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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, June 19, 2000.

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

Distinguished Guests.

The President introduced, seated in the rear of the Chamber, members of the Womens’ Auxiliary VFW Post 10334 from Waltham. They were the guests of Senator Fargo.


Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Ms. Creem, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem, Barbara Gardner, Peter J. Koutoujian, Kay Khan and Ruth B. Balser for legislation relative to extending a lease for a certain building in the city of Newton; and

By Mr. Glodis (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Sean McCarthy for legislation relative to taxation of prepared beverages and beverage products;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Nuciforo, for the committee on Banks and Banking, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2202), an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Banks and Banking 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 2202, relative to abusive practices in high-cost home mortgage lending (Senate, No. 2228);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Lynch, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on the recommitted petition, a Bill providing benefits for permanent functional loss and disfigurement under the worker’s compensation act (Senate, No. 56);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Paula Girouard McCann”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lynch) “on the retirement of James T. Curran, Lieutenant Detective of the Boston Police Department”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “on the fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Rauschenbach) “in honor of the retirement of George C. Baldwin, Jr.”

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Birmingham, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Michael W. Morrissey, A. Stephen Tobin and Ronald Mariano for legislation relative to requiring that notice be given to the district attorney when an application for discharge from a facility or Bridgewater State Hospital is filed.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

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 the enterprise fund for the golf course in the town of Brewster (House, No. 4950),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.


Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5255) of Paul E. Caron and Daniel E. Bosley for legislation to require adequate protective covering over holes caused by the removal of utility poles;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5256) of Michael W. Morrissey and A. Stephen Tobin relative to the disposition of fetal remains;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Health Care.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5257) of Sharon M. Pollard (mayor), James P. Jajuga, Arthur J. Broadhurst and others (with the approval of the city council) that the Personnel Administrator of the Commonwealth be directed to provide residency preference for appointments to certain civil service positions in the city known as the town of Methuen; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5258) of Francis L. Marini, Ronald W. Gauch, Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Mary S. Rogeness and George N. Peterson, Jr., relative to the Boston teachers’ retirement system;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brewer,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.