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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 12, 2000.

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

Report.

A report from David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education, Department of Education (under the provisions of line item 7030-1003 of Chapter 127 of the Acts of 1999) submitting a study of literacy teacher training programs (received Tuesday, April 11, 2000),— was placed on file.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill authorizing the re-conveyance of park land from the Commonwealth to the city of Worcester (Senate, No. 2164) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill designating the Patricia McGovern Riverfront Park (Senate, No. 2165);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

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 authorizing the Mendon-Upton Regional School District to grant a certain easement (House, No. 5060) .

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 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),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to lease certain land in the town of Lancaster (House, No. 4991, changed,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (both 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 Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Authorizing the town of Grafton to issue an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4136); and

Authorizing the city of Revere to pay the funeral and burial expenses of firefighter Theodore A. Ferrante, Jr. (see House, No. 5004).

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the financing of certain infrastructure and other improvements in the town of Foxborough and the duties of the commissioner of probation (see House, No. 5071, 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 5 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “congratulating Sister Kathleen Duffy on the occasion of her fiftieth anniversary as a Sister of Saint Joseph”;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “honoring Ruth Mahan on the occasion of her retirement from the Walpole Public Library”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Tucker) “commending the members of the youth service programs in the Greater Lawrence area who will be participating in National Youth Service Day”.

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 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.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Safety.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Order Adopted.

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 Natural Resources and Agriculture be granted until Thursday, May 18, 2000 the time within which to make its final report on current House document numbered 4325.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5115) of John F. Merrigan, Shaun P. Kelly, Ellen Story, Stanley C. Rosenberg and Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to authorize the Trial Court to establish a sick leave bank for Barbara Milotte, an employee of said court;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5114) of Marie J. Parente relative to the distribution of certain documents by the State Library;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

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

The Senate Bill simplifying the approval of certain subdivisions (Senate, No. 1842),— was considered.
Pending the main question on passing it to be engrossed, and pending the motion to lay it on the table, on motion of Ms. Melconian, the bill was recommitted to the committee on Bills in the Third Reading.

The House Bill relative to recall elections in the town of Sheffield (House, No. 5096),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at ten minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill providing for address confidentiality for victims of domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault and stalking (Senate, No. 1418),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2173).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill (Senate, No. 2173) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to the compensation of the chairpersons of the legislative committee on Education, Arts and Humanities (House, No. 5003),— ought to pass, with amendments:
Striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2174; and by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title: “An Act relative to the foundation budget review commission and compensation of certain members of the legislative committee on Education, Arts and Humanities”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to income taxation and certain income eligibility calculations for certain recovered assets of Holocaust survivors (House, No. 5086),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill providing additional funding for the Central Artery/Tunnel project (House, No. 5104),— ought to pass, with amendments:
Striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2175; and by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title: “An Act providing additional funding for the Central Artery/ Ted Williams Tunnel Project and the statewide road and bridge program”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, at sixteen minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.