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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, April 20, 2000.

Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Communication.

A communication was received from the President announcing the appointment of Senator Travaglini of Suffolk and Middlesex as chairman of the Legislative Children’s Caucus. The communication was placed on file.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Joyce, for the committee on Public Service, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2170), an Order 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 a certain current Senate document numbered 2170 regarding motor vehicle district office supervisors’ retirement in the state police (Senate, No. 2179);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2000 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 5119,— on House, No. 4995, in part),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills

Designating the state highway in the town of Westford as the Pat Bradley Highway (House, No. 3019,— on petition); and

Relative to the South Grafton Water District (House, No. 4942,— on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill authorizing the town of Chelmsford to convey an easement in certain conservation land (House, No. 5043,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “in recognition of Donald Boothman for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Hardwick community”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “congratulating Dennis O’Donnell for his dedicated service to the town of Hubbardston”;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating the Rising Star Lodge on the occasion of its two hundredth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tolman, Ms. Melconian, Messrs. Bernstein and Brewer, Ms. Creem, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Lees, Lynch, Moore, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Pacheco, Panagiotakos, Rauschenbach, Rosenberg, Shannon and Ms. Wilkerson) “on the occasion of the day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “honoring the Eta Phi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.”.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5122) of Marie P. St. Fleur and other members of the General Court relative to authorizing the Attorney General of the Commonwealth to take necessary actions for the recovery of public funds expended due to childhood lead poisoning;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5123) of Paul E. Caron relative to establishing municipal funds for the upgrading of local police computer systems;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the House committee on Science and Technology; and the Senate concurred in the suspension of said rule.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to life insurance company liquidation proceedings (see House, No. 4852, 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 enacted and was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

The House Bill authorizing Berkshire County to acquire certain property (House, No. 5066),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time.
Mr. Nuciforo presented an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2180; by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title: “An Act authorizing the acquisition of Hoosac Lake”; and by inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:—
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to authorize the acquisition of Hoosac Lake under specified conditions, therefore it is declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”
The amendments were adopted.
The bill, as amended, was ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendments.

Reports 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 William F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth and Robert S. Creedon, Jr., for legislation to prohibit abusive practices in high-cost home mortgage lending.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Banks and Banking.

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 James P. Jajuga, Richard T. Moore, Colleen M. Garry, J. James Marzilli, Jr., and other members of the General Court for legislation to amend drunk driving penalties.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Criminal Justice.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to income taxation and certain income eligibility calculations for certain recovered assets of Holocaust survivors (see House, No. 5086), 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 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.

Recess.

At nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at a quarter past one o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

The House Bill providing additional funding for the Central Artery/Tunnel project (House, No. 5104),— came from the House with the endorsement that the House had NON-concurred in the Senate amendments:
Striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 2178; and 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”.,— and had asked for a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches; and that Representatives Sullivan of Braintree, Haley of Weymouth and Gauch of Shrewsbury been appointed on the part of the House.
On motion of Mr. Tisei, the Senate insisted in its amendments, and concurred in the appointment of a committee of conference; and Senators Montigny, Havern and Rauschenbach were appointed to the committee on the part of the Senate.
The bill was returned to the House endorsed accordingly.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the foundation budget review commission and compensation of certain members of the legislative committee on Education, Arts and Humanities (see House, No. 5003), 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 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tisei,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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. Tisei, at seventeen minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.