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Monday, July 19, 1999.
Met as six minutes past eleven o'clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
The Chair (Ms. Melconian) introduced, seated in the rear of the Chamber, Marcia Wilk, a school teacher from Wayland. Ms. Wilk signed the guest book and withdrew from the Chamber. She was the guest of Senator Fargo.
A communication from Executive Office for Administration and Finance (under the provisions of Section 3B of Chapter 7 of the General Laws) submitting notice of the Secretary's intention to increase certain fees for licenses, permits and services to be charged by state agencies (received Tuesday, July 13, 1999),- was placed on file.
A report of the Bureau of Special Investigations (under the provisions of Section 15D(6) of Chapter 22 of the General Laws submitting a report of its activities for the month of June, 1999 (received Friday, July 16, 1999),- was read and sent to the House for its information.
Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Antonioni, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. Antonioni and Robert S. Hargraves for legislation relative to a certain school building assistance grant for the town of Lunenburg; and
By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert L. Hedlund for legislation relative to certain collectable firearms and federally licensed collectors of firearms curios and artifacts;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on Senate, Nos. 683 and 719, an Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Health Care to make an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to health insurance (Senate, No. 1937);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
By Mr. Lynch, for the committee on Commerce and Labor, on Senate, No. 38 and House, No. 1696, a Bill concerning prospective waiver of rights involving discrimination or sexual harassment in employment (Senate, No. 1897); and
By Mr. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on petition, a Bill relative to complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination (Senate, No. 802);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill relative to the board of playground commissioners in the town of Saugus (Senate, No. 1933) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A Bill relative to earned income tax credits (House, No. 4531,- on House, No. 3004),- was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
Relative to residency requirements for employees of the city of Lawrence (House, No. 4142,- on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Authorizing the town of Reading to transfer control of certain conservation land to the board of cemetery trustees (House, No. 4323,- on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
A report of the committee on Insurance, ought NOT to pass, on so much of the recommendations of the office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (House, No. 9) as relates to Medicare supplement insurance plans (accompanied by bill, House, No. 25),- was referred, under Senate Rule 36, to the committee on Steering and Policy.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4573) of Shaun P. Kelly and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., relative to vocational education tuition payments for non-resident students,-
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4554) of Louis L. Kafka, William C. Galvin and Jo Ann Sprague (by vote of the town) relative to the apportionment of sewer costs in the town of Stoughton;
To the committee on Local Affairs.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4555) of Barbara Gardner and David P. Magnani (by vote of the town) relative to health insurance for retired employees of the town of Hopkinton;
To the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4556) of Barbara C. Hyland, Elizabeth Poirier and Jo Ann Sprague (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Mansfield to establish an open space land and community preservation program;
To the committee on Taxation.
On motion of Mr. Moore, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Shannon (accompanied by bill) of Charles E. Shannon, Michael W. Morrissey, Pamela P. Resor, Cheryl A. Jacques and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect cable customers from deceptive or misleading advertising and marketing practices,- and the same was referred to the committee on Government Regulations.
On motion of Mr. Moore, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Shannon (accompanied by bill) of Charles E. Shannon for legislation relative to public housing rentals,- and the same was referred to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:-
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) "congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Ryan on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary"; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) "honoring Anna Mae Cole."
Moment of Silence.
At the request of the Chair (Ms. Melconian), the members, guests and employees stood in a moment of silence and reflection on the sad events of this past weekend involving the missing airplane carrying John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and Lauren Bessette.
There being no objection, at eleven minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-two minutes before twelve o'clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.
An engrossed Bill relative to the redevelopment of the Mayor Michael J. Neville Manor Nursing Home in the city of Cambridge (see House, No. 4488, amended), 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 Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the House, came from the House with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.
A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating the results of the special town election held in the town of North Brookfield on July 12, 1999 (House, No. 4571),-- was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Tisei,-
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. Tisei, at twelve minutes before twelve o'clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.