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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, July 17, 2000.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair).

 

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Creem, for the committee on Criminal Justice, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2192), an Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Criminal Justice to make an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 2192, relative to drunk driving penalties (Senate, No. 2241);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

 

By Mr. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on Senate, No. 789 and House, No. 3518, a Bill to protect patient confidentiality (Senate, No. 789);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 918), a Bill providing for access to a decedent’s medical records by blood relatives (Senate, No. 2242); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2016), a Bill to minimize the effect of irrelevant lis pendens memoranda (Senate, No. 2243);

By Mr. Havern, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill designating a certain portion of the new Massachusetts Turnpike interchange in the city of Worcester as Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Central Massachusetts Chapter Highway (Senate, No. 1666);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the official designation of a bridge in the Hyde Park section of the city of Boston (Senate, No. 1705);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Andover as the Captain George L. Street Bridge (Senate, No. 1783);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to designating the Peter G. Piro bridge (Senate, No. 2093); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the Massachusetts highway department to install certain signs (Senate, No. 2191);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

 

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A communication from the committee on Taxation submitting a corrective change to the majority report of said committee (see House, No. 5236) on the Initiative Petition of Douglas J. Barth and others for the passage of an Act regarding commuter tax relief (see House, No. 4980) (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— was returned to the House to be placed on file.

 

The report of the Inspector General of the Commonwealth (pursuant to House Order, No. 4949 of 1997) relative to the boot-making benefits and the procedures administered under the Medicaid program (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— was returned to the House to be placed on file.

 

A Bill relative to the investment of trust funds by the town of Winchester (House, No. 4920,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

 

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5349) of Winfred A. Eckenreiter, William M. Straus, Mark C. Montigny and others (by vote of the town) that the licensing authority of the town of Fairhaven be authorized to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to Uno Restaurants, Inc.;
To the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5350) of Angelo M. Scaccia and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to mitigating new large scale development projects in the city of Boston;
To the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5351) of Jay R. Kaufman (by vote of the town) relative to the construction of underground lateral wires and conduits in the town of Lexington; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5352) of Christopher G. Fallon, Edward G. Connolly, Richard R. Tisei, Kathi-Anne Reinstein and Anthony P. Giglio (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to amending the charter of the city of Malden;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

 

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5358) of Thomas F. Reilly, Harriett L. Stanley and Cheryl A. Jacques relative to the penalties for unauthorized access to computers; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5359) of Thomas F. Reilly, Harriett L. Stanley and Cheryl A. Jacques relative to the penalties for harassing telephone calls and electronic communications;

Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Criminal Justice.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5360) of Thomas F. Reilly, Harriett L. Stanley and Cheryl A. Jacques relative to the issuance of subpoenas for records of providers of electronic communication services;

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

 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Benjamin Stuart Little of Walpole upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

Order Adopted.

Ms. Creem presented the following order, to wit:

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the joint committee on Criminal Justice be granted an extension order until July 31, 2000 to give further consideration to Senate document numbered 2147, relative to obscene material.
The order was considered forthwith; and, there being no objection, it was adopted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Report 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 Robert E. Travaglini, Kevin G. Honan and Brian Paul Golden for legislation relative to directing the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to lease a certain parcel of land in the city of Boston to the trustees of Boston University for sailing, boating and related purposes.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Murray, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on State Administration.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Order Adopted.

The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Public Service be granted until Friday, September 1, 2000, the time within which to make its final report on current House documents numbered 5235, 5253 and 5282.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5357) (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating certain actions taken at certain town meetings of the town of Westford,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

 

A Bill relative to the election of the school committee of the city of Lawrence (House, No. 4590,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

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 relative to certain sewer betterments in the city of Gloucester (Senate, No. 2204) was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

The House Bill relative to the traffic commission of the city of Marlborough (House, No. 4605),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill authorizing the town of North Reading to grant an easement in certain recreational land (House, No. 5127),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Rosenberg,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Lees, at twenty-three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.