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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, September 9, 1999.

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

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Joyce, for the committee on Public Service, on the recommitted petition, a Bill authorizing the State Retirement Board to grant a pension to Arlenn Officer (printed as House, No. 1635);
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill adding certain school transportation personnel to the so-called school good Samaritan law (Senate, No. 781).

Committee Discharged.

By Ms. Melconian, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of certain current Senate documents relative to miscellaneous retirement issues (Senate, No. 1902), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1335) of Henri S. Rauschenbach, Eric Turkington and Therese Murray for legislation relative to establishing the Wompanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) as a governmental unit for retirement purposes,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Public Service.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills
Authorizing the town of Norton to transfer control of certain conservation land (House, No. 3889,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Relative to the position of deputy chief of police of the city of Holyoke (House, No. 4072,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Relative to the municipal gas and electric commission of the city of Holyoke (House, No. 4309,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) "congratulating the town of Townsend on the occasion of the rededication of Memorial Hall";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) "commemorating the observance of Performance Recognition Day'";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Jajuga) "congratulating John P. Rimas on the occasion of his retirement after 39 years of distinguished service to the Methuen public school system";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Lynch) "honoring Patricia and Robert Powers on the occasion of their fortieth wedding anniversary";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) "congratulating Rosemary Wahlberg on the occasion of her retirement";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "congratulating Anthony DeLuca of Halifax upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout";
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Travaglini and Morrissey) "congratulating Walter G. Armstrong on the occasion of his retirement from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority"; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) "honoring Gareth Kinkead on receiving the Ethel Williams Community Service Award".

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 4733) of Thomas P. Kennedy and other members of the House for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to compensating persons incarcerated and subsequently found to be innocent;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4732) of Thomas P. Kennedy and another relative to police officers stopping vehicles used in the crime of littering;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety.

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 Senate Bill validating the authorization of certain bonds by the Holmes Park Water District (Westminster) (Senate, No. 1969, changed),— was read a second time.
Mr. Antonioni presented an amendment, in section 1, by striking out the figure "$143,000" (inserted by change by the committee on Local Affairs) and inserting in place thereof the following figure:— "$110,000"; and it was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: "An Act validating the authorization of certain bonds by the Holmes Park Water District."

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill designating a certain Metropolitan District Commission playground as the Pat and Gabriel Farren playground (House, No. 4307).
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.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to contract interpretation providing for continuity of contract in view of currency changes in Europe (see House, No. 1508), 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 4 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to a certain payment in lieu of taxes in the town of Charlton (see House, No. 4500, amended) (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 Governor for his approbation.

Senate Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Bernstein,—
Ordered, That the provisions of Joint Rule 11B be suspended with relation thereto to allow the Senate to consider the report of the committee of conference on House Bill, No. 4387, An Act relative to the sex offender registry.

Recess.

There being no objection, at fourteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at two minutes before two o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Committee of Conference Report.

A report of the committee of conference of the disagreeing votes of the two branches, with reference to the Senate amendments to the House Bill relative to the sex offender registry (House, No. 4387) (amended by the Senate by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 1930; and striking out the title and inserting in place thereof the following title: "An Act improving the sex offender registry and establishing civil commitment and community parole supervision for life for sex offenders."), recommending that the House recede from its non-concurrence with the Senate in its amendments and concur therein with a further amendment by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 4734.
The report was read; considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at one minute before two o'clock P.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-one minutes before three o'clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill improving the sex offender registry and establishing civil commitment and community parole supervision for life for sex offenders (see House, No. 4387, 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.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the House, came from the House with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Bernstein,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday 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. Tarr, at a quarter past three o'clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.