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Monday, June 26, 2000.
Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.
A report of the Department of Revenue (under the provisions of Section 38 of Chapter 63 of the General Laws) submitting its report on section 38 manufacturers (received Thursday, June 15, 2000),— was placed on file.
Mr. Nuciforo (by request) presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert S. Cain for legislation relative to authorizing the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive initial license plates consisting of up to eight letters or numbers,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to the finances of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (House, No. 5279),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Transportation.
The Clerk read the following communication:
June 26, 2000.
Honorable Patrick Scanlan
Clerk of the Senate
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Mr. Scanlan:
Due to a scheduling conflict, I was forced to miss one of the roll call votes that took place during the Senate Session of June 22, 2000.
Although I was in the building, I unfortunately could not be present in the Chamber when the Senate voted to enact House Bill 4865 (amended), An Act Providing for an Accelerated Transportation Development and Improvement Program for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Had I been present in the Chamber, I would have voted in the affirmative on this matter.
I would respectfully request that a copy of this letter be printed in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for June 22. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
CHARLES E. SHANNON,
On motion of Ms. Melconian, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5282) of Angelo M. Scaccia for legislation to further regulate the retirement benefits of certain veterans;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5283) of Colleen M. Garry (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing a payment in lieu of taxes agreement between the town of Dracut and Nickel Hill Energy, LLC;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Taxation.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Police Officer John A. DiNapoli”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik” “in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Abilities Unlimited Kamp for Kids in Westfield”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Shannon) “honoring Deborah Trask”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Patrick Ward of Seekonk upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”
There being no objection, at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at two minutes before one o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.
A Bill making certain appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, prior to final action on the General Appropriation Act for said fiscal year (House, No. 5288,— on House, No. 5275, in part) was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
There being no objection, at one minute before one o’clock P.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-eight minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.
By Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Michael W. Morrissey, Kathleen M. Teahan and Geraldine Creedon for legislation to authorize municipalities to petition for public involvement plans in cases of hazardous material sites.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Lees, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
An engrossed Bill making certain appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, prior to final action on the General Appropriation Act for said fiscal year (see House, No. 5288) (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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
On motion of Mr. Lees,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at a quarter before two o’clock P.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.
On motion of Mr. Lees, at twenty-five minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at a quarter before two o’clock P.M.