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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, March 28, 2005.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M.

The President, members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Communication.

A communication from Wonderland Greyhound Park, Inc. (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 128 of the General Laws) submitting copies of simulcasting contracts entered into by Wonderland (received Tuesday, March 22, 2005),— was placed on file.

Reports.

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 the Essex County Correctional Facility (received Wednesday, March 23, 2005); 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 Middlesex County Jail (received Wednesday, March 23, 2005),

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Nuciforo, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2020) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., James M. Roberto, Mayor, Jody L. Phillips, City Clerk and Gerald M. Lee, City Council President (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Pittsfield to grant five additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages and an additional four special liquor licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

By Mr. Baddour, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2021) of Steven A. Baddour, Arthur J. Broadhurst, Sharon M. Pollard, mayor, Michael W. Hennessy, chairman and others (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to provide for alternative members on the community development board of the city of Methuen [Local approval received];

By Mr. Morrissey, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2022) of Michael W. Morrissey, A. Stephen Tobin, Ronald Mariano and Bruce J. Ayers (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Quincy to establish senior citizens safety zones [Local approval received]; and

By the same Senator, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2025) of Michael W. Morrissey and Kathleen M. Teahan (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Abington to establish a capital improvement trust fund [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

By Mr. Baddour, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2023) of Steven A. Baddour, Arthur J. Broadhurst, Sharon M. Pollard, mayor and others (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to cap real estate taxes of senior citizens in the city of Methuen [Local approval received];

By Mr. Morrissey, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2024) of Michael W. Morrissey, A. Stephen Tobin, Ronald Mariano and Bruce J. Ayers (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Quincy to establish interest rates payable on deferred property taxes and water charges [Local approval received]; and

By Ms. Murray, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2026) of Therese Murray and Jeffrey Davis Perry (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the collection of taxes in the town of Sandwich [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Revenue.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A communication from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance Human Resources Division (under Sections 61A of Chapter 31 and Section 5 (e) of the Chapter 32 of the General Laws submitting proposed regulations for initial medical and physical fitness standards tests of municipal public safety personnel (House, No. 606),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Berry, Montigny and Moore, Ms. Resor, Mr. Tisei and Ms. Tucker) “recognizing the Week of the Young Child”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Hedlund, Creedon, Joyce, Morrissey, and Ms. Murray) “honoring David Hannan, Chief Executive Officer of South Shore Hospital”;
Resolutions (fled by Messrs. Joyce, Creedon, Havern, McGee, Rosenberg and Ms. Tucker) “recognizing North American Occupational Safety and Health Week”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Menard and Mr. Pacheco) “on the occasion of the retirement of selectman Gerald White”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore “honoring the contributions of pharmacists and the second annual face of Pharmacy Day in Massachusetts”;
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Morrissey and Joyce) “congratulating William H. Dykstra”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “recognizing March 29, 2005 as Vietnam Veterans Day”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “honoring Margaret Atkins”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “celebrating the eightieth birthday of Kathlyn Pearl Raymond”.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill authorizing the conservation commission of the town of Reading to grant certain easements (House, No. 36,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Havern) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-one minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Hart in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Hart, for the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 25), a Bill relative to biotechnology (Senate, No. 2027).

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the bill was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Mr. Travaglini, Ms. Creem and Mr. Tarr offered an amendment substituting a new draft entitled “An Act promoting stem cell research” (Senate, No. 2028).
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2028) was then ordered to a third reading.

Order Adopted.

Mr. Hart offered the following order:

Ordered, That all amendments to the Senate Bill to promote stem cell research (Senate, No. 2028) must be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Senate no later than 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 29, 2005.
The order was adopted.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bills.

An engrossed Bill establishing the office of collector-treasurer in the town of Swansea (see House, No. 139, amended) (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 re-enacted and was signed by the President and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the appointment of Timothy Pacheco as a firefighter in the town of Arlington (see House, No. 33) (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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow 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 seventeen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M.