Second Essex and Middlesex to fill the vacancy.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) "commending Eric Flaim", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Ms. Melconian, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray and Mr. Rauschenbach) "congratulating Colleen M. Coyne upon receiving the Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the United States Women's Hockey Team", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Ms. Melconian, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "commemorating the one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of Ned's Point Light in Mattapoisett", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Ms. Melconian, and adopted.

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Norton, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Stephen F. Lynch and other members of the General Court [for additional petitioners, see printed bill] for legislation to increase the minimum wage.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Papers from the House

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5387) of Philip Travis, Patrick F. Landers III and Michael W. Morrissey relative to the disclosure of certain information by the Department of Revenue,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Taxation.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first two 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 his approbation, to wit:
Further regulating the practice of public accountancy (see Senate, No. 439, amended);
Relative to the transfer of certain motor vehicle registrations (see Senate, No. 1826);
Providing for special municipal funds to celebrate the years two thousand and two thousand and one (see House, No. 1961, amended);
Relative to the financing of a golf course by the town of South Hadley (see House, No. 5109); and
Establishing a department of finance and budget in the town of Groveland (see House, No. 5214, changed and amended).

An engrossed Bill authorizing the appointment of certain individuals as firefighters in the town of Weymouth (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5155) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation.

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.

Committee Changes.

The Chair (Mr. Norton) announced the resignation of Senator O'Brien of Second Essex and Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex thereto.


On motion of Mr. Moore, at eight minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.