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Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

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

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Jehlen, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Sandra Brennan, an employee of the Department of Mental Retardation (Senate, No. 2710) ;
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Ms. Jehlen, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill relative to residency requirements for regular fire and police officers (Senate, No. 2705) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Mr. Buoniconti, 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 House Bill revising the South Grafton Water District boundaries (House, No. 5066).

Committees Discharged.

Mr. Buoniconti, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on the judiciary to make an investigation and study of a certain current Senate document relative to disclosure of information by the media (Senate, No. 2716),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ethics and Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

Appointments Received from the House.

Notice was received from the House announcing the following appointments:
That Mark E. Reynolds, CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island has been appointed by the Speaker to the Special Advisory Board (established pursuant to subsection 16M of section 3 of chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006) relative to MassHealth payments.

Report of a Committee.

The committee on Public Service, reported ought NOT to pass (under Joint Rule 10) on the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2656) of Jarrett T. Barrios for legislation relative to retirement credit for Carol Dingle.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and matter was considered forthwith.
On motion of the same Senator, the petition was recommitted to the Joint Committee on Public Service.


The Senate Bill relative to the charter of the town of Walpole (Senate, No. 2581),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of House document numbered 5283.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (both 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 (Mr. Havern) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the state secretary to place a certain question on the official ballot for the state election to be used in the city of Fall River (see House, No. 4874, amended); and
Relating to the procurement and award of contracts for redeveloping a certain public housing project in the city of Boston (see House, No. 5046).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
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 the same Senator, at twelve minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.