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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Thursday, September 18, 2003.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).

The Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, that the Senate Bill providing for performance standards for physicians (Senate, No. 2048),— ought to pass;
Referred, under Senate Rule 26, to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

By Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Lunenberg to establish a capital improvement trust fund and a bond and note proceeds investment fund (Senate, No. 1144) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to provide for the appointment, qualifications, compensation, duties, status, retirement and pensions of summer special police officers on Nantucket Island (Senate, No. 1168) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to raise fines for parking violations on the island of Nantucket (Senate, No. 1169) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill providing for a fuel revolving account at Nantucket Memorial Airport (Senate, No. 1170) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on Senate, No. 1171 and House, No. 958 a Bill authorizing the town of Wareham to grant a conservation restriction to the Wareham land trust (Senate, No. 1171) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 1171 and House, No. 958];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill regulating the use of Lowell Park in the town of Barnstable (Senate, No. 1935) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Tewksbury and/or the Tewksbury Conservation Commission to convey certain easements to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in the town of Tewksbury (Senate, No. 1938, changed in section 1, by striking out, in line 8, the word “northwest” and inserting in place thereof the word “southwest”) [Local approval received];

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Lunenburg to convey a certain parcel of land to Erling Hanson and Lucy Hanson in exchange for certain land (Senate, No. 1952) [Local approval received]; and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the issuance of certain bonds by the city of Revere (Senate, No. 2057) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 138) of Harriette L. Chandler, Vincent A. Pedone, Richard T. Moore, James B. Leary and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a regional lock-up facility in Worcester County,— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Christopher Boumil, an employee of the Department of Correction (printed as Senate, No. 2051,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to the membership of the Lake Quinsigamond Commission (House, No. 4133,— on House, No. 3010),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.  

Reports

Of the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1075) of Douglas W. Petersen, Louis L. Kafka, Gloria L. Fox and Cory Atkins for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of sports injuries to school children;

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2025) of Arthur J. Broadhurst that the Department of Public Health be authorized to enforce the immunization of public school students;

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2570) of Garrett J. Bradley and Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., relative to the Hepatitis B vaccine requirement prior to admittance to the public schools;

Of the petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 2580) of Peter J. Koutoujian and other members of the General Court for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to methods of reducing incidents of suicide in the Commonwealth; and

Of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2762) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and other members of the House relative to requiring criminal history background checks for teaching applicants;

And recommending that the same severally be referred to the committee on Health Care.
Were severally considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.  

Resolutions.

The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Chandler) “congratulating the Worcester Section of the National Council of Jewish Women on providing 100 years of service to the Worcester community”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Dianne Devanna Center”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague, Mr. Antonioni, Ms. Chandler, Ms. Fargo, Mr. Hedlund, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Joyce, McGee, Moore, Morrissey, Nuciforo, O’Leary, Pacheco and Panagiotakos, Ms. Resor, Messrs. Shannon and Tarr, and Ms. Tucker) “on the occasion of Prisoner of War-Missing in Action Recognition Day”.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 0000) of Christopher J. Donelan and Stephen Kulik relative to placing in county jails persons being held in protective custody,— came from the House, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, referred to the committee on The Judiciary.
The Senate concurred in the suspension of Joint Rule 12, and NON-concurred in the reference to the committee on The Judiciary. On motion of Mr. Tolman, the petition was referred to the committee on Public Safety.
Sent to the House for its action.  

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Brewer, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Marian Walsh for legislation relative to the definition of Korean War veteran.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs.
Sent to the House for concurrence.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4168) of Martin J. Walsh relative to the Neighborhood House Charter School in the city of Boston;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4169) of Daniel E. Bosley and Richard T. Moore relative to the financial obligations of tobacco manufacturers selling cigarettes to consumers within the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Health Care.  

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 relative to the charter of the city of Holyoke (Senate, No. 1158),— was read a second time.

Mr. Knapik offered an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled “An Act clarifying jurisdiction over public parks in the city of Holyoke” (Senate, No. 2090).
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2090) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed. Sent to the House for concurrence.  

Moment of Silence.

The Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) requested that members, guests and employees observe a moment of silence for the brave men and women who over the years have served our nation and been held as prisoners of war or been missing in action, in recognition of POW/ MIA Recognition Day, September 19.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tolman,—

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. Knapik, at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.