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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, September 23, 2002.
Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer, Ms. Chandler, Messrs. Antonioni, Glodis, Moore and Magnani and Ms. Resor) “on the occasion of the Worcester County 4-H Centennial Celebration”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the occasion of the sixtieth birthday of Milagros Torres.”
Reports of Committees.
By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting
concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Guy
W. Glodis for legislation relative to prepaid legal services.
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 Commerce and Labor.
By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently,
that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert A. Antonioni,
Patricia A. Walrath and Pamela P. Resor for legislation relative to the borrowing
of money for the Nashoba Regional School District.
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 Education, Arts and Humanities.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Bill Returned with Recommendation of Amendment.
A message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, returning with recommendation of amendment the engrossed Bill relative to establishing a distinctive registration plate process (see House, No. 5028, amended) [for message, see House, No. 5336] having been filed in the office of the Clerk of the House on Saturday, August 10,— came from the House with endorsement that the House adopted the amendment in the following form (as recommended by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading) in section 1, by striking out the following: “2 law enforcement officers; 2 firefighters” and inserting in place thereof the following: “2 representatives from the law enforcement community; 2 representatives from the firefighting community”.
By striking out subsection (c) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:
“(c) Amounts credited to the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund and interest earnings thereon shall be available for expenditure and not subject to appropriation at the direction of the chair of the board of trustees upon the approval of the board for the following purposes: (i) for providing grants to local police and fire departments for the purpose of enhancing emergency response, including responses to acts of terrorism; (ii) toward the design, construction and maintenance of a law enforcement memorial dedicated to Massachusetts law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty; and (iii) toward the design, construction and maintenance of a firefighters memorial dedicated to Massachusetts firefighters killed in the line of duty.”; and
By striking out section 2 and inserting in place thereof the following section:
“SECTION 2. Section 2E of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2000 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:—
(c) The registrar shall furnish, upon application, to the owners of private passenger motor vehicles distinctive registration plates which shall display on their face a design commemorating the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack with the image of the American flag and the words ‘United We Stand.’ There shall be a fee of not less than $40 for such plates in addition to the established registration fee for private passenger motor vehicles, such fee being payable at the time of registration of such vehicle and at each renewal thereof. The portion of the total fee remaining after the deduction of the costs directly attributable to the issuance of such plates shall be deposited in a registry retained revenue account and of the remaining portion of such fee, 50 per cent shall be directed to the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, Inc. and distributed by such fund at its discretion for the benefit of the relatives of the Massachusetts victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America or toward the design, construction and maintenance of a permanent memorial to such Massachusetts victims, or both; 25 per cent shall be deposited within 90 days of receipt thereof to the Rewards for Justice Fund, to be contributed to the United States State Department’s Rewards for Justice program and used solely to apprehend terrorists and bring them to justice; and 25 per cent shall be deposited in the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund established in section 67 of chapter 10.”.
The message was read; and, under the provisions of Article LVI of the Amendments
to the Constitution, the bill was before the Senate subject to amendment and
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik and the amendment was adopted, in concurrence.
Sent to the House for re-enactment.
A Bill relative to parking violations in the city of Worcester (House, No.
5230,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Melconian, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
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 Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Adams to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 5135); and
Relative to representative town government in Framingham (see House, No. 5164, changed).
On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
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.