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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, June 20, 2005.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Wilkerson in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

The Chair (Ms. Wilkerson), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


Mr. Hedlund presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert L. Hedlund and James M. Murphy for legislation to further regulate the disposition of certain abandoned motor vehicles,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “congratulating Andrew Bassett on receiving the Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts of America”;

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Brown and Timilty) “congratulating Captain Joseph E. Fitton”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Matthew W. Gilbert of East Bridgewater upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Tarr) “congratulating Richard Bazirgan.”


Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Milton to appropriate money for retroactive wage adjustments (see House, No. 4114) (which originated in the House), 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 Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Chandler,—

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.

Adjournment in Memory of Marine Captain John Maloney.

The Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, and the Senator from Hampden, Mr. Buoniconti, presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it do so as a mark of respect to the memory of Marine Captain John Maloney of Chicopee.

Captain Maloney was killed Thursday, June 16th in service to his country near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Captain Maloney was a company commander with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, California.

Captain Maloney, 36, was conducting combat operations when the humvee he was traveling in struck a roadside bomb. Captain Maloney and members of his unit were on their way to combat enemy insurgents. Captain Maloney also served during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, and most recently stationed with the United States Marine Corps in California.

A 1986 graduate of Chicopee High School, Captain Maloney will be remembered by his wife, Michelle, his daughter McKenna, 2, and his son Nathaniel, 6. He also leaves behind his father and stepmother, John and Anita Maloney of Holyoke, his mother, Lydia and her longtime companion, George Clark of Chicopee. John’s two brothers, Jason and Justin, are also members of the United States Marine Corps.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Marine Captain John Maloney, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. on motion of Messrs. Knapik and Buoniconti, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.