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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, April 9, 2001.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to prohibit construction of commuter rail lines which permit train crossings at grade;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to provide for a study relative to the ozone impact of commuter rail alternatives;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to provide for a study of the impact of converting diesel commuter rail lines to electricity;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to require the review of the transit mandates;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to provide for a study of the safety of waterways, harbors and ports;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to prohibit construction near certain commuter rail lines;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John Bewick, Robert L. Hedlund and Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to regulate construction of commuter rail lines in historic districts;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Irving Murstein and Robert L. Hedlund for legislation to provide for the licensing of street car trolley operators;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Norman Paley and Robert L. Hedlund for legislation relative to certain cost sharing programs;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Gay Guptill for legislation to repeal the reproduction health care facilities law;

By Mr. Jajuga, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James P. Jajuga and Paul E. Tirone for legislation relative to teen day; and

By Ms. Menard, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Joan M. Menard for legislation relative to the removal of certain debris from motor vehicles using public ways;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 578), an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Health Care to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of a certain current Senate document numbered 578, relative to the registration of naturopathic physicians (Senate, No. 1840);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on Senate, Nos. 568 and 592 and House, No. 813, a Bill relative to dietary supplements (Senate, No. 1839);
Read and, under Joint Rule 29, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on Senate, Nos. 526 and 559 and House, No. 3725, a Bill to establish the Betsy Lehman Center for patient safety and medical error reduction (Senate, No. 526) (Estimated cost — $1,000,000);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to medication error occurrence (Senate, No. 531);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 534 and House, No. 2319, a Bill providing certain notice to pregnant women (Senate, No. 534);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 565 and House, No. 1759, a Bill to provide pediatric palliative care to children with life-limiting illnesses in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 565) (Estimated cost — $850,000);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to providing for the payment of a one-time bonus to health care providers for the implementation of medical error reduction technology (Senate, No. 571);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 607 and House, No. 2316, a Bill relative to health care providers and first responders education (Senate, No. 607);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, Nos. 541 and 566, a Bill relative to the safe administration of medication and legible prescriptions (Senate, No. 1842);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 567), a Bill to improve patient safety and the quality of patient care (Senate, No. 1843);

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, on petition, a Bill relative to rental assistance for families in transition (Senate, No. 635);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to public housing rentals (Senate, No. 640); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill establishing a supportive services program for youths living in public housing (Senate, No. 654);

By Mr. Jajuga, for the committee on Public Safety, on petition, a Bill relative to medical examinations in correctional facilities (Senate, No. 1169);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to civil defense benefits (Senate, No. 1197);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to continuing education of building officials and licensed construction supervisors (Senate, No. 1198);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill creating a council on public safety (Senate, No. 1202);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1207 and House, Nos. 1646 and 1647, a Bill relative to the correspondence of inmates (Senate, No. 1207);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill providing for the establishment of the Commonwealth emergency management and hazard mitigation trust fund (Senate, No. 1257); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the postponement or waiver of a parole hearing (Senate, No. 1258);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on petition, a Bill relative to the reporting deadline of the commission on alternative medicine (Senate, No. 528, changed in section 1, in line 4, by striking out the words “June 15, 2001” and inserting in place thereof the words:— “October 15, 2001”);

By Mr. Jajuga, for the committee on Public Safety, on petition, a Bill relative to the safety of operators of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority transit vehicles (Senate, No. 1215); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, Nos. 1214 and 1233, a Bill relative to bullet-resistant vests (Senate, No. 1233, changed by striking out the words “bullet-proof” in the title and inserting in place thereof the words “bullet-resistant”);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

 

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 606) of Robert E. Travaglini, Anthony Petruccelli, Gerald DiFranza and Susan C. Fargo that provision be made for an investigation and study a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the needs of persons with agoraphobia and related disorders,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2001 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 4070, amended,— on House, No. 3024, in part),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

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

The Senate Bill establishing the boundary line between the town of Southborough and the town of Westborough (Senate, No. 1834),— 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.

 

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Brewer, 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 Senate Bill relative to the enforcement of the safety belt law (Senate, No. 1211).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rosenberg) “commending Bryan C. Harvey.”

 

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to gas or electric companies declaring stock or scrip dividend (Senate, No. 416),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, 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 Senate Bill allowing victims of violent crimes to testify at Parole Board hearings (Senate, No. 1196),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 1844).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 1844) was then ordered to a third reading.

 

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the development of an athletic facility by the Assabet Valley Regional Technology School District (Senate, No. 1815),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Chandler, 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 Senate Bill to encourage charitable giving in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 1826, changed),— ought to pass, with an amendment, in section 1, by striking out, in lines 7 and 8 , the words “for the taxable year”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 1826, changed and amended) was then ordered to a third reading.

Order Adopted.

Ms. Menard presented the following order:—

Ordered, That, when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.; and that amendments offered to Senate Bills, Nos. 1211, An Act relative to the enforcement of the safety belt law; 1826, An Act to encourage charitable giving in the Commonwealth; 1844, An Act allowing victims of violent crimes to testify at Parole Board hearings, shall be filed with the Clerk of the Senate no later than twelve o’clock noon tomorrow (April 10).
There being no objection, the order was considered forthwith and adopted.

 

On motion of Mr. Tarr, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.