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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, August 31, 1998.

Met at five minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Lynch of First Suffolk to fill the vacancy.

Papers from the House.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5801) of George Sherman relative to further regulating the impoundment of motor vehicles,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Birmingham, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Richard T. Moore, Edward G. Connolly, Kevin Poirier, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to enhance parental responsibility in the Commonwealth.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs.

By Mr. Birmingham, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Richard T. Moore and Marie J. Parente (by vote of the town of Milford) for legislation relative to the retirement allowance of Anthony J. Mastroianni [Local approval received].
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.

Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

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 imposition of fees for the employment of consultants by the conservation commission of the town of North Andover (House, No. 5610),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Reports of a Committee.

Mr. Rosenberg, for the committee on Ways and Means, on House, No. 5114, reported, in part, a "Bill relative to the abolition of county government, the establishment of regional retirement systems, and the formation of regional councils of government" (Senate, No. 2331).
The bill was read. There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill (Senate, No. 2331) 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.

Mr. Rosenberg, for the committee on Ways and Means, on House, No. 5688, reported, in part, a "Bill to implement a program of reemployment assistance to employees terminated as a result of the restructuring of the utility industry" (Senate, No. 2332). [Direct Appropriation: $3,635,385.]
The bill was read. There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill (Senate, No. 2332) 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.

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 preliminary elections in the town of Framingham (House, No. 5699),— was read a second time and ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Knapik) "congratulating the city of Holyoke on the occasion of its one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Birmingham, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Bernstein, and adopted.

Papers from the House.

A Bill directing the state secretary to place a certain nonbinding question on the biennial state election ballot in the city of Springfield in the current year (House, No. 5798,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

At nineteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-three minutes before twelve o'clock noon, the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Papers from the House.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill directing the state secretary to place a certain nonbinding question on the biennial state election ballot in the city of Springfield in the current year (see House, No. 5798) (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 Acting Governor for his approbation.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Lynch of First Suffolk as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex thereto.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach,—
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.


On motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, at twenty-two minutes before twelve o'clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.