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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, August 10, 1998.

Met at five minutes past eleven o'clock A.M. (Mr. Norton in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Committees Discharged.

Mr. Norton, 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 the Judiciary to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 896, relative to reforming the civil justice system (Senate, No. 2324),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

Papers from the House.

A Bill relative to small claims protection procedures (House, No. 5326,— on Senate, No. 767 and House, No. 1344),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill authorizing the town of Westborough to issue two additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 5395,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

A report of the committee on Counties, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5753) of Peter J. Larkin, Daniel E. Bosley, Christopher J. Hodgkins and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., for legislation to transfer the operation and management of the Berkshire County Registry of Deeds to the Commonwealth, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on counties on the part of the House,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence, insomuch as relates to the discharge of the joint committee.

Bills Recalled from the Acting Governor.

On motion of Mr. Jajuga, it was voted that a messenger be appointed to wait upon His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, requesting the return to the Senate of the engrossed Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land in Grafton (see House, No. 5739).
Mr. Jajuga was appointed the messenger. Subsequently, the bill was returned to the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Bernstein, it was voted that a messenger be appointed to wait upon His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, requesting the return to the Senate of the engrossed Bill establishing a board of registration of hearing instrument specialists (see House, No. 4760).
Mr. Bernstein was appointed the messenger. Subsequently, the bill was returned to the Senate.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "in recognition of the town of Brookfield's establishment of a sister relationship with the village of Brookfield, Scotland", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Knapik, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Clancy) "honoring Robert E. Donelan for his dedicated service to the town of Swampscott, the city of lynn and the greater North Shore community", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Knapik, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Magnani) "honoring Saint John's Episcopal Church in franklin on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Norton, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Knapik, and adopted.

Papers from the House.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5784) of Alice K. Wolf and other members of the General Court relative to the nomination of beneficiaries of certain retired public employees,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first two 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 President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Further regulating certain insurance (see Senate, No. 1974);
Relative to the refusal to reissue a credit card (see Senate, No. 2169, amended); and
Relative to cost of living adjustments (see House, No. 5683).

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 exempting the position of school nurse in the town of Brookline from the civil service law (House, No. 5612),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill relative to the qualifications of commissioner of code enforcement in the city of Springfield (House, No. 5388),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill authorizing the town of Clinton to reimburse certain real property taxes (House, No. 5099) ,— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Panagiotakos,—
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 Ms. Melconian, at ten minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.