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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Monday, March 24, 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.


Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Lees, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian P. Lees for legislation to permit Sunday and holiday premium pay to be credited toward weekly overtime pay;

By Ms. Menard, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Joan M. Menard and Patricia A. Haddad for legislation to allow active members of the teachers’ retirement system to elect into the alternative superannuation retirement benefit program; and

By Mr. Pacheco (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Alex Poulos for legislation to provide for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to the U.S.S. Massachusetts;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.



Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3721) of Paul K. Frost and Guy W. Glodis (by vote of the town) that the town of Millbury be authorized to issue four additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises;
To the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3722) of Michael R. Knapik and Michael F. Kane (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to the payment in lieu of taxes by the geriatric authority of the city of Holyoke to said city;
To the committee on Taxation.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “commending Joseph C. Cioni on his retirement as Chairman and CEO of Stoneham Savings Bank.”


Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill removing the town of Oak Bluffs from membership in the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (see House, No. 2114, changed) (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.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—

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. Shannon, at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.