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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Wednesday, July 9, 2003.
Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair).
The Senator from Worcester, Ms. Chandler, led the Chair (Ms. Walsh), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
A petition (having been deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Senate in the afternoon of Wednesday, December 4, 2002, and having been transmitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth under the provisions of Section 5 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws, and returned by him with memoranda relative thereto) was referred as follows, to wit:
Petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1942) of Michael R. Knapik and
Michael F. Kane for legislation to restrict the authority of the Holyoke Power
and Electric Company and the Holyoke Water Power Company;
To the committee on Government Regulations.
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 Anne M. Gobi for legislation relative to retirement buy-back for service in the Peace Corps by state employees;
By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert L. Hedlund for legislation relative to the transfer of sick, personal or vacation time to State Trooper Mary T. McCauley of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office; and
By Mr. Lees, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian P. Lees and Reed
V. Hillman for legislation relative to personal property liens;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Barrios, for the committee on Public Safety, on petition, a Bill relative to the penalty for any person convicted three or more times of driving while under the influence (Senate, No. 1332); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to prevent
crime at highway rest areas (Senate, No. 1392);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. Barrios, for the committee on Public Safety, on petition, a Bill relative to vehicle weight limitation requirements (Senate, No. 1285);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1295 and House, No. 810, a Bill relative to the victims of drunk driving trust fund (Senate, No. 1295);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill requiring motor vehicle operators to activate the vehicle’s interior lighting when stopped by a police officer during nighttime (Senate, No. 1296);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to regulate the speed of school buses on limited access highways (Senate, No. 1333);
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1389 and House, No. 1723, a Bill relative to smoking in taxi cabs (Senate, No. 1389); and
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1391 and House,
No. 3395, a Bill to decrease gridlock (Senate, No. 1391);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.
By Mr. O’Leary, for the committee on Energy, on the recommitted Bill to promote
an energy efficient state government (Senate, No. 373), reported recommended
ought to pass with an amendment substituting an order (Senate, No. 2036);
The matter was referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Glodis) “congratulating James F. Army upon the occasion of being sworn in as Massachusetts Commander of the American Legion”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Dianne Packer on the occasion of her retirement after 32 years in education.”
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:
Relative to the Massachusetts business corporation act (Senate, No. 103); and
Regarding commercial electronic mail (Senate, No. 2019);
Were severally read a second time and ordered to a third reading.
On motion of Mrs. Sprague,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., in a full formal session, with a calendar.
On motion of Ms. Chandler, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M., in a full formal session.