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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Tuesday, May 28, 2002.

Met at four 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).

 

Communication.

A communication was received from the President announcing the following appointments:

The Senator from Middlesex and Suffolk, Mr. Tolman, to the special commission established (pursuant to section 76 of Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2001) to investigate and study services and supports for adults with autistic spectrum disorders; and the Senator from Worcester, Mr. Glodis, the Senator from Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester, Mr. Magnani, the Senator from Plymouth and Bristol, Mr. Creedon, and Ms. Joanna T. Lau to the special commission established (pursuant to section 79 of Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2001) to investigate and study the use of biometric technology.

 

Message from the Acting Governor.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant Governor, Acting Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to the Brockton 21st Century Corporation (Senate, No. 4) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at three minutes before five o’clock P.M.),— was referred to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Ms. Creem, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem and Patricia Blankenship for legislation to provide for public payment of certain burial expenses;

By Mr. Joyce, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian A. Joyce, Paul C. Demakis, Robert A. O’Leary, Steven A. Tolman and other members of the General Court for legislation to declare the month of October as domestic violence awareness month in Massachusetts;

By Mr. O’Leary (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Benjamin L. Hall, Jr. for legislation to provide affordable access to patients’ medical records; and

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Kenneth Burnes for legislation relative to accrued interest on savings deposits;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

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 House bills

Relative to the appointing of alternate members to the conservation commission of the town of North Andover (House, No. 4017);

Authorizing the town of Dedham to reduce sewer fee liability in exchange for volunteer services by persons over age 60 (House, No. 4445, amended) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading); and

Authorizing the town of North Andover to grant a certain conservation restriction (House, No. 4830, changed);
Were severally read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE. 
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to contracts between court reporters and an attorney, party or party having a financial interest in an action (see Senate, No. 978) (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 Acting Governor for her approbation.

 

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Magnani, for the committee on Science and Technology, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1797), a Bill establishing a commission on law, ethics and technology for the purpose of advising the governor and legislature (Senate, No. 2357);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to financing the affordable housing trust (House, No. 5076);
To the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating action taken at the special town meetings held by the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea on April 2, 2001 and April 1, 2002 (House, No. 5077);
To the committee on Local Affairs.

 

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5092) of Harold P. Naughton, Jr., and Harriette L. Chandler (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of the positions of treasurer and tax collector in the town of Boylston,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

 

Bills

Relative to the election of survivor benefits (House, No. 4084,— on House, Nos. 129, 684 and 2603); and

Relative to the unemployment insurance system (House, No. 4452, amended,— on House, No. 76);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.  

A Bill relative to the use of asthma inhalers by students in public schools (House, No. 4411,— on House, No. 3072),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

A Bill granting the widow and children of Steven F. Greene retirement benefits (House, No. 4625,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

 

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5105) of Karyn E. Polito and other members of the General Court that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue distinctive Red Sox insignia license plates for the establishment of a state fund to be known as the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5104) of A. Stephen Tobin, Garrett J. Bradley, Cheryl A. Jacques, Frank M. Hynes and Robert L. Hedlund that the State Retirement Board be directed to grant a retirement pension to Gerald McLaughlin, a police officer in the state police injured in the line of duty;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik and Ms. Melconian) “honoring Robert Nunes for his dedicated service to the Chicopee Fire Department”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “on the occasion of the retirement of Joseph Betro”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Andrew E. Granger on the occasion of his Court of Honor.”

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brewer,—

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 Mrs. Sprague, at eight minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.