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Monday, September 25, 2006.

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Tolman 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. Tolman), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


A report of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance (under the provisions of Section 40N of Chapter 7 of the General Laws) relative to construction contract and subcontract awards to Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) on capital facility projects awarded by DCAM in calendar year 2005 (received Thursday, September 21, 2006),— was placed on file.


Mr. Hedlund presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert L. Hedlund for legislation relative to Lung Cancer Awareness Month,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Buoniconti, for the committee on Ethics and Rules reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House bills
Relative to payment agreements for local taxes (House, No. 2463); and
Designating Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week (House, No. 4358).


A Bill relative to data collection of government assisted housing in Massachusetts (House, No. 4978,— on House, No. 3168),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Baddour) “honoring the memory of Mr. David Skelly”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “congratulating Barbara
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Joyce, Creedon, Timilty and Pacheco) “congratulating James J. Hager on the occasion of his retirement”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “observing Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 1, to 7, 2006 and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. O’Leary) “recognizing the twin city relationship between the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts and the city of Beaune, France.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first 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. Tolman) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the town of Bellingham to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see Senate, No. 2347); and
Authorizing the town of Hopkinton to acquire certain real property in the towns of Upton and Milford (see House, No. 4867, amended).

Order Adopted.

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