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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, July 23, 2001.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.

 

Committees Discharged.

Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Criminal Justice to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 1004, relative to sentencing guidelines (Senate, No. 2065);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to employee rights and other public service matters (Senate, No. 2048);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2049);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2050);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate documents numbered 1346 and 1408, relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2051);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2052);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2053);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of a certain Senate document numbered 1419, relative to Group 1 benefits (Senate, No. 2054);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to retirement and public safety employees (Senate, No. 2055);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to alternative retirement benefits (Senate, No. 2056);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of several Senate documents relative to alternative retirement benefits (Senate, No. 2057);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 1367, an Act relative to the retirement allowance for Group 4 employees (Senate, No. 2058);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of several Senate documents relative to creditable service (Senate, No. 2059);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of several Senate documents relative to retirement benefits and other matters (Senate, No. 2060);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of several Senate documents relative to retirement system membership; system administration and funding (Senate, No. 2061);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of several Senate documents relative to employment benefits (Senate, No. 2062);

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of several Senate documents relative to employment benefits (Senate, No. 2063); and

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing and directing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of various Senate documents relative to employment benefits (Senate, No. 2064);

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.

Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were severally considered forthwith and accepted.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to validating action taken at the May 7, 2001 town election held in the town of Buckland (House, No. 4341),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Election Laws.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4369) of Shirley Gomes and Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) that the board of selectmen of the town of Chatham be authorized to grant a certain easement in certain conservation land located in said town,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Committee Change.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Moore of Worcester and Norfolk as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Chandler of First Worcester to fill the vacancy.

Communication.

The Clerk read the following communication:

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

July 19, 2001.

Patrick F. Scanlan, Clerk
Massachusetts Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On July 19, 2001, I was away from the State House on a personal matter and I was therefore unable to be present for the roll call vote taken on the following item:

• H. 1259 — A Bill Relative to Dangerous Buildings.

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative.

I would appreciate your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate journal. Thank you in advance for your help with this request.

Sincerely,

DIANNE WILKERSON,
State Senator,
Second Suffolk District.

On motion of Ms. Melconian, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Mary Motler upon receiving the Boston Post Golden Cane Award.”

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 Frederick E. Berry for legislation to authorize the establishment of traffic violator schools.

Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Chandler, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Safety.

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 Paul E. Dubois and Jo Ann Sprague for legislation relative to a retirement buy back from the state board of retirement for Paul E. Dubois.

Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Chandler, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.

Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4385) of Geoffrey D. Hall, Pamela P. Resor and another relative to annual street lists in cities and towns;

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4386) of George Rogers and David L. Flynn relative to requiring the Commissioner for Administration and Finance to report on the progress of the prescription drug bulk purchase program;

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4387) of David M. Torrisi relative to increasing the maximum amount of damages in small claims court;

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4388) of George Rogers and another relative to establishing safety equipment standards for school buses in the Commonwealth;

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

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4389) of Arthur J. Broadhurst and James P. Jajuga that the State Retirement Board be directed to retire Richard K. Tabacco, a former environmental police officer; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4390) of Kathleen M. Teahan, Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Reed V. Hillman and James P. Jajuga relative to authorizing the State Retirement Board to pay certain retirement benefits to the son of John A. Nee;

Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4391) of Thomas J. O’Brien, Therese Murray and another for the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor establishing the third Sunday in October as Arthritis Awareness Day;

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

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 House Bill authorizing the transfer of a certain parcel of land in the town of North Reading (House, No. 356),— was read a third time.

Ms. Chandler, for the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the matter and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

The report was accepted and the bill was referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

The House bills

Relative to certain subdivisions of land in the city of Gloucester (House, No. 490);

Relative to a boundary change between the towns of Georgetown and Boxford (House, No. 2760); and

Relative to the department of municipal finance for the town of Georgetown (House, No. 2761);

Were severally read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Committee Change.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Chandler of First Worcester as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Moore of Worcester and Norfolk thereto.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow 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 nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M.