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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, July 18, 2005.

Met at fourteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Havern in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Havern), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Report.

A report of the Mental Health Commission for Children (under the provisions of Section 77 of Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2001) submitting a copy of its final report (received Friday, July 15, 2005),— was placed on file.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, on petition, a Bill expediting receipt of certain federal funds (Senate, No. 2128);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Augustus, for the committee on Election Laws, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 459), a Bill providing further public information and strengthening petition anti-fraud safeguards for initiative and referendum questions (Senate, No. 2158) (Representative Rogeness of Longmeadow dissenting); and

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill authorizing the boards of selectmen of Dukes County to designate members of the advisory board (Senate, No. 2110);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2139), a Bill to establish a town manager for the town of Braintree (Senate, No. 2157) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 2139);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4254) of Lida E. Harkins and Richard J. Ross (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Medfield to lease a certain parcel of land for the construction of a sports and recreation center;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4255) of Louis L. Kafka and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Stoughton be authorized to establish a capital infrastructure fund for costs incurred as a member of the Water Resources Authority; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4256) of Michael A. Costello (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Newburyport be authorized to transfer certain balances into the capital improvements and stablization fund of said city;
Severally to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4257) of Michael A. Costello (by vote of the town) that the position of chief of police in the town of Salisbury be exempt from provisions of the civil service law; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4258) of Thomas P. Kennedy and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the retirement board of the city of Brockton be required to make adjustments in the years of service of certain part-time employees of the public library system of said city;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.

A Bill increasing the borrowing authority of the Ring’s Island Water District of Salisbury (House, No. 3600,— on petition),— read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

A report of the committee on Public Service, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3200) of Thomas M. Menino and others that cities and towns be authorized to establish special trust funds to provide for additional housing programs, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Revenue,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “recognizing Deputy Chief Joseph O. Walsh.”

Communication.

The Clerk read the following communication:

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

July 14, 2005.

William Welch, Senate Clerk
Room 335
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On July 14, I was meeting with a constituent and was absent from the Senate Chamber during the roll call vote on S.2152. Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative.

I respectfully request that a copy of this letter be printed in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for Thursday, July 14, 2005. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,
BRIAN A. JOYCE,
State Senator.

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

Reports of a Committee.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill to clarify the authority of conservation commissions to impose consultant fees (Senate, No. 1167).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill relative to the effective enforcement of municipal ordinances and by-laws (Senate, No. 1168).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill protecting police officers while making a lawful arrest (Senate, No. 1336, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Brown,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at one o’clock P.M. in a full formal session without a calendar.

On motion of the same Senator, at sixteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session without a calendar.