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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, August 29, 2002.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Melconian in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Ms. Fargo, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Fargo, Richard T. Moore, Robert A. O’Leary, Jo Ann Sprague and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to a commission studying the feasibility of providing incentives for independent long term care; and

By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Susan C. Fargo, Richard T. Moore, Robert A. O’Leary, Jo Ann Sprague and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to a commission studying the effectiveness of the nursing home and pharmacy user fee program;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, recommending legislation relative to creation of an enhanced security zone at Logan Airport (House, No. 5318),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Transportation.

Bills

Relative to civil service placement (House, No. 5016,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Providing for the elimination of the residency requirement for the town administrator of the town of Dedham (House, No. 5060,— on House, No. 5212, in part) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

Petition.

A petition (having been transmitted to the Secretary of State under the provisions of Section 5 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws and returned by him with memoranda relative thereto) was referred, as follows, to wit:—

Petition (subject to Joint Rules 12 and 9) of Michael R. Knapik and Michael F. Kane for legislation to restrict the authority of the Holyoke Power and Electric Company;

Under Senate Rule 20 to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Subsequently, Ms. Menard, for the said committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, recommending that Joint Rules 12 and 9 be suspended.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rules 12 and 9 were suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Government Regulations.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committee on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Ralph Taeger and Diana Taeger for legislation to establish a designated driver program for members of the National Guard.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Safety.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5320) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr., David M. Nangle, Kevin J. Murphy and Steven C. Panagiotakos (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to authorizing the city of Lowell to control rents in certain governmentally involved housing in said city;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5321) of William G. Greene, Jr., and Robert A. Havern relative to designating a certain bridge in the town of Billerica as the Gordon C. Brainerd Bridge;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.  

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler) “congratulating the Retired Men’s Club of Greendale on their fiftieth anniversary celebration”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Jacques) “recognizing the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the occasion of the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of Mechanics Co-Operative Bank”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “congratulating Albert ‘Bootsie’ Lewis, Jr. on his retirement.”

Bill Recalled from the Acting Governor.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, it was voted that a messenger be appointed to wait upon Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, requesting the return to the Senate of the engrossed Bill relative to the sounding of train whistles in the town of Tewksbury (see House, No. 765, amended).
Mr. Tarr was appointed the messenger. Subsequently, the bill was returned to the Senate.  

Report of a Committee.

Ms. Resor, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The House Bill relative to acceptance of the municipal early retirement incentive by the town of Westport (printed in House, No. 5194, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.  

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The House Bill authorizing the town of Sudbury to regulate certain property tax exemption eligibility requirements for the elderly (House, No. 5051),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill relative to the taxation of real property in the city of Attleboro (House, No. 5291, changed),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

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 and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:

Further regulating the licensing of public insurance adjusters (see House, No. 1211, amended);

Validating action taken at the special town meeting held by the town of Lancaster (see House, No. 5184);

Relative to the charter of the city of Attleboro (see House, No. 5204, changed); and

Relative to the issuance of certain bonds by the city of Everett (see House, No. 5228).

An engrossed Bill authorizing an alternative method of construction for the Blue Hills and Spot Pond area covered water storage tanks (see House, No. 4816, amended) (which originated in the House), having been certifid 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.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Tuesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Recess.

At fourteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at four minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for a certain employee of the Department of Social Services (see House, No. 5073, amended), 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 and sent to the House for enactment.  

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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 and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:

Relative to creditable service of certain employees of the city of Boston (see Senate Bill, printed as House, No. 3426); and

Relative to the taxation of real property in the city of Attleboro (see House, No. 5291, changed).

On motion of Mr. Tarr, at six minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Tuesday at eleven o’clock A.M.