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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, March 30, 1998.

Met at ten minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

Communication.

A communication from James J. Hartnett, Jr., Personnel Administrator, Human Resources Division (under the provisions of Section 25 of Chapter 31 of the General Laws) submitting a listing of fire chief series eligible lists which were revoked effective March 2, 1998 (received Thursday, March 26, 1998),— was placed on file.

Reports.

A report of the Department of Employment and Training (under the provisions of Section 14G of Chapter 151A of the General Laws) submitting its quarterly report on the status of the Medical Security Program for the period ending December 31, 1997 (received Thursday, March 26, 1998),— was placed on file.

Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of the Worcester County House of Correction and Jail in the town of West Boylston (received Thursday, March 26, 1998),— were read and sent to the House for its information.

Petition.

Mr. Jajuga presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James P. Jajuga for legislation relative to the possession or sale of police insignia,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Bernstein, for the committee on Criminal Justice, on petition, a Bill to maintain privacy (Senate, No. 2144);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to the provision of natural gas service in the town of Wakefield (printed in House, No. 5060).

Papers from the House

A Bill relative to local mandates (House, No. 615,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills
Relative to certain transactions by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (House, No. 3680, changed,— on petition);
Designating a certain bridge located in the town of Natick as the Veterans' Memorial Bridge (House, No. 5257,— on petition); and
Authorizing the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to update address information (House, No. 5401,— on House, No. 193);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill relative to the water supply and sewer systems of the town of Southbridge (House, No. 5342,— substituted by amendment by the House for the report of the committee on Taxation, ought NOT to pass (under Joint Rule 10), on petition [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill to improve the Massachusetts child support enforcement program (see Senate, No. 2044, amended), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 4 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Engrossed Bills.

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 President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the city of Leominster to supply water to certain property located in the town of Lancaster (see House, No. 5061, changed);
Authorizing the city of New Bedford to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 5138); and
Authorizing the city of New Bedford to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 5161).

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin to fill the vacancy.

Paper from the House.
Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a revolving trust fund to aid in the financing of drinking water projects (see Senate, No. 2154), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Communication.

The Clerk read the following communication:

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133

March 27, 1998.

Mr. Edward B. O'Neill
Clerk of the Massachusetts Senate
State House
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On March 26, 1998, I was out of the state on official business and therefore not present for a number of roll call votes. Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative in regard to the following matters:

I respectfully request that this notice be placed on record and be printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Sincerely,

JAMES P. JAJUGA,
State Senator,
Third Essex District.

On motion of Mr. Bernstein, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Norton, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert E. Travaglini, Stephen F. Lynch, Paul C. Demakis, Byron Rushing and Warren E. Tolman for legislation to reduce the surcharge on Boston vehicular rental contracts.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, 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.

By Mr. Norton, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael W. Morrissey for legislation to provide real estate tax abatement to veterans.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Taxation.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Berry) "on the occasion of the retirement of Joseph L. Masterson", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "on 'Pick Up a Book and Read' month in the town of Brimfield", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Taunton Lions Club", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex thereto.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Norton,—
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.

Recess.

There being no objection, at twenty-two minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at one minute before two o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Paper from the House.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill to improve the Massachusetts child support enforcement program (see Senate, No. 2044, amended) (which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting Governor for his approbation.


On motion of Mr. Lees, at two o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o'clock A.M.