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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, June 28, 2004.

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

Report.

A report of the Division of Unemployment Assistance (under the provisions of Section 14F of Chapter 151A of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 6 of Chapter 142 of the Acts of 2003) relative to the condition of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund for May 2004 (received Thursday, June 24, 2004),— was placed on file.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Long-Term Debt and Capital Expenditures, that the House Bill modernizing the transportation system of the Commonwealth (House, No. 4771),— ought to pass with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2408.

Referred, under Senate Rule 27, to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Public Service, on the recommitted petition, a Bill to increase the retirement allowance for certain retirees of the town of Arlington (Senate, No. 1931) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill civil service exemption for Joseph A. Vieira III in the town of Wilmington (Senate, No. 2350) [Local approval received]; and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the appointment of retired police officers in the town of Wakefield (Senate, No. 2375) [Local approval received];

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

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Magnani, 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 Senate bills

To help in the recovering of lost dogs (Senate, No. 134);

To extend the life of impounded dogs (Senate, No. 135);

Relative to the licensure of animal control officers (Senate, No. 140);

Relative to licensing fees for service dogs (Senate, No. 458);

Relative to volunteer physicians (Senate, No. 628) (the committee on Ways and Means having recommended that the bill be amended substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2356);

Further clarifying the zoning act (Senate, No. 1143);

Relative to municipal bonding for underground utilities (Senate, No. 1162); and

Relative to regional charter commissions (Senate, No. 1165); and

The House bills

Authorizing the Superintendent of State Office Buildings to install a plaque in the State House honoring Lt. Frances Y. Slanger (House, No. 619);

Relative to unlawful conduct by nonresidents of public housing (House, No. 1705);

Relative to municipal lighting plant cooperatives (House, No. 2425);

Relative to the use of certain funds by municipalities (House, No. 4184, changed and amended); and

Establishing municipal affordable housing trust funds (House, No. 4709).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Relative to the health and safety on public construction projects (House, No. 2367,— on petition); and

Relative to the financial stability in the city of Springfield (printed in House, No. 4799, amended,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor);

Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill establishing uniform primary procedures for unenrolled voters (House, No. 2229,— on petition) (Representative Reinstein of Revere, of the committee on Election Laws dissenting),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Bills

Providing for abatement of taxes caused by a fire in the city of Peabody on December 18, 2003 (House, No. 4611,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Relative to pension benefits for Sergeant Charles L. Byrne, Jr. (House, No. 4722,— on petition) [Local approval received];

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

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The House Bill relative to the charter of the city of Lawrence (House, No. 4195),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill relative to the town administrator of the town of West Boylston (House, No. 4230),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

The Senate Bill relative to the Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation (Senate, No. 2267, amended),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment, inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to provide forthwith for improved corporate governance of the Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation, therefore it is declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”

The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, 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:

Relative to retirees’ group health insurance premium contributions in the city of Waltham (see Senate, No. 2001);

Relative to liquor legal liability insurance (see House, No. 1881); and

Authorizing the town of Bellingham to establish certain revolving funds (see House, No. 4015).

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4931) of James H. Fagan and Marc R. Pacheco relative to authorizing the city of Taunton to lease certain recreational land of the John F. Parker Municipal Golf Course;

Under suspension of Joint Rule 7B, to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4932) of Susan Williams Gifford for legislation to provide for the appointment of a clerk-treasurer for the Onset Fire District;

Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4933) of Michael J. Coppola and Jo Ann Sprague for legislation to authorize the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to the housing authority of the town of Foxborough;

Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

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 nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.