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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, September 13, 1999.

Met at one minute past eleven o'clock A.M. (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).

Petitions.

Mr. Nuciforo (by request) presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John J. Swistak for legislation relative to exempting senior citizens from a percentage of local property taxes dedicated to public school funding,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Mr. Moore presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1986) of Richard T. Moore, James E. Vallee and Paul Kujawski (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish an appointed water and sewer commission in the town of Blackstone [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on Senate, Nos. 489 and 499 and House, No. 2516, an Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Health Care to make an investigation and study of certain Senate and House documents relative to nursing staffing levels (Senate, No. 1983);
Referred, under Joint Rule 29, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, on petition, a Bill relative to a certain school building assistance grant for the town of Lunenburg (Senate, No. 1947); and
By Mr. Moore, for the committee on Health Care, on Senate, No. 482 and House, No. 1936, a Bill relative to dietary supplements (Senate, No. 1984);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, on petition, a Bill relative to teacher certification (Senate, No. 207);
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

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 Bill regulating the use of anabolic steroids (Senate, No. 459); and
The House Bill further regulating the Baker Hill Road District in the town of Lanesborough (House, No. 1986).

Placed on File.

By Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, recommending that the communication from the Department of Education (filed under the provisions of Chapter 69 of the General Laws, and in accordance with requirements of Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1948, as amended) submitting interim regulations pertaining to school construction under the school building assistance program (Senate, No. 1728) be placed on file;
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and was accepted.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Committee Discharged.

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 various Senate documents relative to employment benefits (Senate, No. 1910), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1387) of Dianne Wilkerson, Brian P. Lees, Christopher J. Hodgkins, Susan C. Fargo and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to equal employment benefits for public sector employees,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Public Service.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the charter of the town of Yarmouth (House, No. 4416,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was 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. Jajuga) "on the occasion of the observance of POW-MIA recognition Day";
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Lees and Birmingham) "recognizing the Massachusetts Home Care Program";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) "commending Rosemary Wahlberg on her retirement as Executive Director of the Quincy Community Action Program"; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) "honoring Ozell Hudson, Jr.".

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 the form of representative town government in the town of North Attleborough (House, No. 424),— 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.

A Bill abolishing term limits for elected public officials of the city of Lowell (House, No. 4213,— 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.

A Bill providing for term limits for elected officials in the city known as the town of Methuen (House, No. 4703,— 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.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4739) of Mary S. Rogeness and Brian P. Lees relative to the certification and appointment to the state police of John Carolan of the town of Longmeadow,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to contract interpretation providing for continuity of contract in view of currency changes in Europe (see House, No. 1508) (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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Recess.

There being no objection, at ten minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at seventeen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

Papers from the House.

A Bill relative to making appropriations for the fiscal year 1999 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 4736,— on House, No. 4446, in part),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Murray, and the bill was read a second time.
Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Mr. Montigny presented an amendment in section 2C.I, by striking out item 2500-1200 and inserting in place thereof the following item:

"2520-1200.............................................279,535";
and by inserting after item 7053-1925 the following item:
"7077-1000.............................................2,928,968".
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was 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 re-appropriating certain fiscal year 1999 funds."
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Recess.

There being no objection, at nineteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at three minutes before twelve o'clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

Papers from the House.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill re-appropriating certain fiscal year 1999 funds (see House, No. 4736, amended) (which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Wilkerson,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o'clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mrs. Sprague, at two minutes before twelve o'clock noon, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o'clock A.M.