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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

Met at two minutes past one o’clock P.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).

The Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. Rosenberg, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2011) of Stanley C. Rosenberg (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to recall elections in the town of Bernardston [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Election Laws.

By the same Senator, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2012) of Stanley C. Rosenberg and John W. Scibak (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the designation of a scenic byway in the towns of Hadley and South Hadley [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Transportation.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.  

Mr. Havern presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. Havern for legislation relative to administrative remedies for insurance entities,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3886) of Garrett J. Bradley (by vote of the town) that the licensing authority of the town of Hingham be authorized to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises;
To the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3888) of Christopher J. Donelan and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) that the town of Athol be authorized to implement an early retirement incentive program for certain employees of said town;
To the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3889) of David Paul Linsky and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) relative to real estate tax exemptions for certain persons over the age of eighty in the town of Sherborn;
To the committee on Taxation.

A Bill consolidating Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency mortgage loans (House, No. 3734,— on House, No. 2014, in part),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26B, referred to the committee on Long-Term Debt and Capital Expenditures.  

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3890) of Shirley Gomes and other members of the General Court that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be directed to issue distinctive license plates for the purpose of funding the Cape Cod Baseball League,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.  

Reports of a Committee.

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill to enhance the state DNA database (Senate, No. 187, changed),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.  

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill to protect federal transportation funding and strengthen drunk driving law (House, No. 3873, 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 2009; and by inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to avoid the loss of life and the loss of federal highway aid funds pursuant to the federal Transportation Equity Act, 23 U.S.C. section 163, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety.”.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.  

Recess.

There being no objection, at eleven minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at three minutes past three o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair.

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill providing relief and flexibility to municipal officials (House, No. 4003, 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 2010.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.  

Orders Adopted.

Mr. Knapik offered the following order:—

Ordered, That full consideration shall be allowed on Thursday, June 12, 2003 on House, No. 4003, An Act providing relief and flexibility to municipal officials; and that amendments, offered by members, shall be filed with the Clerk of the Senate no later than twelve o’clock noon on Wednesday, June 11. All amendments will be considered third reading amendments and must contain a short descriptive title.
There being no objection, the order was considered forthwith; and it was adopted.  

On motion of Mr. Tolman,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at five minutes past three o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at one o’clock P.M.