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Seal of theCommonwealth of Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 13, 1999.

Met at twelve minutes past one o'clock P.M.



A communication from the Joint Committee on Public Service, filed pursuant to Joint Rule 1, relative to the rules of procedure for said committee for the 1999-2000 legislative session (received July 12, 1999),- was placed on file.



A Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey permanent and temporary easements on state property in the city of Boston to Emerson College (House No. 4293, amended,- on House, No. 2615),- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


A Bill relative to the Board of Hearing Instrument Specialists (House, No. 4155,- on House, No. 31, in part),- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.


A Bill relative to the operation of the sewer system of the town of Ipswich (House, No. 4192,- on House, No. 3721),- was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.


Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Milford to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4440) (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.


Repors of Committees.

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 James P. Jajuga for legislation relative to retirement benefits for John O'Brien.

Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.

Sent to the House for concurrence.



Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4539) of William Francis Galvin and Antonio F. D. Cabral relative to the deadline for filing nomination papers for the office of President of the United States;

Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Election Laws.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4541) of John J. Binienda relative to life-sustaining treatment decisions by guardians or temporary guardians of mentally ill or mentally retarded persons;

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4540) of John J. Binienda and David H. Tuttle that the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Criminal History Systems Board be directed to make available certain information to police departments in the cities and towns of the Commonwealth; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4542) of John J. Binienda for legislation to authorize the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive registration plates commemorating the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Sky Soldiers;

Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.



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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) "honoring the firefighters who battled the fire at Sunset Point in Hull."


Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,-

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday 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. Tarr, at a quarter past one o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.