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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 15, 1998.

Met at four minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

Petition.

Mr. Brewer presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer and David H. Tuttle (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Hardwick to convey land to the Hardwick Farmers Co-operative [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Government Regulations, on petition, a Bill relative to enhanced emergency telephone systems (Senate, No. 2254);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill to provide health insurance coverage for certain gynecological services (Senate, No. 717), ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2270);
Referred, under Senate Rule 26, to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Mr. Berry, 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 Bill relative to health care facilities (Senate, No. 2252); and
The House Bill relative to antique automobiles (House, No. 4785).

Papers from the House

A Bill providing for the payment of certain retirement and medical benefits to John Lynch (House, No. 5367,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to the charter of the town of Bellingham (House, No. 5491,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Keating) "on the retirement of Sidney M. Pratt from the Sharon police department", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Ms. Fargo, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Keating) "congratulating Mr. and Mrs. George Bailey on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Ms. Fargo, and adopted.

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Norton, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of John D. O'Brien and James R. Miceli (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to certain pension benefits for the widow of a police lieutenant in the town of Tewksbury [Local approval received].
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, 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.

Papers from the House.
Engrossed Bill — Amended.

The engrossed Bill relative to a certain disability retirement for Walter L. Heagney, Jr. (House, No. 5544) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was put upon its final passage.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be enacted, on motion of Ms. Melconian, Senate Rule 49 was suspended.
An amendment, presented by Ms. Jacques, adding the following section:—
"SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.",— was considered; and adopted.
   Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

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 Senate Bill authorizing the town of Lynnfield to convey certain land (Senate, No. 2251),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

The Senate Bill relative to the recreation commission of the town of Swampscott (Senate, No. 2255),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House Bill authorizing the South Hadley housing authority to convey a certain parcel of land (House, No. 5599, changed),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill regulating the production of fortified wines (Senate, No. 1951), ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Clancy, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill providing for hearing screening of newborns (House, No. 5392), ought to pass, with amendments:
In section 1, by striking out the words "any other test or procedure", in line 11, and inserting in place thereof the following words:— any other hearing screening test or audiological diagnostic procedure.
In section 1, by adding the following paragraph:—
The department shall promulgate regulations to implement the newborn hearing screening program.
In section 3, by striking out the words "any other test or procedure", in lines 9 and 10, and inserting in place thereof the following words:— any other hearing screening test or audiological diagnostic procedure.
In section 4, by striking out the words "any other test or procedure", in lines 10 and 11, and inserting in place thereof the following words:— any other hearing screening test or audiological diagnostic procedure.
In section 5, by striking out the words "any other test or procedure", in line 10, and inserting in place thereof the following words:— any other hearing screening test or audiological diagnostic procedure.
In section 6, by striking out the words "any other test or procedure", in lines 10 and 11, and inserting in place thereof the following words:— any other hearing screening test or audiological diagnostic procedure.; and
In section 7, by striking out the words "any other test or procedure", in lines 11 and 12, and inserting in place thereof the following words:— any other hearing screening test or audiological diagnostic procedure.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill providing for the certification of alcoholic beverages licensees and servers of alcoholic beverages (Senate, No. 1851), ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2267).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The new draft (Senate, No. 2267) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Ms. Jacques, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill clarifying protections for victims of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination (Senate, No. 774), ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled "An Act relative to complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination." (Senate, No. 2265).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, and the matter was considered forthwith. The Ways and Means amendment was adopted. The new draft (Senate, No. 2265) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Rosenberg, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Planning and Operations to convey a certain parcel of land in the city of Waltham (Senate, No. 1446), ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2266).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The new draft (Senate, No. 2266) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Travaglini, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to the taxation of common trusts (House, No. 4783), ought to pass, with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2268.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means. The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

Recess.

At sixteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at ten minutes before three o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Paper from the House.
Committee of Conference Report.

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches, with reference to the Senate amendment to the House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and ninety-nine for the maintenance of the departments, boards, commissions, institutions and certain activities of the Commonwealth, for interest, sinking fund and serial bond requirements and for certain permanent improvements (House, No. 5501) (Amended by the Senate by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 2230; and by striking out the emergency preamble and inserting in place thereof a new emergency preamble), reported, in part, a "Bill reducing income taxes and unemployment insurance rates and providing for workforce training (House, No. 5709)." The report was read.
The report was considered forthwith and accepted, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

Mr. Jajuga presented the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Public Safety will be granted until July 24, 1998, within which to make its final reports on current House documents numbered 5580 and 5590, and Senate document numbered 2183.
The order was considered forthwith, and adopted.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Recess.

At nine minutes before three o'clock P.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-seven minutes before four o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Papers from the House
Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill reducing income taxes and unemployment insurance rates and providing for workforce training (see House, No. 5709), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o'clock P.M.


On motion of Mr. Knapik, at twenty-five minutes before four o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o'clock P.M.