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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Seal of theCommonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, July 26, 1999.

Met at seven minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

 

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the President introduced David Lussier, from Andover High School, the 1999 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, and his wife, Colleen. Mr. and Mrs. Lussier were the guests of Senator Susan C. Tucker.

 

Petitions.

Petition were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, Mary S. Rogeness, David H. Tuttle, Thomas M. Petrolati and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish the Quaboag and Ware Rivers Valley Heritage District Commission;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer and Stephen Kulik for legislation relative to exempting Athol Memorial Hospital from compliance liability to the Uncompensated Care Trust Fund;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, Robert A. Antonioni, Beth Emery Pond and Harold M. Lane, Jr., for legislation to mandate coverage for ectodermal dysplasia;

By Ms. Creem, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem, Linda J. Melconian, Kay Khan and Marian Walsh for legislation relative to medical examinations in correctional facilities;

By Mr. Lynch, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen F. Lynch, Marian Walsh, John A. Hart, Jr., Michael W. Morrissey and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to review of the MBTA award of contract for commuter rail mechanical maintenance; and

By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marc R. Pacheco, Joan M. Menard, Michael W. Morrissey, Thomas P. Kennedy and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to collective bargaining rights with the Department of Corrections;

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 petition, a Bill requiring notification to the Department of Public Health for certain school construction projects (Senate, No. 1934, changed by striking out lines 19 through 22, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

"Upon completion of its study, the department of public health shall submit to the department of education its recommendation for school based health centers or enhanced school health services to be located in the newly constructed, expanded or renovated school."); and

By Mr. Havern, for the committee on Transportation, on House, No. 3962, in part, a "Bill providing for an accelerated transportation development and improvement program for the Commonwealth" (Senate, No. 1939).

Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

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 bills

Requiring the filing of birth certificates in guardianship proceedings of minors (Senate, No. 778);

Relative to the estate of homestead (Senate, No. 782); and

Establishing a crime of trespass on a school bus (Senate, No. 1732).

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4604) of Carol C. Cleven and Susan C. Fargo (by vote of the town) that the conservation commission of the town of Chelmsford be authorized to convey a certain parcel of land to the board of selectmen of said town [Local approval received]; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4605) of Stephen P. LeDuc and Pamela P. Resor (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to the traffic commission of the city of Marlborough [Local approval received];

Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4606) of David M. Torrisi and Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (by vote of the town) relative to exempting certain school department employees in the town of North Andover from the provisions of civil service law [Local approval received];

To the committee on Public Service.

 

Bills

Authorizing the Metropolitan District Commission to dispose of a certain easement in the city of Everett (House, No. 1187,- on petition); and

Authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to grant an easement in a certain parcel of land in the city of Boston (House, No. 2977, amended,- on petition);

Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

Bills

Relative to the establishment of a department of integrated waste management in the town of Bourne (House, No. 4043,- on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the city of Chelsea to issue pension obligation bonds (House, No. 4305,- on petition) [Local approval received];

Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

 

Resolutions.

The Clerk read the text of resolutions (filed by Ms. Tucker) "congratulating David Lussier on being named the 1999 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year."

The resolutions were considered forthwith and adopted.

 

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Glodis) "congratulating the Auburn District Nursing Association"; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) "congratulating Arthur K. Wheelock on the occasion of his retirement after forty-three years of service as a trustee of the Uxbridge Free Public Library."

 

Order Adopted.

Mr. Bernstein offered an order and, under the rule, it was referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, to wit:-

Ordered, That the joint committee on Transportation be granted until Friday, July 30, 1999, in which to report on the message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation for an accelerated transportation development and improvement program in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3962).

Subsequently, Ms. Melconian, for the said committees on Rules, reported, recommending that the order ought to be adopted; and it was considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Bernstein, and adopted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert A. Antonioni and Robert S. Hargraves for legislation relative to a certain school building assistance grant for the town of Lunenburg.

Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee, on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bills.

An engrossed Bill relative to the salary of the mayor of the city of Medford (see House, No. 4428) (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 and was signed by the President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

 

An engrossed Bill validating the results of the special town election held in the town of North Brookfield on July 12, 1999 (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 4571) (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 authorizing the town of Winthrop to use certain park and recreation land for school purposes (House, No. 4429,- on petition) [Local approval received],- was read.

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Tucker, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

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 House Bill relative to residency requirements for employees of the city of Lawrence (House, No. 4142),- was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

Resolutions.

The Clerk read the text of resolutions (filed by Messrs. Brewer, Birmingham, Antonioni, Bernstein, Creedon, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Glodis, Havern, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Jajuga, Knapik, Lees, Magnani, Ms. Melconian, Messrs. Montigny, Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Norton, Nuciforo, Panagiotakos, Ms. Resor, Mr. Rosenberg, Mrs. Sprague, Messrs. Tarr, Tolman, Travaglini, and Ms. Walsh) "commending Ranger Deborah McNamara for her lifesaving rescue."

The resolutions were considered forthwith and adopted.

The President and Senator Brewer then presented the resolutions to Ranger McNamara.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,-

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. Knapik, at eighteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.