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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, May 7, 2001.

Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair).



Mr. Rosenberg presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1855) of Stanley C. Rosenberg and Ellen Story (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the Amherst town charter [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 Mr. Tolman presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Steven A. Tolman and Rachel Kaprielian for legislation relative to continued taxability of real property purchased by charitable organizations,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


The Clerk read the following communication:




May 4, 2001.

Patrick F. Scanlan
Clerk of the Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On Thursday, May 3, 2001, I was away from the State House on a personal matter and I was therefore unable to be present for roll call votes taken on the following items:
• An Act Correcting The Incest Statute (Senate Bill 175).
• An Act Authorizing The Town of Mansfield To Use Certain Conservation Land for Road and Bridge Purposes (H. 4002).
Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on both matters.
I would appreciate your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate journal. Thank you in advance for your help with this request.



Senate Majority Whip.

  On motion of Mr. Knapik, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.



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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Glodis) “congratulating and welcoming His Beatitude Gregory III to the United States and the Commonwealth on May 10, 2001”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Magnani) “honoring Michael Dineen”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rosenberg) “commending Walter Chestnut”;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “on the retirement of Wayne Kivi”;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Jeffrey Gardner Palermo of Stoughton upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Firefighter John Francis Patterson on the occasion of his retirement.”


Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1835), a Bill relative to the regulation of home inspectors (Senate, No. 1841).
The bill was read. There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time.
Mr. Antonioni presented an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act further regulating the licensing of certain home inspectors” (Senate, No. 1856).
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 1856) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


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 creating the official donut of the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 1606),— 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 designating the Boston Cream Donut as the official donut of the Commonwealth”.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

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. Tarr, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.