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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, August 21, 2006.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Tolman 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 (Mr. Tolman), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Tolman) introduced the Girls Under 12 Girls State Champion Shrewsbury soccer team. They were accompanied by coaches and parents and Representative Karyn Polito of Shrewsbury. They were the guests of Senator Augustus and Representative Polito.

Petitions.

Mr. Rosenberg presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2711) of Stanley C. Rosenberg and Ellen Story (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to certain conservation land in the town of Amherst,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Pacheco presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marc R. Pacheco, Edward M. Augustus, Jr., Susan C. Tucker, Matthew C. Patrick and other members of the General Court for legislation to update property exempt from execution,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Buoniconti, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House bills
Relative to hearings of the Division of Medical Assistance (House, No. 2681, changed); and
Protecting employee compensation (House, No. 4663).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5142) of Bradford Hill (by vote of the town) relative to alcoholic beverage licenses for the town of Wenham;
To the committee on Community Development and Small Business.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5141) of Bradford Hill (by vote of the town) relative to call firefighter benefits in the town of Wenham;
To the committee on Public Service.

A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Kathreen Tessier, an employee of the Department of Revenue (House, No. 5038,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A report of the committee on Education, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5192) of Elizabeth A. Poirier and others that the Department of Education be directed to include a course in civics as a requirement for students to graduate from high school, and recommending that the same be referred to the House committee on Ways and Means,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence, insomuch as relates to the discharge of the joint committee.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “honoring Saint Hedwig Church upon the ninetieth year of its founding”.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill releasing certain land in the town of Amherst from the operation of an agricultural preservation restriction (see Senate, No. 2359), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted in concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Tolman) and sent to the House for enactment.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the House), 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 (Mr. Tolman) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to the release of a conservation restriction in the town of Bedford (see House, No. 4317, amended);
Protecting certain real property in the city of Northampton (see House, No. 5127); and
Authorizing the city of Fitchburg to abate certain taxes (see House, No. 5177).

An engrossed Bill establishing the Concord Housing Development Corporation (see House, No. 4320, amended) (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 re-enacted and was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Tolman) and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5143) of John J. Binienda and Edward M. Augustus, Jr., that the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be authorized to release non-development covenant restrictions on certain land in the town of Leicester;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5144) of Robert S. Hargraves and others for legislation to place a certain non-binding question on the ballot in the current year in the towns of Ayer, Harvard and Shirley relative to the operation and administration of the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill allowing adjustments to the prescription advantage program (see House, No. 5154) (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 re-enacted and was signed by the Acting President (Mr. Tolman) and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—
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 a quarter past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.