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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 26, 2000.

Met at eleven minutes before two o’clock P.M.

Petition.

Mr. Creedon presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert S. Creedon, Jr., Thomas P. Kennedy, Christine E. Canavan and Geraldine Creedon (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to authorize the Brockton Retirement Board to authorize creditable service for George W. Moore, Jr.,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill providing for access to a decedent’s medical records by blood relatives (Senate, No. 2242); and

The House bills

Requiring certain municipal inspectors to report certain cases of child abuse (House, No. 796);

Authorizing the Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills Fire District to establish a betterment reserve fund (House No. 3718); and

Relative to the sounding of certain warning devices in the town of Newbury (House, No. 5363, amended).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to grant an easement to the town of Provincetown (House, No. 2618,— on petition); and

Authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land to the town of Leicester (House, No. 4569,— on House, No. 2420);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills

Relative to emergency medical care (House No. 2340, amended,— on House, Nos. 2340 and 4408); and

Relative to the recording of certain trust instruments (House No. 5390,— on House, No. 3693);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Order Adopted.

The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to wit:

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Government Regulations be granted until Monday, July 31, 2000, the time within which to make its final report on Senate documents numbered 338 and 1787; and House documents numbered 122, 966, 967, 2322, 2328, 5255 and 5291.

Bill Recalled from the Governor.

On motion of Ms. Melconian, it was voted that a messenger be appointed to wait upon His Excellency the Governor, requesting the return to the Senate of the engrossed Bill authorizing the city known as the town of Methuen to grant certain easements (see House, No. 4212).
Ms. Melconian was appointed the messenger. Subsequently, the bill was returned to the Senate.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) “honoring Robert H. Bateman upon his retirement.”

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 relative to the illegal sale of alcohol from a dwelling (House, No. 428, amended),— was read a second time.
Pending the question on ordering it to a third reading, Mr. Morrissey presented an amendment adding the following two sections:—
“SECTION 4. Section 46 of said chapter 138, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 3 and 4, the words ‘, without a search warrant duly committed to him,’.
SECTION 5. Said section 46 of said chapter 138, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word ‘dwelling’, in line 5, the following words:— , in violation of section 43.”
This amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill exempting the position of plumbing inspector of the town of Halifax from the provisions of the civil service law (House No. 4746),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill directing the retirement board of the city of Worcester to retire Michael P. Coakley, a firefighter of the city of Worcester (House, No. 5294),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill relative to a certain parcel of conservation land in the city of Boston (House, No. 5347),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Relative to the sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages or alcohol to a person under 21 years of age (see House, No. 4506, amended);

Establishing the position of deputy chief of police in the city known as the town of Franklin (see House, No. 5012); and

Authorizing the city of Easthampton to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 5244).

An engrossed Bill validating the acts and proceedings of certain town meetings in the town of Groveland (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5046) (which originated in the House), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was passed to be enacted, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

A Bill validating the acts and proceedings of the 2000 annual town meeting of the town of Randolph (printed in House, No. 5208,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

A Bill validating the actions taken at certain town meetings in the town of Brookline (printed in House, No. 5378,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Nuciforo, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed, to be engrossed, in concurrence.

A Bill relative to the use of the town forest in the town of North Attleborough (House, No. 5389,— on House, No. 5292) [Local approval received on House, No. 5292],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

At one minute before two o’clock P.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair.

At one minute before two o’clock P.M., members of the Senate proceeded to the Chamber of the House of Representatives, under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms, for the purpose of considering certain proposals for Amendments to the Constitution which have been called up for consideration by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Joint Session of the Two Houses to Consider

Specific Legislative Amendments to the Constitution.

At seven minutes past two o’clock P.M., the two Houses met in

JOINT SESSION

 

and were called to order by the Honorable Thomas F. Birmingham, President of the Senate.

Without action on the matters duly and constitutionally assigned for consideration, on motion of Ms. Melconian, at eight minutes past two o’clock P.M., the Joint Session was adjourned; and the Senate withdrew from the House Chamber, under the escort of the Sergeant-at-Arms.

At fourteen minutes past two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill providing for the conveyance of certain land in the town of Sandwich (House, No. 4129, amended),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Clancy, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a parcel of land in the town of Grafton to Robert and Abby McInnis (House, No. 4785),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Glodis, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill providing for emergency maintenance of environmental assets of the Commonwealth (House, No. 5308),— ought to pass, with an amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2259 [Estimated cost — Bond Authorizations: $266,000,000].
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to abandoned property (House, No. 5365),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill establishing wireless enhanced 911 services (Senate, No. 1752),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2260).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Murray, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2260) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the conveyance of a certain parcel of land (Senate, No. 1876),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act relative to the conveyance of a certain parcel of land in Grafton” (Senate, No. 2261).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Glodis, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2261) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the exchange of interests in land located in the town of Hingham and for an improved waterfront park and improved access to water transportation facilities serving commuters and users of the Boston Harbor Island State Park and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area (Senate, No. 1877),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2262).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.

The bill (Senate No. 2262) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill relative to the Board of Education’s competency determination for tenth graders (Senate, No. 2216),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2263).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Antonioni, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2263) was then ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill authorizing the Commonwealth to acquire certain park land in the city of Chicopee (House, No. 5271),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Lynch, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill relative to the budget of the Up-Island Regional School District of Martha’s Vineyard (House, No. 1160, changed and amended),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Tucker, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Glodis, for the committee on Election Laws, on petition, a Bill regarding the Natick treasurer-collector (Senate, No. 2247) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Creedon, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act relative to the office of treasurer-collector in the town of Natick.”

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.

On motion of Mr. Lees, at twenty-six minutes past two o’clock P.M. the Senate adjourned to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M.