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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, July 22, 2002.

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

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Panagiotakos, for the committee on Housing and Urban Development, that the House Bill authorizing the assumption of certain utility costs by lessees and tenants (House, No. 408),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2422).
Referred, under Senate Rule 27, to the committee on Ways and Means.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5263) of Stephen Kulik and Stanley C. Rosenberg (by vote of the town) relative to recall elections in the town of Montague; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5264) of Charles A. Murphy and Robert A. Havern (by vote of the town) relative to the election of town meeting members in the town of Burlington;
Severally to the committee on Election Laws.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5265) of Deborah Goldberg, Cynthia S. Creem, Ruth B. Balser, Brian Paul Golden and others (by vote of the town) that the licensing authority of the town of Brookline be authorized to extend the hours for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises on Sundays;
To the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5253) of Thomas J. O’Brien, Viriato Manuel deMacedo and Therese Murray (by vote of the town) relative to amending the charter of the town of Plymouth concerning the filling of vacancies in the position of town meeting member;

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5254) of Deborah Goldberg, Paul C. Demakis, Cynthia S. Creem, Brian Paul Golden, Ruth B. Balser and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Brookline be authorized to lease certain town-owned property for a period not to exceed twenty-five years; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5266) of David M. Nangle, Kevin J. Murphy, Steven C. Panagiotakos and Thomas A. Golden, Jr. (with the approval of the city council) that the city of Lowell be authorized to appropriate a certain sum of money for the payment of an unpaid bill for certain services rendered to said city;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5255) of Edward G. Connolly (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to the health insurance of certain employees of the city of Everett; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5256) of Thomas J. O’Brien, Ruth W. Provost and Marc R. Pacheco (by vote of the town) relative to exempting the position of chief of police in the town of Carver from the civil service laws;
Severally to the committee on Public Service.

A Bill relative to insurance assessments (House, No. 5215,— on House, No. 1161, changed),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to speed limit violations in marked construction zones (House, No. 867,— on House, Nos. 861, 867 and 2030),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik and Ms. Melconian) “on the occasion of the retirement of Barbara A. Cove.”

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 Senate Bill relative to the licensing of barbers and cosmetologists (Senate, No. 447) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert L. Hedlund and Mark J. Carron for legislation to deregulate certain magnetic resonance imagers from the Department of Public Health’s determination of need process.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Health Care.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Brian A. Joyce, Paul C. Demakis, Robert A. O’Leary, Steven A. Tolman and other members of the General Court for legislation to declare the month of October as domestic violence awareness month in Massachusetts.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, 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.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mrs. Sprague,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Adjournment in Memory of

former Senator Jack H. Backman.

Ms. Creem presented a request that when the Senate adjourns, it adjourn in memory of former Senator Jack H. Backman of Brookline. Mr. Backman served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1970 and a member of the Senate from 1971 to 1986. Mr. Backman was known for his tenacity in dealing with human services issues. As chairman of first the Social Welfare Committee, and then the Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee in the Senate, Mr. Backman sought to improve the lives of the people who were least able to help themselves. He was their champion. The motion prevailed.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Jack H. Backman, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Hedlund, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.