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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Thursday, May 10, 2001.

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) introduced twelfth grade government students from Milford High School who participated in an E-vent chat with the Senate President and Senator Moore earlier this year. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Angelo Calagione, and were the guests of Senator Moore:

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) introduced visitors from Lowell and Chelmsford who were visiting the State House today. They were the guests of Senator Fargo.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) introduced the Foxboro High School wrestling team, 2001 Division III state wrestling champions. The team has won the championship for the third straight year and five of the last six years. They were accompanied by their coach, Brian Gallagher, and were the guests of Senator Sprague.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) introduced South African delegates who are visiting Massachusetts. The delegates included Mr. Jack Bloom, Chief Opposition Whip, Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Mr. Mondil Chiliza, National Organizer, Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade, KwaZulu Natal Province, Mr. Marius Fransman, Deputy Whip, Western Cape Legislature, Mr. Kelvin Patience, Ward Councilor, Letsemeng Municipal Council, Free State Province, Ms. Belinda Scott, Chief Opposition Whip, KwaZulu Natal Legislature, Ms. Ntombikayise Sibhida, Commissioner, KwaZulu Natal Youth Commission and Mr. Kenneth Insley, Senior Program Officer, American Council of Young Political Leaders. The delegates were accompanied by Representative Koutoujian of Newton and were the guests of Senator Fargo.

 

Communication.

A communication from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance submitting additional information relative to estimated revenue loss associated with setting a maximum fee for business corporations who want to increase their shares of capital stock (received Thursday, May 3, 2001),— was placed on file.

 

Reports.

A report of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (under the provisions of Section 20 of Chapter 81A of the General Laws) submitting its annual report for 2000 (received Thursday, May 3, 2001),— was placed on file.

The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of the Essex County Correctional Facility (received Tuesday, May 1, 2001); and

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of the Suffolk County Jail (received Wednesday, May 2, 2001).

 

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Antonio (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jeffrey Mankiewicz for legislation to regulate the medical treatment of chronic intractable pain; and

By Mr. Travaglini, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Thomas G. Ambrosino, mayor, Robert E. Travaglini, Robert A. DeLeo and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to further regulate the rights of certain employees of the city of Revere who were laid off in the years 1981 and 1982 [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Mr Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill relative to the subdivision control law (Senate, No. 1012);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The House Bill relative to the regulation of hours of operation for common victualler licenses (House, No. 1754).

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to establishing sentencing guidelines and mandating post-release supervision for criminal offenders (House, No. 4136),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Criminal Justice.  

A Bill relative to home inspectors (House, No. 4135,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

Bills

Authorizing the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea to convey a certain parcel of land held for conservation purposes (House, No. 1239,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the town of Chilmark to erect a radio tower on certain conservation land (House, No. 3963,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally 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. Pacheco) “on the retirement of Lois Knight Ennis”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating the Foxborough High School Wrestling Team upon winning the Division III MIAA State Championship”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “honoring Carol Dingle”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Nicholas Perry on the occasion of his Court of Honor.”

Order Adopted.

Ms. Menard presented the following order:—

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of an order previously adopted, the Joint Rules of the previous General Court shall remain in effect until Friday, July 12, 2001, as the temporary Joint Rules of the present General Court.
There being no objection, the order was considered forthwith and adopted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Barbara Hopwood for legislation to further regulate condominiums.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.  

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert A. Antonioni and Brian Knuuttila for legislation to create the public safety officers’ catastrophic injury fund.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Safety.

 

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael R. Knapik and Cele Hahn (with the approval of the mayor and the city council) for legislation to exempt certain positions in the city of Westfield from the civil service law [Local approval received].
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.

 

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Steven A. Tolman and Rachel Kaprielian for legislation relative to continued taxability of real property purchased by charitable organizations.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Taxation.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The House bills

Relative to pension benefits for Robert Rogers (House, No. 4047); and

Relative to pension benefits for Thomas J. Gomperts (House, No. 4048);
Were severally read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.  

Recess.

There being no objection, at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-eight minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to age discrimination in housing (see Senate, No. 631) (which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting Governor for her approbation.  

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4139) of Rachel Kaprielian and Steven A. Tolman relative to the taxation of real property,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Taxation.  

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 six minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.