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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, August 24, 2000.

Met at three minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.


Bi-monthly reports (for January, 1999; May, 1999; July, 1999; September, 1999; and November, 1999) of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (under Section 178 of Chapter 653 of the Acts of 1989) submitting accounts of the costs incurred in connection with the depression of the Central Artery and the construction of the Ted Williams Tunnel (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— were returned to the House to be placed on file.

Authorizing the town of Dennis to deposit certain funds into its capital improvement fund (House, No. 5171,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Relative to the historic district committee for the town of Dennis (House, No. 5173,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Relative to the board of cemetery commissioners of the town of Dennis (House, No. 5174,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Exempting certain positions in the town of Swampscott from the provisions of civil service law (House, No. 5226,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the town of Walpole to issue two additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 5251,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

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 authorizing the town of Hull to increase the pension of firefighter John Clasby (House, No. 5205, amended), was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Hedlund presented an amendment in section 1, by inserting after the word “firefighter”, in line 9, the following words:— “, upon determination in accordance with the procedures and requirements of section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws that such member is unable to perform the essential duties of his job and that such inability is likely to be permanent and that he should be so retired.”
The amendment was adopted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating the Coyle and Cassidy High School softball team for winning the year 2000 MIAA Division II Championship”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Panagiotakos) “congratulating the town of Pepperell on the occasion of the two hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of its incorporation.”

Report of a Committee.

By Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, on petition, a Bill temporary certification of teachers (Senate, No. 2136);
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act providing for the temporary certification of teachers”.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5445) of Nancy Flavin and Robert A. Bernstein relative to insurance coverage for diabetic foot disease,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Insurance.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the positions of Clerk/Registrar and Treasurer/Collector in the town of Randolph (see House, No. 5225) (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 enacted and was signed by the President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Meconian,—
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. Tarr, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.