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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

 

Monday, September 29, 2003.

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

Petition.

Mrs. Sprague presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2096) of Jo Ann Sprague and Philip Travis (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Rehoboth to assess fees for conservation purposes,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Sent to the House for concurrence.  

Reports of a Committee.

By Ms. Creem, for the committee on Taxation, on petition, a Bill relative to assessment of local taxes (Senate, No. 1731); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1843), a Bill relative to substance addiction treatment (Senate, No. 2095);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.  

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to debt collection and loan servicing agencies (House, No. 13,— on House, No. 8, in part),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.  

Bills

Authorizing the town of Milford to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 3878,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the town of Braintree to transfer a certain parcel of town park land (House, No. 4129,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “congratulating Donald Colpitts”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Murray) “honoring Dr. Paul Etkind for 26 years of distinguished service in the Department of Public Health”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Shannon) “congratulating David Randolph Grayson.”

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 Senate Bill to provide for the appointment, qualifications, compensation, duties, status, retirement and pensions of summer special police officers on Nantucket Island (Senate, No. 1168),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.  

The Senate Bill to raise fines for parking violations on the island of Nantucket (Senate, No. 1169),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act authorizing an increase in fines for parking violations on the island of Nantucket”.
Sent to the House for concurrence. 

The Senate Bill providing for a fuel revolving account at Nantucket Memorial Airport (Senate, No. 1170),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence. 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill validating action taken at an annual town meeting and a special town meeting held in the town of Leicester (printed in House, No. 4123,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read.

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Rosenberg, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.  

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4189) of Mary E. Grant for legislation to authorize the city of Beverly to discontinue a portion of a certain street as a public way;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7B, to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4190) of Eric Turkington for legislation to authorize the school committee of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School District to enter into a certain lease agreement with Martha’s Vineyard Aquatic Center, Inc.;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4191) of Paul J. Donato relative to the Mystic Valley Development Commission; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4192) of Michael E. Festa, Bruce E. Tarr, Mark V. Falzone and others for legislation to designate “tea” as the official hot beverage of the Commonwealth;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.  

Engrossed Bills.

An engrossed Bill validating the action taken at a special town meeting held by the town of Rockland (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 4142) (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, two-thirds of the members present having voted in the affirmative, and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation.  

An engrossed Bill designating a certain trail in the town of Mansfield as the World War II Veterans Trail (see Senate, No. 1897) (which originated in the Senate), 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.  

Recess.

At four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Havern) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair, and at ten minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. Havern in the Chair.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill authorizing Daniel P. Murphy to withdraw from a certain retirement program (see House, No. 4140, amended), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted in concurrence, by a vote of 2 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.  

Recess.

At seven minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Chair (Mr. Havern) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair, and at twenty-nine minutes before three o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Mr. Havern in the Chair.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bills.

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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Authorizing the town of Lee to enter into contracts for construction, operation and maintenance, lease and modification of its water and wastewater treatment facilities (see House Bill, printed as Senate, No. 1934); and

Authorizing Daniel P. Murphy to withdraw from a certain retirement program (see House, No. 4140, amended).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at two o’clock P.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Adjournment in Memory of Argeo R. Cellucci.

Mr. Lees presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Argeo R. Cellucci, who passed away on Friday, September 26, 2003 at the age of 80. Mr. Cellucci, the father of former Massachusetts Governor and current United States Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci, was an avid clarinet and saxophone player, businessman and longtime chairman of Hudson’s Economic Development Commission. Mr. Cellucci is credited with helping to revitalize the town of Hudson over the past three decades and remained active in civic and political organizations throughout his lifetime. He was a friend to many in the Commonwealth, a good friend to many in this building and will truly be missed by all.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Argeo R. Cellucci, at twenty-seven minutes before three o’clock P.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at two o’clock P.M.