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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, August 2, 1999.

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

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Antonioni, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. Antonioni and Harold P. Naughton, Jr., for legislation relative to exempting Sterling Camp Meeting Association from certain provisions of Title V;
By Ms. Creem, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Cynthia S. Creem, Robert E. Travaglini, Brian A. Joyce, Peter J. Koutoujian and other members of the General Court [for additional petitioners, see printed bill] for legislation relative to witness protection and the crime of witness intimidation;
By Mr. Morrissey (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Michael Hyde for legislation relative to wire-tapping in the Commonwealth;
By Mr. Rauschenbach (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Carol Daniels Wilkins for legislation relative to teachers' retirement system members; and
By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Henri S. Rauschenbach, Michael W. Morrissey, Mark C. Montigny, Therese Murray and Daniel E. Bosley for legislation to require the merger of a gas or electric company to file an annual report of the savings to the ratepayers of the Commonwealth;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to licenses issued by the Board of Registration of Hearing Instrument specialists (House, No. 4155).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to including the West Groton Mill within the Ayer economic target area and economic opportunity area (House, No. 4620),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on State Administration.

A Bill authorizing the town of Grafton to issue an additional license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4136,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) "congratulating retired Brockton Assistant Postmaster Frederick D. McGrath on the occasion of his ninety-fifth birthday";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik and Ms. Melconian) "honoring Geraldine Bilik for 30 years of dedicated service to the Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "congratulating Debbie Gesualdo of Carver upon her receipt of the Girl Scout Gold Award"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "congratulating Stacy Ann Oldham of Carver upon her receipt of the Girl Scout Gold Award."

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill providing for the licensing of home inspectors (Senate, No. 1800),— ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 1943).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time and amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means, and ordered to a third reading.

By Mr. Montigny, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate Bill providing for an accelerated transportation development and improvement program for the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 1939), ought to pass, with an amendment, substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 1941).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time and amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means, and ordered to a third reading.

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 Senate Bill relative to insurance and genetic testing and privacy protection (Senate, No. 1825),— was read a second time and was amended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, by substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 1942).
The new draft (Senate, No. 1942) was then ordered to a third reading.

The House Bill authorizing the town of South Hadley to convey certain recreational land (House, No. 1030),—was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to town meetings in the town of Burlington (House, No. 4430,— on petition) [Local approval received],— 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 authorizing the town of Walpole to issue a license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No 4316,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mrs. Sprague, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: "An Act authorizing the town of Walpole to issue an additional license for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises."

The Senate Bill relative to the charter of Easthampton (Senate, No. 1317) came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with amendments:
Striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 4611; and by striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title: "An Act relative to the charter of the city of Easthampton."
The rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, and the House amendments were considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence (as corrected by the Senate committee on Bills in the Third Reading).

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4636) of Joseph C. Sullivan, Marc R. Pacheco and Robert A. Havern for legislation to allow certain structures to be exempted from certain harbor lines along the Fort Point Channel waterfront of Boston Harbor;
Under suspension of Joint Rules 12 and 9, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4637) of Shaun P. Kelly and Stanley C. Rosenberg relative to retirement credit for certain veterans;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the filing deadline for nomination papers for President of the United States (see House, No. 4539) (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.

Order Adopted.

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

On motion of Mr. Tarr, at thirteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at one o'clock P.M.