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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, May 16, 2005.

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

The Chair (Mr. Havern), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

The Chair (Mr. Havern) handed the gavel to Mr. Morrissey for the purpose of introducing, seated in the rear of the Chamber, officers and residents of Leisurewoods, Rockland. The group included Harvey Smith, President, Barbara Jordan, Vice-President, Joyce Joseph, Secretary of Quality of Life Committee and Arthur Senter, a former Senate Court Officer.

Report.

A report of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (under the provisions of Chapter 161B of the General Laws) submitting its 2004 annual report (received Friday, May 13, 2005),— was placed on file.

Petition.

Mr. Augustus (by request) presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Michael J. Grandone for legislation relative to tax relief for tobacco venders,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill relative to taxi service (Senate, No. 1186);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to municipal appropriations (Senate, No. 1202); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to assistant assessors in cities and towns (Senate, No. 1211);
Read and under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “honoring Terrence and Susan Reddington”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “congratulating Kevin Hamel”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Normand and Dorothy Emond on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Joseph Robert Wood on the occasion of his Court of Honor”; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tarr, Brewer and Morrissey, Ms. Spilka and Ms. Tucker) “recognizing National Safe Boating Week.”

Orders Adopted.

Ms. Menard presented the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That in conformity with the provisions of Senate Rule 27A, all amendments to the recommended Senate Ways and Means new text to the General Appropriation Bill (Senate, No. 2100), will be filed electronically into the Office of the Clerk of the Senate by 6:00 P.M., on Thursday, May 19, 2005.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.

Ms. Menard presented the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That notwithstanding the provisions of Senate Rule 27A or any other rule to the contrary, all amendments offered by members to the general appropriation bill, as reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, shall be second reading amendments, but further amendments in the third degree to such amendments shall be in order. After the bill, as amended, is ordered to a third reading, the question shall immediately be on passing it to be engrossed, and no amendment shall be in order at the third reading of the bill unless recommended by the Committee on Bills in the Third Reading. All other provisions of Senate Rule 27A and of other rules shall continue to apply.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the order was considered forthwith and adopted.

Petition.

On motion of Mr. Morrissey, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Ms. Wilkerson, (accompanied by bill) of Dianne Wilkerson for legislation to expand the legislative oversight of agency regulations,— and the same was referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
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 Stephen M. Brewer and Anthony J. Verga for legislation to expedite the receipt of certain federal funds.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4056) of John A. Lepper and Scott P. Brown for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Earle Bercier, an employee of the Department of Correction;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4057) of Anthony J. Verga and others relative to bonuses for residents of the Commonwealth who served in the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Morrissey,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in a full formal session without a calendar.

On motion of Ms. Fargo, at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.