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Monday, March 27, 2000.
Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Travaglini in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
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 inspection of the Bridgewater Complex Kitchen Facility (received Monday, March 20, 2000),— was read and sent to the House for its information.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for a certain employee of the Trial Court of the Commonwealth (House, No. 5034, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A Bill relative to salary revisions for elected officials in the towns of the Commonwealth (House, No. 4988,— on House, No. 533) [Local approval received on House, No. 533],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.
Relative to certain positions in the town of North Attleborough (House, No. 533,— on House, No. 4988, in part) [Local approval received on House, No. 533]; and
Authorizing the town of Stow to release a certain conservation restriction (House, No. 5053, changed,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5080) of John F. Quinn and Mark C. Montigny (by vote of the town) (with the approval of the county commissioners) relative to the accidental disability retirement allowance paid to David Faria of the town of Dartmouth,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
A Bill relative to the office of Register of Deeds of Barnstable County (House, No. 4827,— on petition),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “congratulating Mount Zion Lodge on the occasion of its two hundredth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Jon Dick on the occasion of his Court of Honor”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Christopher Gallagher on the occasion of his Court of Honor”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Fred Getman on the occasion of his Court of Honor”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Mark Griffin on the occasion of his Court of Honor”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Gregory Marsh on the occasion of his Court of Honor”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Ryan O’Connor on the occasion of his Court of Honor”.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
The following engrossed bills (all 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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Orleans to pay certain claims (see House, No. 3720);
Relative to the Nantucket Historic District (see House, No. 4047); and
Authorizing the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District to provide for certain costs (see House, No. 5056).
On motion of Mr. Bernstein,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.
Adjournment in Memory of Martin O'Brien.
Mr. Birmingham presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Martin O'Brien, Clerk of the Senate committee on Rules, who died suddenly on Thursday, March 23. Martin was a dedicated employee of the Massachusetts Senate for 26 years. From 1974 until 1996 he served as Assistant to former President of the Senate, William M. Bulger. In 1997 he was appointed Clerk of the Senate committee on Rules. Martin is survived by his wife, Margaret (Lally) O'Brien, his three sons, Brendan, Timothy and Patrick, his mother, Ruby and his brother, Christopher.