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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, August 29, 2005.

Met at one minute 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 seated in the rear of the Chamber, guests of Senator Hedlund, the Smith family from Hull.

Communication.

A communication from the Honorable Robert E, Travaglini, President of the Senate, announcing the following appointments to the Joint Special Committee established (pursuant to House Order, No. 4059) for the purpose of planning for the celebration of the three hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the General Court: Senators Richard T. Moore (Chairman), Stanley C. Rosenberg, Steven A. Tolman and Marian Walsh,— was placed on file.

 

Petition.

Mr. Creedon presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert S. Creedon, Jr. for legislation relative to alcohol education programs,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill authorizing the retirement of Zanaida Flores of the Boston Police Department (House, No. 4120,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means. 

A Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Weymouth as the Weymouth veterans memorial bridge (House, No. 1693, changed,— on petition.),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules. 

Bills

Relative to a voting precinct in the city of Haverhill (House, No. 4101,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Establishing the Westford town center sewer district (House, No. 4188,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Relative to the appointment of retired police officers in the town of Weymouth to serve as special police officers (House, No. 4344,— on House, No. 3848) [Local approval received on House, No. 3848] ;
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session. 

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4350) of William M. Straus and others (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Fairhaven to issue a license for the sale of wine and malt beverages to Chris Boonprasert, doing business as Sivalai Thai Cuisine,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

A communication from the Commissioner of Banks (under the provisions of Section 2A of Chapter 167 of the General Laws) submitting proposed regulations governing unfair and deceptive practices in consumer transactions (House, No. 4351),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “congratulating Krista Burgoyne on being the Ski11sUSA national baking champion”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brown) “recognizing the Wrentham Public Health and Community Visiting Nurses”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of ‘The Great Hailstorm of 1905’ in the town of Gattinara in Piedmont, Italy”,

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the occasion of the retirement of Jean Smith”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Travaglini) “honoring Vera Manoukian.”

 

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 Senate Bill providing a charter for the city of Melrose (Senate, No. 2174),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House Bill relative to the board of the public works of the town of Norfolk (House, No. 4242),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence. 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the charter of the town of Millis (House, No. 4243,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence. 

Reports 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 Michael W. Morrissey for legislation to require banks to provide immediate overdraft notification.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Financial Services.

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 S. Creedon, Jr., Michael W. Morrissey, Bruce J. Ayers and others for legislation to prevent unlicensed operators or individuals with revoked licenses from operating a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4352) of Deborah D. Blumer for legislation to authorize Benjamin Joress to file a civil service application for the position of police officer, notwithstanding the minimum age requirements,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service. 

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Jason Monteiro, an employee of the Department of Correction (see House, No. 2607, 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 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President 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 and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Granting pension benefits to William I. Griffiths (see House, No. 4123);

Authorizing the town of Dennis to establish a beach capital improvements fund (see House, No. 4154); and

Authorizing the city of New Bedford to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4274).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—

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.

Adjournment in Memory of Representative Michael J. Coppola.

The Senator from Bristol and Norfolk, Mr. Timilty and the Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Lees, presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Representative Michael J. Coppola. Representative Coppola died early Friday morning after a valiant struggle with cancer. He will be remembered always by his colleagues, staff and constituents as a passionate, fair and dedicated legislator; a great family man and a friend to many. He leaves behind his wife “Ginny”, his brother Lawrence, his sister-in-law Anne and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and uncles. Representative Coppola also leaves behind his wonderful and able aide, Lauren.

The towns of Foxborough, Mansfield, and Norton will miss his leadership and we will all surely miss his friendship.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Representative Michael J. Coppola at nineteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. on motion of Mr. Hedlund, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.