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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, May 11, 2000.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).


A report of the Bureau of Special Investigations (under the provisions of Section 15D(6) of Chapter 22 of the General Laws) submitting its report for the month of March, 2000 (received Friday, May 5, 2000),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2187), a Bill to establish a patient safety and medical error reduction program for the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2195);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “congratulating the Weymouth High School ‘Sydney Singers’”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lynch) “congratulating Francis ‘Mickey’ Roache on being named ‘Alumnus of the Year’ by the South Boston Boys and Girls Club”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lynch) “in appreciation of Boston Emergency Medical Services”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “congratulating Ted Mroczkowski on being selected as the year 2000 ‘Book of Golden Deeds’ recipient”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rosenberg) “on the death of Alvin E. Thompson”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “commemorating the city of Melrose’s rededication of City Hall and installation of its centennial time capsule”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tolman “honoring Her Royal Highness the Princess Margarita of Romania”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “honoring the Home for Little Wanderers.”


Senate Order — Amended.

The Senate Order granting the joint committee on Education, Arts and Humanities until May 1, 2000 to give further consideration to Senate documents 208, 213, 217, 227, 231, 261, 264, 267, 276, 288, 291, 299, 300, 309, 311, 312, 1774 and 2063 and House documents numbered 417, 624, 765, 1347, 1349, 1719, 1721, 1912, 1918, 2102, 2491, 2492, 2667, 2678, 2865, 3239, 3240, 3241, 3440, 3629, 3815 and 3981, relative to special education, community service learning, higher education finance, education collaboratives and regional school district borrowing,— came from the House adopted, in concurrence, with amendments: striking out the date “May 1” and inserting in place thereof the date “June 7”; and striking out the following: “and 2063” and inserting in place thereof the following: “, 2063, 2136, 2137 and 2148”.
There being no objection, the House amendments were considered forthwith and adopted, in 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 House Bill rescinding the acceptance by the town of Canton of a certain general law (House, No. 4326) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.


Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5157) of Thomas M. Petrolati for legislation to clarify the powers and duties of the Cooperative Banks Employees Retirement Association;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Banks and Banking.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5158) of Thomas N. George and Henri S. Rauschenbach relative to betterment assessments in cities and town;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, 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 seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.