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Tuesday, September 7, 2004.
Met at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Hart 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. Hart), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
The following communications were severally read for the information of the Senate and placed on file:
A communication from the Honorable Robert E. Travaglini, President of the Senate, announcing the appointment of Senator Robert L. Hedlund to the special commission established (pursuant to Section 82 of Chapter 291 of the Acts of 2004) to recommend changes and improvements to the MBTA’s commuter boat service between Hingham and Boston; and
A communication from the End of Life Care Special Commission (under the provisions of Section 480 of Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000) submitting a copy of its FY ’04 report relative to current end of life care services (received Thursday, September 2, 2004).
A report of the Boston University/Chelsea Partnership (under the provisions of Section 13 of Chapter 133 of the Acts of 1989) submitting its legislative report for 2003-2004 (received Wednesday, September 1, 2004),— was placed on file.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5072) of Robert A. DeLeo, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Robert E. Travaglini and another (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to authorize the reinstatement of Michael Stuart as a fire fighter in the city of Revere,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Public Service.
A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Linda J. Magno, an employee of the Department of Mental Retardation (House, No. 5031,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A Bill relative to the appointment of certain commissions in the town of Framingham (House, No. 4851, changed,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act relative to the appointment of members to certain commissions in the town of Framingham.”
A Bill relative to the charter of the city of Lawrence (House, No. 4959,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
A Bill authorizing the Rockland Sewer Commission to enter into a contract for the disposal of sewage and the Abington/Rockland joint water works to enter into a contract for the supply of water (printed in House, No. 4998,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Lees, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
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 Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to the Development and Industrial Commission of the town of Oxford (see Senate, No. 2188);
Relative to fair contracts (see House, No. 1383); and
Authorizing the town of Hingham to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 4896).
A petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 5073) of Thomas M. Finneran for payment from the state treasury to the estate of the late Mary Jane Simmons of Leominster the salary to which she would have been entitled had she served until the end of the term for which she was elected,— came from the House referred, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the House committee on Ways and Means; and the Senate concurred in the suspension of said joint rule.
On motion of Mr. Tolman,—
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. Lees, at nineteen minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.