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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Thursday, April 3, 2003.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair).

The Chair (Ms. Walsh), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Communications.

The following communications were severally placed on file:

Communication from the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture submitting its rules of procedure for the 2003-2004 legislative session (received Monday, March 31, 2003); and

Communication from the Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs submitting its rules of procedure for the 2003-2004 legislative session (received Thursday, April 3, 2003).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Baddour (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James N. Thiviergie for legislation to require establishments to provide proper signage to identify emergency exits;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James N. Thiviergie for legislation to authorize the issuance of tax bills on a pro-rated monthly basis and tax payers may pay real estate taxes early on a voluntary basis;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James N. Thiviergie for legislation to authorize the issuance of tax bills on a pro-rated monthly basis; and

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer and Mary S. Rogeness for legislation to extend health care coverage to resident engineers of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill relative to the identification of burial grounds and cemeteries on certain state-owned land (Senate, No. 1624);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1654) of Brian P. Lees, Michael R. Knapik, Richard R. Tisei, Bruce E. Tarr and Jo Ann Sprague for legislation to require that callers to public agencies be given the option of speaking with a live operator,— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.
 

Papers from the House.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to providing for the purchase by the Commonwealth of electricity from renewable energy sources (House, No. 3738);
To the committee on Energy.

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to public employees serving in the armed forces of the United States (House, No. 3739);
To the committee on Public Service.  

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3737) of Peter J. Larkin, Anthony J. Verga and David P. Magnani relative to changing the name of the Corporation of Business, Work and Learning;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 9, to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3740) of Christopher G. Fallon (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to eliminating preliminary elections for certain offices in the city of Malden in the current year;
To the committee on Election Laws.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3741) of Mark A. Howland and Robert M. Koczera (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of New Bedford be authorized to regulate the speed limit on Sassaquin Avenue in said city;
To the committee on Public Safety.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3742) of Timothy P. Murray (mayor), Thomas R. Hoover (city manager), John P. Fresolo and Guy W. Glodis (with the approval of the city council) that the city of Worcester be authorized to reinstitute an early retirement incentive program;
To the committee on Public Service.

 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Barrios) “honoring Reverend Dr. John H. Womack, Sr., on the occasion of his 10th anniversary of pastoral leadership at Metropolitan Baptist Church”;

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Berry, Travaglini, Nuciforo, Moore, O’Leary, Barrios, Tolman, Shannon and Brewer, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Fargo) “observing the week of April 6 to April 12, 2003 as The Week of The Young Child”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “on the occasion of the retirement of Peter E. Pappas”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “congratulating the Women of Reform Judaism of Temple Israel, Boston on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary of sisterhood”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Jacques) “commending the veterans and retiring teachers of the Millis Public Schools”;

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. McGee and Barrios) “commending the Saugus High School varsity hockey team on winning the 2003 Division II Massachusetts State Ice Hockey Championship”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “honoring Raymond A. Shamel for many years of distinguished service to the town of Acton”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Ryan William McLaughlin of Medfield upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, on the message of His Excellency the Governor, a Bill authorizing the town of Sunderland to hold annual and special town meetings in the town of Deerfield (printed in Senate, No. 1967).
The bill was read. There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rosenberg, and the bill 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.

 

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 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].
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Local Affairs.  

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 Brian A. Joyce, Kathleen M. Teahan and Edward G. Connolly for legislation to authorize the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to enter into long-term leases for Metropolitan District Commission owned skating rinks.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, 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.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3743) of Thomas M. Finneran relative to the compensation of certain members of the General Court,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.  

Orders Adopted.

The following House orders (severally approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:

Ordered, That the joint special committee established to review the joint rules of the House and Senate is hereby revived and continued; provided that said committee shall make its final report no later than the third Wednesday in April two thousand three.

Ordered, That the committee on Taxation be authorized to visit, in the discharge of their duties, the city of Worcester on April 29, 2003.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mrs. Sprague,—

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 Mr. Moore, at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.