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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, August 23, 2004.

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.


A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Thomas McCabe, an employee of MCI-Norfolk (House, No. 4794,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill validating the proceedings of the annual town meeting in the town of Brookfield (printed in House, No. 4756,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A report of the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5005) of Susan W. Pope and Scott P. Brown (by vote of the town) that the town of Wayland be exempt from certain school construction requirements, and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on State Administration,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to certain benefits for the surviving spouses of certain state police officers (see Senate, No. 1406, amended) (which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5065) of Patricia A. Walrath and Pamela P. Resor relative to establishing a sick leave bank for Noreen Whitaker, an employee of the Department of Fire Services,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

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 Mr. Knapik, at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.