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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, August 25, 2005.

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

Distinguished Guest.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Hart) handed the gavel to Mr. Moore for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Moore introduced Lance Corporal John Jankowski of Webster. Lance Corporal Jankowski recently returned from his third tour of duty in Iraq in the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine India Company. He was accompanied into the Chamber by his family.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, Anne M. Gobi, Dennis G. Fleming and Walter J. Hayes for legislation to designate a certain portion of land at the intersection of routes 122 and 32 in Barre as “Trifilo” Square;

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to designate a certain bridge in the towns of Erving and Orange as the Franklin County Purple Heart Memorial Bridge;

By Mr. Joyce (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Sheila Burke for legislation relative to child support obligations;

By the same Senator (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Morris Rodney for legislation to increase the limit on small claim procedures; and

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr and Roland M. DeLoach for legislation relative to sales of motor vehicles;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Creedon, for the committee on the Judiciary, on petition, a Bill relative to vacation accrual rate of Donald J. Castle, an employee of the Trial Court (Senate, No. 2105);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill providing a charter for the city of Melrose (Senate, No. 2174) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill relative to the recycling of ink cartridges (Senate, No. 534).

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Spilka, for the committee on Children and Families, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 102) of Joan M. Menard, Robert A. O’Leary, Joyce A. Spiliotis, Susan C. Fargo and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide health education in schools,— and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Education.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4349) of Robert J. Nyman and Robert S. Creedon, Jr. (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the appointment of two associate members of the conservation commission in the town of Hanover;
To the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4348) of James B. Leary, Timothy P. Murray (mayor) and Michael V. O’Brien (city manager) (with the approval of the city council) relative to the civil service status of executive positions in the city of Worcester;
To the committee on Public Service.

A Bill relative to the board of the public works of the town of Norfolk (House, No. 4242,— 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 Children and Families, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1457) of Peter J. Koutoujian and others for legislation to promote proper school nutrition, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Health,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Wilkerson) “honoring the career of Mr. Charles Sifford”.

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 pension benefits for William I. Griffiths (House, No. 4123),— 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 granting pension benefits to William I. Griffiths”.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill authorizing the city of New Bedford to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4274,— on House, No. 4158) [Local approval received on House, No. 4158],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Baddour, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

A Bill authorizing the town of Dennis to establish a beach capital improvement fund (House, No. 4154,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the bill 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 authorizing the town of Dennis to establish a beach capital improvement fund”.

Report of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition 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.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Transportation.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bills.

An engrossed Bill establishing a voting precinct in the city of Peabody (see House, No. 3415, 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 and again laid before the Governor for his approbation.

An engrossed Bill establishing the Hatfield Economic Development Corporation (see Senate, No. 2153) (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.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tisei,—

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. Knapik, at twenty-four minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.