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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005.
Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A. M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).
The Senator from Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex, Mr. Brown, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
A communication from the Honorable Brian P. Lees, Senate Minority Leader, announcing that he has appointed himself as the minority member to the Special Commission established (pursuant to Section 37 of Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2006) relative to the production of cable television coverage of legislative sessions, committee hearings and other legislative and administrative procedures,— was placed on file.
Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Antonioni (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jeff Mankiewicz for legislation to regulate the medical treatment of chronic intractable pain; and
By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Anne
M. Gobi, Richard R. Tisei, Cynthia S. Creem and other members of the General
Court and others for legislation to enhance the license plate system of the
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
Reports of a Committee.
By Mr. Barrios, for the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security,
on petition, a Bill requiring health care employers to develop and implement
programs to prevent workplace violence (Senate, No. 1329);
Read and, under Joint Rule 1E, referred to the committee on Health Care Financing.
By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accompanied by bill,
Senate, No. 1332), a Bill relative to the office of the Inspector General of
Correction (Senate, No. 2210);
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 Ms. Chandler) “congratulating Fairman C. Cowan”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “on the dedication of the Thomas J. Ronayne, Jr. Fire Station in the town of Canton.”
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 House Bill authorizing the city of Lowell to grant a permanent easement in certain parkland to abutters (House, No. 3227) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Panagiotakos presented an amendment adding the following section:—
“SECTION 2. No deed conveying the easement described in section 1 shall be
valid unless the deed provides that the easement property shall be used solely
for the purposes described in said section 1 and that, if the easement property
ceases to be so used, the easement shall revert to the city of Lowell for park
or playground purposes.”.
This amendment was adopted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.
Reports of Committees.
By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Senate
Bill to promote the development of alternative fuels and the use of alternative
fuel in vehicles in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2209),— ought to pass, with
an amendment substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2211).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Pacheco, and the bill was read a second time and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2211) was then ordered to a third reading.
By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the House Bill maximizing
federal reimbursement for family planning services (House, No. 4178),— ought
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Pacheco, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.
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 Scott P. Brown and
Richard J. Ross for legislation to authorize the Department of Mental Retardation
of the Commonwealth to establish a sick leave bank for Trisha Sarvia.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brown, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.
Sent to the House for concurrence.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4397) of Christopher J. Donelan
relative to the granting of permits for open burning during certain months of
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4398) of Ronald Mariano relative to inspection requirements for certain refrigeration and air conditioning units; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4399) of David Rich relative to
inspections of automatic sprinkler systems;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4400) of Frances Johnson
relative to creditable service for school nurses;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4401) of Matthew C. Patrick
and others for legislation to further regulate the billing for use of electricity
and the transmission and supply of such energy in the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
On motion of Mr. Pacheco,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.
On motion of Mr. Brown, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.