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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
			Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, April 10, 2000.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.

Report.

A report 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 M.C.I.-Cedar Junction and Essex County Correctional Facility (received Friday, March 31, 2000),— was read and sent to the House for its information .

Petition.

Mr. Brewer presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, Richard T. Moore, Jo Ann Sprague, Mary Jane Simmons and other members of the General Court for legislation to fund facility maintenance at the state’s Soldiers’ Homes with revenue generated by veterans’ registration plate fees,— 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. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on Senate, Nos. 2150 and 2151, an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on the Judiciary to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate documents numbered 2150 and 2151, relative to probate court jurisdiction and to persons admitted to bail (Senate, No. 2169);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 924), a Bill further defining the abandoned property system (Senate, No. 2171);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill abolishing the department of water of the town of Templeton under the jurisdiction of the selectmen of said town and establishing a water department under the jurisdiction of the Templeton municipal lighting plant (Senate, No. 2146) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

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 House Bill relative to certain borrowing of the towns of Groveland and Merrimac (House, No. 3893).

Committees Discharged.

Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 2039, relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2144),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the New England Center for Children, Inc. (House, No. 5023,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “on the one hundredth anniversary of the Worcester County Beekeepers Association”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “congratulating the town of Easton on the occasion of its two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “congratulating the Weymouth High School Academic Decathlon Team”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Magnani) “honoring Ron Burton for his selfless service to the community”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the retirement of Mary Pacheco from the Taunton Department of Transitional Assistance”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “on the retirement of Jon D. Scarborough”.

Petitions.

On motion of Mr. Bernstein, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Tolman (by request) (accompanied by bill) of Emile Rosenberg for legislation relative to performance testing of public school districts,— and the same was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

On motion of Ms. Melconian, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Moore (accompanied by bill) of Richard T. Moore, Harriette L. Chandler, Stanley C. Rosenberg, Brian M. Cresta and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a patient safety and medical error reduction program for the Commonwealth,— and the same was referred to the committee on Health Care.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of Committees.

By Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of John J. Swistak for legislation relative to exempting senior citizens from a percentage of local property taxes dedicated to public school funding.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Taxation.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5112) of Davie T. Donnelly, John H. Rogers and Kathleen M. Teahan for legislation to establish a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to end of life care,— came from the House, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Health Care.
The Senate concurred in the suspension of Joint Rule 12, and NON-concurred in the reference to the committee on Health Care. On motion of Ms. Melconian, the petition was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Sent to the House for its action.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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 Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Authorizing the State Retirement Board to grant a pension to Arlenn Officer (see Senate Bill, printed as House, No. 1635);

Relative to the harbormaster, assistant harbormasters, shellfish warden and assistant shellfish wardens of the town of Fairhaven (see House, No. 4449); and

Relative to appropriations after certain municipal ballot questions (see House, No. 4551).

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 House Bill designating a certain exit ramp in the city of New Bedford as the Alvin Glaser Memorial Exit (House, No. 4966),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered , That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.

Adjournment in memory of
Patrolman John DiNapoli.

Mr. Lees moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Roger H. Woodworth, a long-time adviser to the Minority Leader of the Senate, Brian P. Lees. Mr. Woodworth passed away this past Saturday due to complications from being struck by a bus on his way to work on November 18, 1999. Mr. Woodworth, a World War II veteran, graduated from Suffolk Law School in 1957. He served as an aide to former United States Senator Edward Brooke III, and also served as an aide to former United States Congresswoman and United States Ambassador to Ireland, Margaret Heckler. Mr. Woodworth leaves a brother, Ronald, a niece, 3 nephews, and a long-time friend, Richard Chevoor. This motion prevailed.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Roger H. Woodworth, at eighteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Lees, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday at eleven o'clock A.M.