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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, July 7, 2003.
Met at six minutes past one o’clock P.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair).
The Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Mr. Tarr, led the Chair (Ms. Walsh), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mr. Brewer presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No.
2030) of Stephen M. Brewer and Reed V. Hillman (by vote of the town) for legislation
relative to a betterment assessment in the town of Sturbridge [Local approval
received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee
on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer and Lewis G. Evangelidis for legislation relative to creditable service for Carol Adams from the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System; and
By Mr. McGee (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Kevin
Mahar for legislation to exempt certain income of retirees from state income
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Report of a Committee.
Ms. Jacques, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill regarding commercial electronic mail (Senate, No. 2019).
Paper from the House.
A Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Canton as the John E. Farrington Bridge (House, No. 661,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Barrios) “congratulating Frederick Anthony Nowicki upon his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating Richard Faulkner on the occasion of his retirement from the Taunton school district”; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tisei and Barrios, Ms. Resor, Mr. Rosenberg and Ms. Wilkerson) “memorializing Congress to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s decision.”
Paper from the House.
A Bill validating the action taken at the annual town meeting held in the
town of Winchendon (printed in House, No. 3933,— being a message from His Excellency
the Governor),—was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, 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 nine minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Chair (Ms. Walsh) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at a quarter past four o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.
Ms. Fargo offered the following order, to wit:
“Whereas, the Senate members were appointed on January 21, 2003 to the joint committee on Local Affairs; and
Whereas, On January 23, 2003, the Senate adopted in concurrence, a House order providing that the Joint Rules in effect for the preceding General Court be adopted as the temporary Joint Rules of the 2003-2004 General Court, which included the provision for the re-establishment of the Joint Committee on Local Affairs; and
Whereas, approximately 50 seasonably filed Senate petitions, many of which affect local communities, were referred by the Senate to the Joint Committee on Local Affairs; and
Whereas, a joint rule establishing the recommended committee on Local Affairs, Counties and Regional Government has yet to be adopted by either the House or the Senate, and the Joint Committee on Local Affairs has been unable to organize because the full membership has yet to be determined; therefore be it
Ordered, that the Senate members appointed to the Joint Committee on
Local Affairs are hereby authorized to organize themselves as a standing committee
of the Senate, and to report on all Senate matters that have been seasonably
filed and referred to said committee until such time as the joint committee
on Local Affairs, Counties and Regional Government, or some other successor
joint committee is established and members are appointed.”
After remarks, the order was adopted.
Papers from the House.
An engrossed Bill validating the action taken at the annual town meeting held in the town of Winchendon (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 3933) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
An engrossed Bill authorizing the city of Medford to grant additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 3865, amended) (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. Shannon,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in a full formal session, and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.
On further motion of Mr. Shannon, at twenty-eight minutes before five o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M., in full formal session.