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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, April 6, 2000.

Met at six 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).

Communication.

A communication was received from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development requesting an extension of time within which to file a report concerning the consolidation of the administration of workforce development programs in the Commonwealth (received Tuesday, March 28, 2000). The communication was placed on file.

Reports.

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting an inspection of the Pondville Correctional Center (received Tuesday, March 21, 2000),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

A report of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (under the provisions of Section 8 of Chapter 48 of the acts of 1997, as amended by Chapter 300 of the Acts of 1998) submitting a revised amortization schedule for the former counties of Essex, Hampden, Middlesex and Worcester (received Friday, March 31, 2000),— was placed on file.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Relative to the use of direct payment permits (House, No. 170,— on House, No. 166, in part);

Authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain property in the city of Fitchburg (House, No. 5009,— on House, No. 4422);

Providing additional funding for the Central Artery/Tunnel project (House, No. 5104, printed as amended,— on House, No. 5095, in part); and

Relative to the contributory retirement system for public employees (House, No. 5110, printed as amended,— on House, Nos. 2610 and 2695);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill authorizing the Mendon-Upton Regional School District to grant a certain easement (House, No. 5060,— on House, No. 5033),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Bills

Authorizing the cemetery commissioners of the town of Dedham to refund certain monies (House, No. 4626,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Authorizing the town of Dedham to reimburse certain sewer use fees (House, No. 4627,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Placing members of the police force and fire department of the town of Hopedale under civil service law (House, No. 4933,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Relative to recall elections in the town of Sheffield (House, No. 5096,— on House, No. 4171) [Local approval received on House, No. 4171);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

The House Bill relative to the financing of Foxborough Stadium and the operation of the East Boston District Court (House, No. 5071, amended),— came from the House with the following endorsement:—
The House concurred with the Senate in its amendments in section 1 (as printed), striking out, in lines 4 and 5, the words “an administrative fee shall be charged to” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— “a licensing fee shall be charged to the licensee for”, and striking out sections 4 and 5 (as printed).
The House NON-concurred with the Senate in its amendment striking out sections 6, 7 and 8 (inserted by amendment by the House); and concurred with the Senate in its amendment striking out the title and inserting in place thereof a new title with a further amendment striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title: “An Act relative to the financing of certain infrastructure and other improvements in the town of Foxborough and the duties of the commissioner of probation.”
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the matter was considered forthwith. The Senate receded from its amendment striking out sections 6, 7 and 8; and concurred in the further House amendment striking out the title (inserted by amendment by the Senate) and inserting in place thereof a new title.

Senate Order Adopted.

Mr. Lees presented the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That the special committee of the Senate established to make an investigation relative to seat belt use be granted until May 4, 2000, the time within which to make its report.
The order was considered forthwith; and it was adopted.

Matter Taken out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Notice Section of the calendar and considered, as follows:

The Senate report of the committee on Public Safety, ought NOT to pass, on the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1116) of Brian P. Lees, Dennis M. Murphy and Elizabeth A. Malia for legislation relative to the enforcement of the seat belt law,— was considered.
Pending the question on acceptance of the committee report, on motion of Mr. Tisei, the further consideration thereof was postponed until Thursday, May 4.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

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

Relative to certain positions in the town of North Attleborough (see House, No. 533);

Authorizing the establishment of the Lawrence municipal airport enterprise commission (see House, No. 1269, amended); and

Requiring competent interpreter services in the delivery of acute health care services (see House, No. 4917, amended).

Resolutions,

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Frances Wilhelmi”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “congratulating Joaquim Guerreiro Martins Ferro on the occasion of his retirement from the Hudson Public Schools”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “on Volunteer Recognition Week in the town of Hanson”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating District Governor John J. Cobb of Rochester”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “congratulating Andrew T. Pearson of Reading upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill authorizing the city of Revere to pay the funeral and burial expenses of firefighter Theodore A. Ferrante, Jr. (House, No. 5004,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The following House order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Health Care be granted until Monday, May 15, 2000, the time within which to make its final report on current House documents numbered 5052 and 5057.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5111) of Michael J. Rodrigues and Thomas C. Norton for legislation to designate the causeway connecting the town of Westport and Goosebury Island as the Thomas Edward Pettey Causeway,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Rosenberg, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert S. Creedon, Jr., and John F. Quinn for legislation relative to judicial review of motor vehicle license revocations for failure to submit to alcohol level chemical analysis.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages in bowling alleys (see House, No. 2324) (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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Recess.

At twenty-one minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at five minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair.

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 Mr. Tarr, at six minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.