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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 11, 1999.

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


A report of the Department of Education (under the provisions of Section 1G of Chapter 15 of the General Laws) submitting a preliminary report on summer food service program grants (received Tuesday, May 4, 1999),— was placed on file.


The following communications were severally placed on file:
Communication from the Department of Telecommunications and Energy submitting preliminary information on area code conservation and area code relief (received Tuesday, May 4, 1999);
Communication from Boston Redevelopment Authority (under the provisions of Section 4(f) of Chapter 152 of the Acts of 1997) relative to certain notices to acquire certain land by eminent domain in conjunction with the development of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; a copy having been transmitted to the Senate Chair of the joint committee on Transportation (received Tuesday, May 4, 1999);
Communication from Robert J. Garvey, Sheriff, Hampshire County, submitting a plan of action letter in response to inspection of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction (received Thursday, May 6, 1999); and
Communication from Vincent Luca, Director, Department of Industrial Accidents, submitting the department's annual report for fiscal year 1998 including the advancement of the Commonwealth's workers' compensation system and progress of the department (received Friday, May 7, 1999).


Ms. Fargo presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Fargo, Mary Jeanette Murray, Stephen M. Brewer, Cynthia S. Creem and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to providing municipal Y2K protection,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4300) of Eric Turkington, Nancy J. Caffyn, Therese Murray, Demetrius J. Atsalis and Henri S. Rauschenbach for legislation to establish the Upper Cape regional water supply cooperative (having been transmitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth under the provisions of Section 7 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws, and was returned by him with memoranda relative thereto),— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 9, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.


The Clerk read the following communication:


May 11, 1999.

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

Dear Mr. Scanlan:

On Thursday, May 6, 1999, I was unable to be present for roll call votes taken on three pieces of legislation due to a previously scheduled commitment out of state.
Specifically, Senate 1751 relative to the crimes of assault and battery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon; Senate 965 relative to a land taking in the town of Winthrop and House 4261 relative to making appropriations for certain existing supplementary expenditures for fiscal year 1999 all came before the Senate for debate. Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on all three proposals.
I would greatly appreciate your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate Journal. Thank you in advance for assistance with this matter.


State Senator.

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

Report of Committees.

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 Richard T. Moore, Guy W. Glodis, Paul K. Frost and John P. Fresolo for legislation to designate a portion of Route 146 as the Blackstone Valley Parkway.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Transportation.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at two o'clock P.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.


There being no objection, at eleven minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at fourteen minutes before three o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

Message from the Governor.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to the construction and financing of infrastructure and other improvements in the town of Foxborough and at Foxboro Stadium (Senate, No. 1786) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Tuesday, May 11, 1999 at sixteen minutes before three o'clock P.M.),— was read and referred to the committee on State Administration.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

On motion of Ms. Fargo, at thirteen minutes before three o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at two o'clock P.M.