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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, March 20, 2000.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.

Distinguished Guests.

The President introduced the Everett High School Crimson Tide Football Team and cheerleading squad. The team is 1999 Division I Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl Champions. Three of the team players were noted for their outstanding talent: Diamond Ferri was named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, and was named as an All-Scholastic by the Boston Herald and Boston Globe; David O’Brien was named All-Scholastic by the Boston Herald; and Jonathan DelGado was named All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe. The team was accompanied by Coach John DiBiaso and his wife, Maureen, who is the cheerleading coach. They were the guests of Senate President Birmingham.


A communication from the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health requesting an extension for filing a report (required pursuant to the provisions of Section 349 of Chapter 127 of the Acts of 1999) relative to an evaluation of the school breakfast and WIC programs (received Wednesday, March 15, 2000),— was placed on file.

Reports of a Committee.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill authorizing the transfer of care, custody and control of a certain parcel of land located at the Wrentham Developmental Center to the state reclamation and mosquito control board (Senate, No. 2070); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to release certain easements to O’Connell Oil Associates, Inc. (Senate, No. 2071);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Placed on File.

By Ms. Walsh, for the committee on Taxation, recommending that the report of the Massachusetts Capital Resource Company (under the provisions of Section 20 of Chapter 816 of the Acts of 1977) submitting its twenty-third annual report (printed in Senate, No. 2119) be placed on file;
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and was accepted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “congratulating Reverend Richard Paul Lewandowski”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “on the one hundredth birthday of Edward Wagenknecht”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Bernstein) “congratulating Lamoureux Pagano Associates on the occasion of their thirtieth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “honoring Joan Frances Ward”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Magnani) “congratulating Doctor Helen L. Heineman on her appointment as President of Framingham State College”.


Order — Amended.

The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith, as follows:

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture be granted until Friday, March 17, 2000, the time within which to make its final report on current House document 1776, concerning the creation of the MWRA pipeline assistance program.
Pending the question on adoption of the order, an amendment, presented by Mr. Pacheco, adding at the end thereof the following: “and current Senate documents numbered 972, 1016, 1044 and 2112”; “and by striking out the date “March 17, 2000” and inserting in place thereof the date: “March 31, 2000”,— was considered; and it was adopted.
The order, as amended, was then adopted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (both of which originated in the House), 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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Designating a certain bridge in the towns of Wareham and Bourne as the William Dalton memorial bridge (see House Bill, printed as Senate, No. 1693); and
Relative to the emergency medical services system (see House, No. 1946, amended).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Resor,—
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. Knapik, at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.