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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, June 24, 2004.

Met at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Havern 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 (Mr. Havern), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Papers from the House.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4885) of Peter V. Kocot and Stanley C. Rosenberg (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Northampton be authorized to convey a certain parcel of land to the Commonwealth to be used for highway purposes;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4886) of William Lantigua, Barry R. Finegold, David M. Torrisi, Susan C. Tucker, Michael J. Sullivan (mayor) and others (with the approval of the city council) relative to the filling of a vacancy on the school committee in the city of Lawrence;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4887) of Charles A. Murphy (by vote of the town) that the town of Burlington be authorized to charge a fee for the procurement of certain electronic records in the clerk’s office of said town;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4888) of William Smitty Pignatelli and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish a sewer district in the town of Egremont; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4889) of Anthony J. Verga and Bruce E. Tarr (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to certain sewer betterments in the city of Gloucester;

Severally to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4890) of James E. Vallee, David P. Magnani and Scott P. Brown (with the approval of the town council) that the town of Franklin be authorized to establish a post employment health insurance trust fund for retired employees of said town;

To the committee on Public Service.

A Bill prohibiting certain practices in home mortgage lending (House, No. 4880,— on Senate, No. 24 and House, Nos. 9, 1617, 2732 and 2195),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


Allowing students with cystic fibrosis to self administer enzyme supplements (House, No. 4409,— on House, No. 3489);

Relative to the investment laws of life insurance companies (House, No. 4413,— on House, No. 2256);

Relative to child labor (House, No. 4891, printed as amended,— on House, Nos. 493 and 494); and

Relative to the underground cable reimbursement schedule (House, No. 4892, printed as amended,— on House, No. 1857);

Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.


Relative to the school department in the town of Fairhaven (House, No. 4401, changed,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the town of Hamilton to convey certain land (House, No. 4449,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.


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

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler) “congratulating Edward J. Philbin for his dedicated service to the Clinton School Department”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “congratulating Richard W. Golden on receiving the Golden Fife Award”; and

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tolman, Barrios, Havern, Lees, McGee and Moore, Ms. Murray, Mr. Nuciforo, Ms. Resor, Mr. Shannon, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Wilkerson) “on the occasion of the regional meeting of the United Transportation Union in Boston.”

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 increasing the number of the permanent intermittent police force in the city of Methuen (House, No. 4175),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.


Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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 Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Further regulating certain weapons (see Senate, No. 2367, printed as amended);

Relative to a pension for a surviving spouse in the city of Springfield (see House, No. 4157);

Authorizing the city of Lowell to pay an unpaid bill (see House, No. 4521); and

Authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to the town of Webster (see House, No. 4711, amended).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

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

On motion of the same Senator, at twenty-one minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.