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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Thursday, August 5, 2004.
Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Wilkerson in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
The Chair (Ms. Wilkerson), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “congratulating Mary Jane Murphy Shields on the occasion of her seventy-fifth birthday.”
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 allowing students with cystic fibrosis to self administer enzyme supplements (House, No. 4409),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
The Senate Bill relative to the penalties for killing, maiming or poisoning an animal (Senate, No. 198),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment by inserting the following section:—
“SECTION 1. Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:—
Section 85. (a) During any investigation or evaluation reported under section 51A, any employee of the department or person employed pursuant to a contract with the department, when acting in his professional capacity or within the scope of his or her employment, who has knowledge of or observes an animal whom he knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, may report the known or suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect to the entities that investigate reports of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, as described in section 57 of chapter 22C, or any local animal control authority.
(b) The report may be made within 2 working days of receiving the information concerning the animal, by facsimile transmission or a written report or by telephone. In cases where an immediate response may be necessary in order to protect the health and safety of the animal, the report should be made by telephone as soon as possible.
(c) When 2 or more employees of the department are present and jointly have knowledge of known or reasonably suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, and where there is agreement among them, a report may be made by 1 person by mutual agreement. Any reporter who has knowledge that the person designated to report has failed to do so may thereafter make the report.
(d) No person making such report shall be liable in any civil or criminal action by reason of such report if it was made in good faith. Any privilege established by sections 135A and 135B of chapter 112 or by section 20B of chapter 233, relating to confidential communications, shall not prohibit the filing of a report pursuant to this section.
(e) Nothing in this section shall impose a duty on the department to investigate known or reasonably suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect.
(f) Nothing in this section shall prevent the department, area office or subdivision from entering into an agreement, contract or memorandum of understanding with the entities that investigate reports of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect as described in section 57 of chapter 22C, to require such reports or to engage in training in identification and reporting of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect.”.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence (as corrected, B.T.R.).
Reports of Committees.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert A. O’Leary for legislation to establish the Massachusetts catastrophic event fund.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Insurance.
By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Richard T. Moore, Marie J. Parente and Jennifer M. Callahan for legislation to release certain land in Bellingham from the operation of an agricultural preservation restriction.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, 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.
Papers from the House.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5046) of Brian Paul Golden and Steven A. Tolman for legislation to designate John Silber as a founder of Boston University,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.
The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Lunenburg to convey a certain parcel of land (see Senate, No. 1952);
Relative to the protection of disabled persons (see House, No. 3241); and
Relative to the sale of municipal tax receivables (see House, No. 4872, amended).
On motion of Mr. Moore,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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. Moore, at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.