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Met at five 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).
The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) relinquished the gavel to the Senator from Plymouth and Bristol, Mr. Pacheco, who introduced, seated in the gallery, students from the Martin Middle School in Taunton. They were accompanied by their teachers Ms. Lyons, Mrs. Lawler, Ms. Eldridge and Ms. Palmer.
Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair, Ms. Murray presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Therese Murray, Robert A. O’Leary and Eric Turkington for legislation to authorize the University of Massachusetts to convey a certain parcel of land in the town of Nantucket to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government,
reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied
by bill, Senate, No. 2332) of James N. Thivierge for legislation relative to municipal
finance,— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on
Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Establishing a sick leave bank for Joseph Coleman, an employee of the trial court of the Commonwealth (House, No. 2270,— on petition); and
Granting authority over notary publics to the Secretary of State (House, No. 4595,
amended,— on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A Bill authorizing the town of Edgartown to enter into a certain lease (House, No. 4339,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “congratulating Joseph
D. Saucier upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; Resolutions (filed
by Mr. Joyce) “on the retirement of Francis X. Gill, Sr.”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Czeslaw “Chester” Cholewa”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “on the retirement of Bob Fisher”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “congratulating Frank S. Hess on the occasion of his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rosenberg) “on the occasion of the retirement of Irene K. Cronin”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rosenberg) “on the retirement of Jerome M. Mileur”;
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Benjamin James Cuneo of Mansfield upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tarr) “celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Suffolk University’s Masters Degree in Public Administration.”
Report of a Committee.
By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and
Means, that the House Bill relative to the terms of certain bonds to be issued
by the Commonwealth (printed in House, No. 4285),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, 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 Senate Bill relocating certain harbor lines in the Fairhaven and New Bedford harbors (Senate, No. 2170),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Bills Returned with Recommendation of Amendment.
message from His Excellency the Governor returning with recommendation of amendment
the engrossed Bill exempting members of the police force of the town of Hopedale
from the civil service law (see House, No. 4309) [for message, see House, No.
4685],— came from the House with endorsement that the House adopted the amendment
(as recommended by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading) in the following
In Section 1 (as printed) by striking out in line 1, the figure “264” and inserting in place thereof the figure “262”; and by striking out section 2 and inserting in place thereof the following section:
“SECTION 2. Section 1A of said chapter 262, inserted by section 1 of this act, shall not impair the civil service status of the ersons serving as employees of the police force of the town of Hopedale on the effective date of this act.”
The message was read; and, under, the provisions of Article LVI of the Amendments to the Constitution, the bill was before the Senate subject to amendment and re-enactment.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.
Sent to the House for re-enactment.
An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Lunenburg to establish a capital improvement trust fund and a bond and note proceeds investment fund (see Senate, No. 1144, amended) (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 Governor for his approbation.
The following House Orders (severally approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) were severally considered forthwith and adopted in concurrence, as follows, to wit:
Ordered, That notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Taxation be granted until Friday, May 28, 2004 to make its final report on current House document 4485.
Ordered, That notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the Committee on Commerce and Labor be granted until Wednesday, May 19, 2004, the time within which to report on current Senate documents numbered 46, 2088 and 2204 and current House document numbered 4524.
Mr. Barrios presented the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That amendments
offered to the Senate Bill to extend the ban on assault weapons and further reduce
gun violence in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2282) must be filed in the office
of the Clerk of the Senate no later than five o’clock P.M., on Monday, May 24,
2004, to be printed in the Senate Calendar for Thursday, May 28, 2004.
There being no objection, the order was considered forthwith, and it was adopted.
There being no objection, at twenty-three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at nineteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Moore in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
An engrossed Bill relative to the Jacob Sears Memorial Library (see House, No. 3746, amended) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be re-enacted and was signed by the Acting President (Moore) and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.
On motion of Mr. Hedlund, at eighteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet again on the following Wednesday at twelve o’clock noon, pursuant to an order previously adopted by the Senate.