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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Friday, July 17, 1998.

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


There being no objection, the Clerk read the following communication:


July 17, 1998.

The Honorable Edward B. O'Neill
Clerk of the Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. O'Neill:

As you know, due to official state business representing the Commonwealth at the World Expo 98, I was unable to be recorded on the following matters during yesterday's session:

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on each of the above matters. I respectfully request that this communication be spread upon the record of the Senate.


State Senator.

On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, the communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Papers from the House

A Bill relative to principal contracts (House, No. 1285, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill authorizing the town of Tyngsborough to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 5543,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

The engrossed Bill authorizing the city of Worcester to issue pension obligation bonds (Senate, No. 2263),— came from the House amended by adding at the end thereof the following section:
"Section 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.".
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House Bill relative to the charter of the town of Bellingham (House, No. 5491),— 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. Rauschenbach,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday next at twelve o'clock noon.

On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, at nine minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at twelve o'clock noon.