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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, August 15, 2005.

Met at eight minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Hart in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Hart), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


The following communications were severally read and placed on file:

A communication from the Honorable Brian P. Lees, Senate Minority Leader, announcing the appointment of Dr. Paul Friedmann to the Biomedical Research Advisory Council (pursuant to Section 1 of Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2005); and

A communication from the Honorable Brian P. Lees, Senate Minority Leader, announcing the appointment of Senator Bruce E. Tarr to the joint special committee for the purpose of planning for the celebration of the 375th anniversary of the General Court.


A report of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (under the provisions of Section 66 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws) submitting a copy of its FY 2005 annual report (received Wednesday, August 10, 2005),— was placed on file.


Mr. O’Leary presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. O’Leary, Therese Murray, Cleon H. Turner, Jeffrey Davis Perry and other members of the General Court for legislation to designate a certain bridge in the town of Harwich as the Representative Shirley Gomes Bridge,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. McGee, for the committee on Labor and Workforce Development, on petition, a Bill relative to Commonwealth citizen service initiative (Senate, No. 1119);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4334) of Elizabeth A. Poirier and others relative to authorizing the town of Mansfield to establish a housing corporation;
Under suspension of Joint Rules 7B and 9, to the committee on Housing.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4186) of Peter V. Kocot and Stanley C. Rosenberg (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to establishing the office of finance director in the city of Northampton;
To the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

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 the personnel powers of the town manager in the town of Framingham (House, No. 3141),— 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 amending the personnel powers of the town manager of the town of Framingham”.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

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 the same Senator, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.