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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, April 27, 1998.

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

Communication.

A communication from the Department of Public Health relative to the inspection and plan of correction of MCI-Lancaster (received Monday, April 27, 1998),— was placed on file.

Reports.

A report of the Bureau of Special Investigations (under the provisions of Section 15D(6) of Chapter 22 of the General Laws) submitting a report of its activities for the month of March 1998 (received Thursday, April 23, 1998),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

A report of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (under the provisions of Section 50 of Chapter 7 of the General Laws) submitting proposed rules and regulations governing the investment and accounting practices of the public pension systems in Massachusetts (Senate, No. 2188) (received Friday, April 24, 1998),— was referred to the committee on Public Service.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer for legislation relative to expression by public secondary school students; and
By Mr. Montigny, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mark C. Montigny for legislation relative to long term care residents who are the subject of probate court proceedings;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Papers from the House

Bills
Further regulating waterskiing (printed as Senate, No. 1134,— on Senate, No. 1134 and House, No. 2763);
Relative to the taxation of certain real property (House, No. 4669,— on House, No. 837); and
Further regulating the construction of statutes (House, No. 4962,— on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill relative to a certain retired employee of the town of Reading (House, No. 5389,— on petition) [Local approval received] (Senator Moore of the committee on Public Service dissenting),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

A message from His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to clarifying the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court (House, No. 5449),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Fargo of Fifth Middlesex to fill the vacancy.

Report 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 Richard R. Tisei and Brian M. Cresta for legislation to authorize the Division of Capital Planning and Operations to grant a strip of real property located in the town of Wakefield to the owner of the abutting property.
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 State Administration.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Papers from the House

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5463) of Ellen Story (by vote of the town) relative to the nomination of town meeting members in the town of Amherst;
To the committee on Election Laws.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5464) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) that the town of North Reading be authorized to establish a special fund for the payment of costs of certain benefits of employees of said town; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5465) of Mary Jeanette Murray (by vote of the town) relative to the powers and duties of the town manager of the town of Cohasset;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5471) of Charles A. Murphy, James R. Miceli, Bruce E. Tarr and Brian Knuuttila relative to the noncriminal disposition of public health violations by cities and towns;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5472) of Paul E. Caron and other members of the General Court relative to designating the song "Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts" as the official polka of the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Engrossed Bill Amended.

An engrossed Bill relative to construction of certain dwellings in the town of Wilmington (see House Bill, printed as Senate, No. 992, amended) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was put upon its final passage.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, on motion of Mr. Brewer, Senate Rule 49 was suspended.
An amendment, presented by Mr. Tarr, that the engrossed bill be amended by striking out, in line 2, the word "there",— was read and adopted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Birmingham, Havern, Tolman and Travaglini) "honoring Pamela Thomure for her leadership and dedicated service to the Cambridge Democratic City 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 Ms. Murray, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "on the occasion of the retirement of Robert Byard as Superintendent of Schools in Belchertown", 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 Ms. Murray, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Durand) "congratulating Police Chief Thomas W. O'Dea of the Littleton Police Department on the occasion of his retirement", 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 Ms. Murray, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Durand) "congratulating Paul J. Tiernan on the occasion of his retirement from the Littleton Board of Selectmen", 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 Ms. Murray, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "commending John N. DeCosta for his many years of dedicated service to the town of Mattapoisett", 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 Ms. Murray, and adopted.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Fargo of Fifth Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex thereto.

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., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.


On motion of Mr. Lees, at ten minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o'clock A.M.