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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, May 13, 1999.

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


Notice was received that the President had made the following appointments to the Assembly on Federal Issues Committees established by the National Conference of State Legislatures:
Senators Lynch of Suffolk, to the committee on Agriculture and International Trade, Magnani of Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester, to the committee on Commerce and Communication, Antonioni of Worcester and Middlesex, to the committee on Education, Labor and Job Training, Panagiotakos of Middlesex, to the committee on Energy and Transportation, Pacheco of Plymouth and Bristol to the committee on the Environment, Montigny of Bristol, to the committee on Federal Budget and Taxation, Moore of Worcester and Norfolk, to the committee on Health, Murray of Plymouth and Barnstable, to the committee on Human Services and Creem of Middlesex and Norfolk, to the committee on Law and Justice.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1457), a Bill relative to the transfer of a certain parcel of land by the Hampshire County Housing Authority (Senate, No. 1788); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1416), a Bill relative to certain retainage accounts (Senate, No. 1789);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

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
To maintain privacy (Senate, No. 161);
Making it a felony to commit assault and battery on emergency room personnel (Senate, No. 169);
To enhance individual learning in children (Senate, No. 268);
Relative to the reporting of abuse of children (Senate, No. 588);
Further regulating certain activities (Senate, No. 939);
To regulate the speed of school buses on limited access highways (Senate, No. 1111); and
Providing that no other flag or pennant be flown higher than the American flag (Senate, No. 1448).


A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to the town of Plymouth (House, No. 4304),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Taxation.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) "on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Union No. 4 Boston";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "on the occasion of the retirement of John Begley";
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Fargo) "recognizing Anthony Rags'LaCava for his years of community service to the city of Waltham";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Glodis) "congratulating Shrewsbury High School hockey team upon winning the Division III State Championship";
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Glodis and Moore) "congratulating Don Klocek on the occasion of his retirement";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rauschenbach) "on the occasion of the dedication of a flagpole and plaque in memory of Brian A. Aselton"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) "congratulating Kenneth J. McGowan of Seekonk upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout."


On motion of Mr. Shannon, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Brewer (accompanied by bill) of Stephen M. Brewer, Mary S. Rogeness and David H. Tuttle for legislation to validate the action taken at a special district meeting and a special district election of the Tantasqua Regional School District,— and the same was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4305) of Eugene L. O'Flaherty (with the approval of the city council) that the city of Chelsea be authorized to issue certain pension obligation bonds,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Local Affairs.

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 Senate bills
Relative to a technical correction to the state's assisted living laws (Senate, No. 583); and
Relative to the granting leave of pay for injuries sustained on the job as a police officer or fire fighter (Senate, No. 1294);
Were severally read a second time.
Under the provisions of Senate Rule 27, the bills were severally referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Resor,—
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 nine minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.