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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Monday, May 20, 2002.

Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Petition.

Ms. Resor presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Pamela P. Resor and Geoffrey D. Hall (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Harvard to employ Peter E. Warren as fire chief for two years after his sixty-fifth birthday [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to veteran registration plates for motorcycles (see House, No. 4334, amended), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 5 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.
 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Leokadia Rowinski as the 2002 recipient of the William Lizak Humanitarian Award”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Jennie R. Rigalis as the 2002 recipient of the Outstanding Polish Heritage Citizen Award”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “recognizing the contributions of Albert L. Thibaudeau to the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “on the occasion of the retirement of John E. Hagerty, Jr.”

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 Marc R. Pacheco for legislation relative to workers’ compensation, physician payment rates and permanent injuries.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

 

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, Reed V. Hillman, Robert A. O’Leary, Anne M. Gobi and other members of the General Court for legislation to proclaim May twenty-fifth as Missing Children’s Day.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Engrossed Bills.

An engrossed Bill relative to certain property tax assessments in the town of Windsor (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 4955) (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 enacted, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation.

 

An engrossed Bill designating a certain square in the town of Dracut as the Captain John Ogonowski Memorial Square and a certain trail in the town of Cheshire as the Sergeant Daniel H. Petithory Memorial Trail (see House, No. 4749, 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 enacted, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation.

 

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 Bill designating a portion of the Holyoke Heritage State Park as the Dinapoli Plaza (Senate, No. 2309),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act designating a portion of the Holyoke Heritage State Park as Dinapoli Plaza”.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

The Senate Bill directing the Secretary of the Commonwealth to place a certain nonbinding question on the biennial state election ballot in the city of Holyoke (Senate, No. 2320, changed) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

The House Bill authorizing the town of Truro to establish an affordable housing trust fund (House, No. 4477),— was read a third time.

Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed. Mr. O’Leary presented amendments striking out section 3 and inserting in place thereof the following section:—

“SECTION 3. The town may appropriate by a majority vote at any special or annual town meeting such sums as may be available in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for specific capital purchases of land or buildings, and any acquisition or disposition of real property, for purposes related to affordable housing. The board of selectmen by a majority vote may authorize other expenditures from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for purposes related to affordable housing.”; and by striking out section 5.
The amendments were adopted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendments.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendments.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Baddour,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday 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. Knapik, at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.