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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, April 17, 2001.

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


A report on the furniture conservation plan for the office of the President, Massachusetts Senate was received from the Office of the President and placed on file. A copy of said report was transmitted by the Clerk of the Senate to the State Library.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Moore of Worcester and Norfolk as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin to fill the vacancy.

Subsequently, the President announced the resignation of Senator Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin as a member of said committee and the reappointment of Senator Moore of Worcester and Norfolk thereto.


Mrs. Sprague presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul E. Dubois and Jo Ann Sprague for legislation relative to a retirement buy back from the state board of retirement for Paul E. Dubois,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of a Committee.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill relative to designating April 7th of every year as the Civilian Conservation Corps Day (Senate, No. 409);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the annual observance of Jack Kerouac Day (Senate, No. 1571); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill creating the official donut of the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 1606);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.


Committee Discharged.

Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 649) of Richard R. Tisei, Bruce E. Tarr and Brian M. Cresta for legislation to establish a playground fund under the administration of the Department of Housing and Community Development,— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.



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

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem and Ms. Wilkerson) “congratulating Kids’ Karate on the occasion of its nineteenth anniversary”;

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Hedlund, Morrissey and Joyce) “on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of South Shore ARC”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Virginia and John Forbes of Walpole”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Kyle Marvin Fox of Seekonk upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Stuart Charles Scipione II of Sharon upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”


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 relative to the reporting deadline of the commission on alternative medicine (Senate, No. 528, changed),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act extending the time for the Commission on Alternative Medicine to report.”

Sent to the House for concurrence.



A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4097) of William Francis Galvin, Robert F. Fennell and Stephen F. Lynch relative to funding collective bargaining agreements between the Commonwealth and employees in certain registries of deeds in the Commonwealth,— came from the House referred, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the House committee on Ways and Means; and the Senate concurred in the suspension of said joint rule.


Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the school building assistance program (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 4075, amended) (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 re-enacted and was signed by the President and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.


Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday 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. Hedlund, at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.