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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, August 31, 2000.

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

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate bills

Relative to human cloning (Senate, No. 1394); and

Relative to obscene material (Senate, No. 2255); and

The House bills

Relative to emergency medical care (House, No. 2340, amended);

Relative to patient choice (House, No. 3074);

Authorizing the sheriff’s department of Plymouth County to operate a C-Med system (House, No. 4597);

Relative to the civil liability of qualified psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialists (House, No. 4971);

Relative to certain recreation programs in schools (House, No. 4999); and

Further regulating certain real estate tax abatements (House, No. 5324, amended).


On motion of Mr. Brewer, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Nuciforo (accompanied by bill) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., Christopher J. Hodgkins and Shaun P. Kelly for legislation relative to placement of the Berkshire Council of Government Charter on the November ballot,— and the same was referred to the committee on Election Laws.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Relative to teacher certification (see Senate, No. 207);

Relative to self-insured workers’ compensation groups (see House, No. 5010, amended); and

Relative to the annual observance of Candle Safety Day (see House, No. 5041, amended).


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) “on the two hundredth anniversary of the Charlestown Navy Yard”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “recognizing POW/MIA Day”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the retirement of David Westcoat”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Panagiotakos) “congratulating John A. Crisafulli on the occasion of his retirement as Superintendent of Schools in Westford”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Joan I. Branton on the occasion of her retirement”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Barbara A. Germaine on the occasion of her retirement.”


Senate Order — Amended.

The Senate Order granting the joint committee on Commerce and Labor until September 28, 2000 in which to report on Senate documents 2268 and 2257,— came from the House adopted, in concurrence, with an amendment, striking out the following: “2268 and 2257” and inserting in place thereof the following: “2257, 2268 and 2278”.
There being no objection, the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

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.

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