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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 29, 2000.

Met at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Pacheco, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1016), an order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 1016, relative to Massachusetts Water Resources Authority rates (Senate, No. 2153);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Pacheco, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on petition, a Bill relative to licensing of foresters and timber harvesters (Senate, No. 2112); and

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill amending an act authorizing the Division of Capital Planning and operations to convey a certain parcel of land in the town of Clinton (Senate, No. 2129) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Mr. Clancy, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on the Judiciary to make an investigation and study of Senate documents relative to abortion, evidence, court jurisdiction, abuse and protections orders, medical records and various other matters (Senate, No. 1886), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 924) of Marian Walsh for legislation relative to abandoned property,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on the Judiciary; and

The same Senator, for the same committee, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of various Senate documents relative to Group 4 of the retirement system (Senate, No. 1797), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1195) of Stephen M. Brewer, the SEIU, Local 509, by John J. Templeton, president, Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Steven C. Panagiotakos and David M. Nangle for legislation to place certain correctional employees in Group 4 of the retirement system,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Public Service.
Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were severally considered forthwith and accepted.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A communication from His Excellency the Governor recommending the terms of certain bonds and notes to be issued by the Commonwealth (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— was returned to the House to be placed on file.

Notice was received that the Speaker had announced that Representative Bunker of Rutland had been appointed to the ninth position on the committee on Public Service to fill the existing vacancy.

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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Exempting the position of deputy police chief in the police department of the city of Lawrence from the civil service law (see House, No. 4515); and

Authorizing the city of Lowell to issue certain licenses to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium for sale of food and alcoholic beverages (see House, No. 4998).

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill regarding registered nurse first assistants (Senate, No. 514),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2154).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2154) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill providing equitable coverage of services under health plans (Senate, No. 733),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2155).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2155) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill making certain changes in the conduct of Beano (Senate, No. 1922),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act relative to the game of Beano” (Senate, No. 2156).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2156) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, on petition, a Bill to guarantee a compensation from existing and future tobacco manufacturers (Senate, No. 1964, changed),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act guaranteeing compensation from existing and future tobacco manufacturers” (Senate, No. 2157).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2157) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill authorizing the establishment of the Lawrence municipal airport enterprise commission (House, No. 1269, amended),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means that the House Bill authorizing the city of Quincy to grant certain easements (House, No. 4284),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to underage drinking (House, No. 4506, amended),— ought to pass, with amendments, striking out section 2 (inserted by amendment by the House); by inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to strengthen the criminal laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and safety.”; and by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title:— “An Act relative to the sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages or alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill to require competent interpreter services in the delivery of acute health care services (House, No. 4917),— ought to pass, with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2158.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to nongroup health insurance products (House, No. 4993),— ought to pass, with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2159.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rosenberg, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The Senate Bill authorizing the conservation commission of the town of Andover to grant an easement (Senate, No. 2121),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House bills

Authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages in bowling alleys (House, No. 2324) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading); and

Authorizing the town of Hopkinton to pay certain health insurance premiums for retired employees (House, No. 4555);
Were severally read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5084) of Martin J. Walsh and Brian A. Joyce relative to authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to grant easements in a certain parcel of land located in the city of Boston to the water and sewer commission of said city,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Recess.

There being no objection, at twenty-two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at ten minutes past three o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, at eleven minutes past three o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.