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Tuesday, May 4, 1999.
Met at six minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.
A report of the Massachusetts State Lottery (under the provisions of Section 24 of Chapter 10 of the General Laws) submitting its consolidated statement of operations for the lottery and arts lottery funds for the months of January and February 1999 (received Monday, May 3, 1999), was read and sent to the House for its information.
Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the
following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate bills
Requiring motor vehicle operators to activate the vehicle's interior lighting when stopped by a police officer during the nighttime (Senate, No. 1072); and
Relative to the granting leave of pay for injuries sustained on the job as a police officer or fire fighter (Senate, No. 1294).
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 Public Service to make an investigation and
study of various Senate documents relative to civil service and compensation (Senate, No.
1777), and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
A report of the committee on Government Regulations, ought NOT to pass, on so much of the recommendations of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (House, No. 9) as relates to the testing of natural gas meters (accompanied by bill, House, No. 44), was referred, under Senate Rule 36, to the committee on Steering and Policy.
By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the
House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 1999 to provide for supplementing certain
existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 4261),
ought to pass, with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place
thereof the text of Senate document numbered 1784; 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 immediately to make or supplement certain appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999 and to make certain changes in the law, each of which is immediately necessary or appropriate to effectuate said appropriations or for other important public purposes, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.".
[Direct Appropriations: $ 195,860,249
Authorized Spending from
Retained Revenues: 390,651
Revenue Offsets: 22,725,651
Net State Cost: 173,525,249].
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, 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.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE
An engrossed Bill relative to the school committee in the city of Malden (see House, No. 4133) (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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
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 Mark C. Montigny
for legislation relative to designating the Purchase Street exit off of state highway Route 18 in
memory of Alvin Glaser.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Transportation.
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 crime of assault and battery (Senate, No. 1751), was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.
Ms. Melconian presented the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That, when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Thursday next at one o'clock P.M.; that notwithstanding the provisions of any rule to the contrary full consideration by the Senate shall be allowed on Thursday (May 6) on the House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 1999 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 4261); and provided further that amendments to said bill shall be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Senate no later than eleven o'clock A.M., on Wednesday (May 5), and that said amendments shall be identified in the Calendar with a one sentence descriptive title. Said amendments shall be considered as being filed pursuant to the provisions of Senate Rule 31A.
The order was considered forthwith; and, there being no objection, it was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, at ten minutes past eleven o'clock
A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at one o'clock P.M.