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Tuesday, June 18, 2002.
Met at ten 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).
A communication from Michael J. Ashe, Jr., Sheriff, Hampden County, submitting a plan of action in response to an inspection of the Hampden County Correctional Center (received Tuesday, May 28, 2002),— was placed on file.
The following reports were severally read and placed on file:
A report of the Statewide Emergency Telecommunication Board (under the provisions of Section 18B(e) of Chapter 6A of the General Laws) submitting its annual report (received Friday, May 24, 2002);
A report of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (under the provisions of Section 13C of Chapter 23A of the General Laws) submitting its fiscal year 2002 report on the Advisory Commission on Travel and Tourism (received Wednesday, May 29, 2002);
A report of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (under the provisions of Section 29 of Chapter 164 of the General Laws) submitting its annual report regarding activities during the year 2001 (received Friday, May 31, 2002); and
A report of the Commission on the Status of Women (under the provisions of Section 1 of Chapter 138 of the Acts of 1998) submitting a copy of its annual report (received Friday, May 31, 2002).
The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:
A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of the Dukes County House of Correction, Jail and Lockup (received Tuesday, May 28, 2002);
A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to the inspection of the Dartmouth Women’s Center and the M.C.I. Cedar Junction Facility (received Tuesday, May 28, 2002); and
A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of the Shirley Medium Facility (received Wednesday, May 29, 2002).
Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, Stephen Kulik, Stanley C. Rosenberg, Reed V. Hillman and other members of the General Court for legislation to dedicate certain lands in the towns of Pelham, Belchertown, Sunderland and Leverett under the care, custody and control of the University of Massachusetts to conservation and public recreational purposes;
By Mr. Moore, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore and Paul K. Frost for legislation relative to retirement benefits for David Triba; and
By Mr. Nuciforo, a petition (subject to Joint Rule
12) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. and Christopher J. Hodgkins (by vote of the
town) for legislation for the protection of natural resources, authorizing the
Department of Environmental Management and the Division of Fisheries and
Wildlife to acquire conservation restrictions in and to lands of the town of
Egremont [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Reports of a Committee.
Ms. Resor, 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 recommitted Senate Bill relative to muzzle loading rifles and shotguns (Senate, No. 2274); and
The House Bill relative to fees of justices of the peace (House, No. 2745, changed).
Ms. Menard, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of a certain current Senate document numbered 1431, relative to civil service (Senate, No. 2033), reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1431) of Rosaire J. Rajotte for legislation relative to veterans preference in employment,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Public Service.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) “congratulating Chester R. Messer on the occasion of his retirement.”
On motion of Mr. Brewer, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Ms. Melconian, (accompanied by bill) of Linda J. Melconian, Thomas M. Petrolati, Brian P. Lees and Daniel F. Keenan for legislation for the protection of natural resources authorizing the Department of Environmental Management and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to acquire conservation restrictions in and to lands of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission,— and the same was referred to the committee on State Administration.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5145) of
Anne M. Paulsen and Stephen A. Tolman that the Metropolitan District Commission
be authorized to lease a certain parcel of land in the town of Belmont to
Belmont Hill Schools, Inc.;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5146) of
John J. Binienda that the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
be authorized to grant certain easements in the town of North Andover;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5147) of
David M. Torrisi and Susan C. Tucker that the Department of Revenue be directed
to refund certain overpayments of income taxes to Emilio J. and Gloria A.
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Taxation.
The following engrossed bills (both of which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the appointment of Luann M. Tomaso as a police officer in the town of Milford (see House, No. 4921); and
Relative to the police department of the town of Milford (see House, No. 4987).
On motion of Mr. Moore,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.
There being no objection, at fourteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at twenty-six minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.
FROM THE HOUSE.
Committee of Conference.
The House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2003 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. 5101, printed as amended),— came from the House with the endorsement that the House had NON-concurred in the Senate amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2301, printed as amended; and had asked for a committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches; and that Representatives Rogers of Norwood, Flavin of Easthampton and Lepper of Attleboro had been appointed the committee on the part of the House.
On motion of Mr. Knapik, the Senate insisted on
its amendment and concurred in the appointment of a committee of conference;
and that Senators Montigny, Berry and Knapik were appointed on the part of the
The bill was returned to the House endorsed accordingly.
Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.
There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House Bill relative to historic resources in the Community Preservation Act (printed as Senate, No. 2343),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.
On motion of Mr. Knapik, at twenty-three minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.