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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, April 13, 1998.

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

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Nuciforo, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., for legislation to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises on Sundays and legal holidays; and
By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., for legislation to authorize the simulcasting of live horse racing in Berkshire county;
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 Public Service, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2159), an 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 2159, relative to options on retirement (Senate, No. 2175);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Mr. Berry, 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 providing protection for certain retirement accounts (House, No. 1355).

Papers from the House

A Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 1998 to provide for certain capital and supplemental appropriations (House, No. 5427, printed as amended,— on House, Nos. 5266, App. A and 5267, App. B),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "congratulating Charles E. Grout for his many years of volunteerism service to the community and to veterans", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Keating) "congratulating Margaret F. Myers on the occasion of her retirement from the Norton school committee", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) "honoring the Milford High School Scarlet Hawks' varsity basketball team on winning the 1998 Central/Western Massachusetts Division 1 Championship", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "congratulating the Sacred Heart Parish upon the celebration of its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Brewer, and adopted.

Papers from the House
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to certain betterment assessments in the town of Granby (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5330) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5431) of Evelyn G. Chesky, Michael R. Knapik and Walter A. DeFilippi (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to establishing senior citizen safety zones in the city of Holyoke;
To the committee on Local Affairs.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5436) of Paul C. Casey and other members of the House for legislation to provide for the design, construction and equipping of a headquarters and training facility for the Department of Fire Services in the town of Stow;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5437) of Kevin L. Finnegan and other members of the General Court for the issuance of an annual proclamation by the Governor setting apart the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Parents Day;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5438) of Colleen M. Garry relative to tax deductions for certain working families with children;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Taxation.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5439) of Joan M. Menard and Thomas C. Norton for legislation to designate the bridge on state highway Route 6 over the Taunton River between the town of Somerset and the city of Fall River as the Arthur "Chick" Marchand Memorial Bridge;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Norton, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Frederick E. Berry for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Sandra Norfolk, an employee of the Department of Mental Retardation.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2190) was referred to the committee on Public Service.

By Mr. Norton, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael W. Morrissey and Michael G. Bellotti for legislation to increase the real estate tax abatement for senior citizens.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Taxation.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

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 House Bill relative to the provision of natural gas service in the town of Wakefield (printed in House, No. 5060),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill transferring control of a certain parcel of park land in the city of Holyoke (House, No. 5237),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Papers from the House
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 Acting Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to the Buzzards Bay Water District (see House, No. 5076, amended); and
Authorizing the city of Fall River retirement board to increase the pension payable to retired firefighter Walter Nicolau (see House, No. 5111, amended).

An engrossed Bill establishing the office of town accountant in the town of Plympton (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5200) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative; and it was signed by the President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the suspension of certain labor laws in an emergency (see Senate, No. 1862, 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 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Norton,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday 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. Lees, at eleven minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o'clock A.M.