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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 15, 1999.

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

Message from the Governor.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation to validate a special election held in the town of Brookfield (Senate, No. 1989) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Monday, September 13, 1999 at ten minutes before five o'clock P.M.),— was referred to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.


Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Bernstein, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. Bernstein and Nancy Flavin for legislation to allow for the sale of innovative insurance and financial planning products;
By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, David H. Tuttle and Laurance Pease for legislation relative to job security for the state wildfire team;
By Mr. Jajuga, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James P. Jajuga, Brian S. Dempsey and Harriett L. Stanley (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to facilitate the viability of Hale Hospital in Haverhill [Local approval received]; and
By Ms. Melconian, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Linda J. Melconian and Daniel F. Keenan (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Agawam to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

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 President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Rockport to pay a certain bill (see House, No. 4170); and
Designating a certain Metropolitan District Commission playground as the Pat and Gabriel Farren Playground (see House, No. 4307).


On motion of Mr. Clancy, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Moore (accompanied by bill) of Richard T. Moore, Edward J. Clancy, Jr., Charles E. Shannon, George N. Peterson, Jr., and other members of the General Court for legislation to clarify state licensing requirements for health plans offering coverage to senior and disabled citizens,— and the same was referred to the committee on Health Care.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House bills
Relative to the operation of the sewer system of the town of Ipswich (House, No. 4192);
Establishing the position of town administrator in the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea (House, No. 4138, amended);
Relative to the position of deputy chief of police of the city of Holyoke (House, No. 4072);
Authorizing the town of Norton to transfer control of certain conservation land (House, No. 3889); and
Further regulating the Baker Hill Road District in the town of Lanesborough (House, No. 1986);
Were severally read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Melconian, for the committee on Rules, on part of the Senate Order (Senate, No. 1883), a Bill to enable a community preservation fund to be established in certain municipalities (Senate, No. 1513);
The bill was read. There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Order Adopted.

Ms. Melconian offered the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o'clock P.M., and that notwithstanding the provisions of any rule to the contrary full consideration shall be allowed by the Senate on Senate Bill No. 1513, An Act to enable a community preservation fund to be established in certain municipalities.
The order was adopted.

On motion of M. Tisei, at ten minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o'clock P.M.