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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, May 22, 2003.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair).

The Senator from Worcester, Ms. Chandler, then led the Chair (Ms. Walsh), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

Mr. Tarr in the Chair, there being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Tarr) introduced, gathered in the rear of the Chamber, seventh graders from the Miles River Middle School of Hamilton-Wenham. The students were accompanied by their teachers and chaperones, as well as Representative Hill of Ipswich. The students, teachers and chaperones were the guests of Senator Tarr and Representative Hill.

Petitions.

Ms. Walsh in the Chair, Mr. Nuciforo presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1997) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. and Stephen Kulik (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to certain property tax assessments in the town of Williamsburg [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Taxation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.  

Mr. Magnani presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of David P. Magnani, Cynthia S. Creem, Robert A. DeLeo, Pamela P. Resor and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the maintenance of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority’s toll discount program,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2004 for the maintenance of the departments, boards, commissions, institutions and certain activities of the Commonwealth, for interest, sinking fund and serial bond requirements and for certain permanent improvements (House, No. 4001, printed as amended) , — ought to pass, with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2004.

[Direct Appropriation: $21,624,085,628
[Retained Revenue Authorization $21,936,874,264
[Total appropriation: $22,560,959,892.]

[NOTE: The report was received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, May 21, 2003.]

Referred, under Senate Rule 26, to the committee on Steering and Policy.
Subsequently, Ms. Jacques, for the said committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for Wednesday, May 28, pursuant to the provisions of Senate Rule 27A.

By Ms. Chandler, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, on Senate, No. 734 and House, Nos. 2608 and 2617, a Bill authorizing the funding of the production and modification of housing for people with disabilities (Senate, No. 734); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on the residue of House, No. 2014, a Bill relative to financing the affordable housing trust fund (Senate, No. 1998);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26B, referred to the committee on Long-Term Debt and Capital Expenditures.

By Mr. Baddour, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Waltham as the William F. Stanley bridge (Senate, No. 1863);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to designating a certain square in the town of Webster the Elks Memorial Square (Senate, No. 1889);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill designating Route 146A in the town of Uxbridge as the Lydia Taft Highway (Senate, No. 1890); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill designating a certain portion of state highway Route 44 as the Prisoner of War-Missing in Action Memorial Highway (Senate, No. 1893);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “on the retirement of Betty Mattoli”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “congratulating Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the occasion of the christening of the Training Ship Enterprise”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray and Mr. O’Leary) “honoring Herbert Wettstein”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray and Mr. O’Leary) “congratulating Joan Wilds”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the retirement of Gerald P. Chipman”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “honoring Reverend Philip D. Goff’;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Shannon) “congratulating Mayor Dorothy A. Kelly Gay on 25 years of American citizenship”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Sean-Eric Civitarese of Foxborough upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “congratulating Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute for 10 years of service.”

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, 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 and Anne M. Gobi for legislation relative to the selection of the superintendent of the Tantasqua and Union 61 school district
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.=  

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Guy W. Glodis for legislation to declare the Minuteman the official mascot of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.  

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 7B be suspended on the Senate petition of Richard T. Moore, Paul K. Frost, Mark J. Carron and Paul Kujawski for legislation to amend the Oxford town charter to create a development and industrial commission.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 7B was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Local Affairs.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Petition.

On motion of Mr. Rosenberg, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Moore, (accompanied by bill) of Richard T. Moore, Edward G. Connolly, Philip Travis, Shirley Gomes and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve planning and oversight of health care and establish a medicaid budget,— and the same was referred to the committee on Health Care.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Tuesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar; and that when the Senate adjourns on Tuesday, that it adjourn to meet on Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M., notwithstanding the provisions of Senate Rule 38B. 

On motion of Mr. Tolman, at fourteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Tuesday at eleven o’clock A.M.