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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Thursday, March 27, 2003.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).

Recess.

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

The Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Mr. Tarr, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) introduced a group of dignitaries from Ghana. The group included Mr. Joseph Aidoo, Governor of Ghana’s Western Region, Mr. Philip Nkrumah, Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Mr. Edwin Phillips, President of the Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly and Nana Kobina Nketsia, member of the Regional Economic Development Committee. The group of dignitaries were accompanied by other delegates and members of the Boston based organization. Members of the delegation signed the guest book and withdrew from the Chamber. They were the guests of Senator Wilkerson.

Communications.

The following communications were severally placed on file:

Communication from the Department of Correction relative to a corrective action plan for Bridgewater Correctional Complex Central Kitchen (received Wednesday, March 19, 2003); and

Communication from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department submitting a corrective action response for the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center (received Friday, March 21, 2003).

Reports.

A report of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (under the provisions of Section 25 of Chapter 47 of the Acts of 1997) submitting its annual report for the Uncompensated Care Pool (received Monday, March 24, 2003),— was placed on file.  

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 inspection of M.C.I. Concord and the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction (received Wednesday, March 19, 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 inspection of the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction and the Hampden Correctional Center (received Monday, March 24, 2003).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. O’Leary (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ken Moulton for legislation relative to public records;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ken Moulton for legislation relative to personal care attendants;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ken Moulton for legislation relative to tort reform;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ken Moulton for legislation to provide for enforcement of local and state building, fire, health, safety, electrical and building construction laws and standards and for disclosure;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ken Moulton for legislation to enhance the effects of regulations and laws aimed at the protection of the public health and safety in regards to toxic mold; and

By Mr. Shannon, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Charles E. Shannon, Vincent P. Ciampa, Jarrett T. Barrios, Patricia D. Jehlen and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen) for legislation to authorize the city of Somerville to lease a certain parcel of property for up to fifty years [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. O’Leary, for the committee on Energy, on petition, a Bill providing access to renewable energy resources (Senate, No. 371); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate Nos. 374 and 380, a Bill relative to the production of wind energy in Massachusetts waters (Senate, No. 380, changed in line 22 by striking out the words “, including Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound,” and inserting in place thereof the words:— “along the entire Massachusetts coastline, including Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, and “Boston Harbor,”);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3728) of Marie J. Parente and Richard T. Moore (by vote of the town) relative to the issuance of a certain license for the sale of wines and malt beverages by the licensing authority of the town of Milford,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Government Regulations.  

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “congratulating George V. Casey on the memorable occasion of his testimonial as District Governor of the Lions of Massachusetts”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “honoring Barbara Mellon for her exceptional service to the town of Randolph”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. McGee) “acknowledging April as Child Abuse Prevention Month”;

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Morrissey and Hart and Ms. Walsh) “recognizing Paul Quinn for his 31 years of outstanding and dedicated service as a police officer in the city of Quincy and his exceptional tenure as a union officer”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “honoring the Dusek and Heimerdinger family”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Bernard William Cobb, Jr. upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Panagiotakos, Ms. Tucker, Messrs. Tisei and Shannon, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Morrissey, Baddour and O’Leary, Mrs. Sprague, Messrs. Havern, Lees, Glodis and Creedon, Ms. Walsh, Messrs. Hedlund and Rosenberg, Ms. Resor, Messrs. Berry and Antonioni, Ms. Melconian, Mr. Pacheco, Ms. Chandler, Mr. Moore, Ms. Menard, Ms. Murray and Ms. Wilkerson) “memorializing the Congress of the United States to enact legislation eliminating inequities created by the so-called Superfund Law, which pertains to the clean up of sites contaminated by hazardous waste.”

Reports 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 Stanley C. Rosenberg and Ellen Story (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the Amherst School District [Local approval received].
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. O’Leary, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.  

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 Stanley C. Rosenberg, Ellen Story and Stephen Kulik for legislation relative to the Amherst Pelham Regional School District.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. O’Leary, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.  

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 Dianne Wilkerson and Benjamin Swan for legislation to establish fair compensation in the payment of expense premium commissions.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. O’Leary, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Insurance.  

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 Dianne Wilkerson for legislation to authorize the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land in the city of Boston to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. O’Leary, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.
 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3735) of J. Michael Ruane relative to establishing an affordable housing trust fund in the city of Salem;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7B, to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.  

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3736) of William C. Galvin for legislation to authorize the Department of Mental Retardation to establish a sick leave bank for Francie R. Minder, an employee of said department;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.  

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

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.

On motion of Ms. Wilkerson, at sixteen minutes before one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.