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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, June 8, 1998.

Met at three minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

Special Commission — Appointments.

The President announced the appointments of Senator Pacheco of Plymouth and Barnstable and Senator Rauschenbach of the Cape and the Islands to serve on the special commission established (under the provisions of Section 42 of Chapter 170 of the Acts of 1997) for the purpose of making an investigation and study of oral health status, effective community prevention programs, and access to dental care services for residents of the Commonwealth.

Reports.

Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of certain correctional facilities in the Commonwealth;
Of the Suffolk County Jail in the city of Boston (received Wednesday, June 3, 1998); and
Of the Suffolk County House of Correction in the city of Boston (received Wednesday, June 3, 1998),— were read and sent to the House for its information.

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Berry, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill relative to the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers (Senate, No. 2052); and
The House Bill relative to a certain easement in the town of Wilmington (printed in House, No. 5268).

Distinguished Guests.

The President introduced the kindergarten class from the Bancroft School in Andover. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Mrs. Nichols. Among the kindergarten students was Matthew O'Brien, the son of Senator John D. O'Brien. The students and their teacher were the guests of Senator O'Brien.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Amorello and Moore) "memorializing Congress to nominate the Blackstone River as a National American Heritage River", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Moore, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) "congratulating Mrs. Montana's sixth grade students at the M. L. Donovan Elementary School in Randolph for their community service", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Moore, and adopted.

Papers from the House.

Bills
Exempting sales of the flag of the Commonwealth from the sales tax (House, No. 5232,— on House, No. 407); and
Relative to the establishment of the Cape Cod open space land acquisition program (House, No. 5568, printed as amended,— on House, No. 5266, in part);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to self testing programs by banks (House, No. 4695, amended,— on House, No. 2819),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill authorizing the town of Ashby to continue the employment of Elmer S. Fitzgerald, Jr. as fire chief (House, No. 5508,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

A message from His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to making certain dispositions of funds for fiscal year 1998 (House, No. 5559),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Taxation.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5579) of Ronald W. Gauch, Francis L. Marini and George N. Peterson, Jr., relative to the interpretation of consumer protection regulations by the Attorney General;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5572) of Mary Jeanette Murray and Robert L. Hedlund (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Hull to lease a certain parcel of land and the building thereon in said town for a certain term; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5573) of David H. Tuttle and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) relative to establishing a board of selectmen-town administrator form of government in the town of Spencer;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5580) of Jay R. Kaufman and Susan C. Fargo (with the approval of the county commissioners) relative to the retirement benefits of Richard Crogan, a former employee of the sheriff's department of Essex County;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5574) of Mary Jeanette Murray and Robert L. Hedlund (by vote of the town) relative to exempting the position of sealer of weights and measures in the town of Hingham from the provisions of civil service law; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5575) of John H. Rogers, Kevin G. Honan and William R. Keating (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the retirement board of the city of Boston be authorized to grant certain creditable service for retirement purposes to Carol J. McCarthy of the town of Norwood for service as a school teacher in said city;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5576) of George N. Peterson, Jr., and Matthew J. Amorello (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Grafton to grant a certain betterment abatement to the owner of property located on Brigham Hill Road in said town;
To the committee on Taxation.

House Order Adopted.

The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs be granted until Monday, June 29, 1998, the time within which to report on current House documents numbered 5399, 5402, 5452 and 5489.

A Bill relative to the eligible list for police service in the city of Boston (House, No. 5397,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. O'Brien, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Bernstein,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o'clock P.M.


On motion of Mr. Knapik, at eight minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.; the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o'clock P.M.