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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, September 18, 2006.

Met at nine 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.


Mr. Baddour presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Steven A. Baddour, Bruce E. Tarr, Marc R. Pacheco and Gregory W. Sullivan for legislation to provide for reform in public construction,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Buoniconti, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to the establishment of reserve funds for compensated absences in cities and towns (House, No. 3584).


Notice was received from the Honorable Salvatore F. DiMasi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, announcing the appointment of Representative Peter Koutoujian of Waltham to the Special Task Force established (pursuant to Chapter 81 of the Acts of 2006) to study, report and draft standards and regulations regarding medical spas and the use of related procedures.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “congratulating Altwheels on the occasion of its fourth annual Alternative Transportation
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “congratulating St. Mary’s of Bondsville on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Fargo, Ms. Chandler, Messrs. Augustus, Barrios, Berry, Brown, Creedon, Ms. Creem, Messrs. Montigny and Moore, Ms. Murray, Mr. Nuciforo, Ms. Spilka, Messrs. Tarr and Tisei, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Walsh) “recognizing September as ‘Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month’”; and
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tarr, Augustus, Barrios, Creedon, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Hart, Havern, Hedlund, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Joyce, McGee, Moore, Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Mr. Panagiotakos, Ms. Resor, Mr. Tisei and Ms. Tucker) “congratulating Suffolk University on its one hundredth anniversary.”

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 Bill authorizing the town of Hopkinton to acquire certain real property in the towns of Upton and Milford (House, No. 4867),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill establishing a tourism revenue preservation fund in the town of Yarmouth (House, No. 4945, changed),— was read a second time.
Mr. O’Leary presented an amendment in section 1, by striking out, in line 3, the words “is hereby authorized to” and inserting in place thereof the following word:— “shall”; in section 2, by striking out, in line 3, the words “is hereby authorized to” and inserting in place thereof the following word:— “shall”; and by inserting after the figure “$50,000”, in line 4, the following words:— “; subject to appropriation,”.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (both 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 (Mr. Hart) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Exempting Craig Blake from the maximum age requirements for appointment as a firefighter in the town of Norton (see Senate, No. 2568); and
Establishing a special commission on long term care for persons with adult onset disabilities (see Senate, No. 2582).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—
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. Knapik, at thirteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.