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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Tuesday, May 27, 2003.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).

The Senator from Bristol and Norfolk, Mrs. Sprague, then led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A communication from the Commissioner of Banks (under Section 2(31) of Chapter 167F of the General Laws) submitting proposed regulations governing national banks and credit unions (House, No. 3860),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Banks and Banking.  

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3861) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and other members of the House for legislation to prohibit the enrollment of applicants for state colleges who are citizens of countries designated as state sponsors of international terrorism;
To the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3865) of Paul J. Donato, Vincent P. Ciampa, J. James Marzilli, Jr., Charles E. Shannon and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the licensing authority of the city of Medford be authorized to issue additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to certain restaurants;
To the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by resolutions, House, No. 3862) of Paul K. Frost, other members of the House and another for the adoption of resolutions memorializing the Congress of the United States to enact legislation relative to the pricing of prescription drugs;
To the committee on Health Care.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No 3863) of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Thomas J. O’Brien and other members of the General Court relative to the security of certain information obtained by or in the possession of the Department of Environmental Protection;
To the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3864) of Peter J. Koutoujian relative to safety measures to protect the Commonwealth from terrorism and crime;
To the committee on Public Safety.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3866) of Rachel Kaprielian, Steven A. Tolman and Peter J. Koutoujian (by vote of the town council) that the retirement board of the city of Watertown be authorized to grant increased retirement benefits to certain former employees of said city;
To the committee on Public Service.  


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Berry) “honoring Bob Hope”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer, Ms. Jacques, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Resor, Mr. Joyce, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Tarr, Glodis, O’Leary, Moore, Rosenberg, Shannon and Havern, Mrs. Sprague, Messrs. Knapik and McGee, and Ms. Murray) “recognizing May 25, 2003 as the Third Annual Missing Children’s Day in the Commonwealth”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “honoring John H. Rogers”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tisei) “commending Jeffrey R. Ryan on being honored as the Massachusetts Teacher Of The Year for 2003”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tolman) “commending Kevin J. Lessard”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Travaglini) “on the retirement of Edward L. Calamar, Jr.”

Report of a Committee.

Ms. Jacques, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill setting apart May 25 as Missing Children’s Day (Senate, No. 1631).
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.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

On motion of Mrs. Sprague, at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M., in full formal session.