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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Monday, September 20, 2004.

Met at eight minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Walsh in the Chair).

The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, led the Chair (Ms. Walsh), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


Notice was received that the Speaker had announced appointments to the following special committee and commissions:

That the Honorable Joseph C. Sullivan and the Honorable Kevin J. Sullivan had been appointed to serve on the special commission established (under section 13 of Chapter 196 of the Acts of 2004) to make an investigation and study of the transportation finance needs of the Commonwealth, the restructuring of the transportation system and the creation of a comprehensive multi-modal long-range transportation plan for the Commonwealth;

That Representative Rogers of Norwood, the Honorable Thomas Drechsler and the Honorable Paul R. Haley had been appointed to serve on the special commission established (under section 2 of Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2004) to make recommendations to improve the manner in which the Constitutional right to counsel is delivered in the Commonwealth; and

That Representatives Golden of Boston, Haddad of Somerset (designated co-chair), LeDuc of Marlborough, St. Fleur of Boston and Wolf of Cambridge had been appointed to serve on the advisory committee established (under section 344 of Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2004) to make an investigation and study of Early Education and Care in the Commonwealth.


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Mary Susan Stanley McGillowey”;
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Melconian) “honoring Captain Roland Holstead”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “congratulating Henry and Jeannette Gibbs on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.”


Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill providing for a charter for the town of Plymouth (see House, No. 5064) (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.

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 the same Senator, at sixteen minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following
Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.