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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Tolman in the Chair).

The Chair (Mr. Tolman), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Tolman) introduced, seated in the Senate Gallery, students from the Umana Elementary School in East Boston. They were the guests of Senate President Travaglini.

There being no objection, the Chair (Mr. Tolman) introduced, seated in the Senate Gallery, a group of exchange students from Basel, Switzerland. The group is here as part of a cultural exchange program with Wakefield High School. During their stay, the students are learning about American culture and visiting local sites that have connections to literature, such as Walden Pond. The students were accompanied by Wakefield Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael Malinowski and their chaperones, Inglin Oswald and Ursina Fehr. They were the guests of Senator Tisei.

Communication.

A communication from Senator James E. Timilty in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268A,— was placed on file.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows:

By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2221) of Thomas M. McGee, Steven M. Walsh, Mark V. Falzone, Robert F. Fennell and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to civil forfeiture of property used for gang related activities in the city of Lynn [Local approval received]; and

By the same Senator, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2222) of Thomas M. McGee, Steven M. Walsh, Mark V. Falzone Robert F. Fennell and other members of the General court for legislation to prohibit gang activity within 1,000 feet of a school zone in the city of Lynn [Local approval received];
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on the Judiciary.

By the same Senator, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2223) of Thomas M. McGee, Steven M. Walsh, Mark V. Falzone, Robert F. Fennell and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide relief for premises used for gang related activity in the city of Lynn [Local approval received];
Under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Buoniconti, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen J. Buoniconti for legislation to create an economic target area in the town of West Springfield;

By Mr. O’Leary, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. O’Leary, Stanley C. Rosenberg, Steven A. Tolman, Bruce E. Tarr and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to exposure to depleted uranium and other hazardous materials by members and veterans of the Massachusetts National Guard; and

By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marc R. Pacheco and William M. Straus for legislation to authorize the State Board of Retirement to grant creditable service to Robbin Peach;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Augustus, for the committee on Election Laws, on petition, a Bill relative to voting hours in the town of Amherst (Senate, No. 2154) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

By Mr. Morrissey, for the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, on petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 232), a Bill extending the simulcasting expiration date for the horse and greyhound racing industry in the Commonwealth (Senate, No. 2215).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time and ordered to a third reading.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The House Bill establishing a minimum energy-efficiency standard for certain products (House, No. 4299, amended).

Mr. Travaglini moved that the rules be suspended so that the matter may be taken up forthwith; but objection was made thereto by Mr. Tisei.
The bill was placed in the Orders of the Day.

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. O’Leary and Eric Turkington for legislation to establish the Martha’s Vineyard housing bank.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei; and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Housing.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4416) of Demetrius J. Atsalis relative to authorizing Barnstable County to establish an early retirement program for the sheriff’s department of said county; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4414) of Demetrius J. Atsalis relative to the retirement allowance of Louis Cataldo, a retired employee of the Barnstable County sheriff’s Office and retired chief of the police department of the town of Dennis;
Severally, under suspension of Joint Rule 7A, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4415) of Edward G. Connolly relative to the retirement allowance payable to Ralph Cecere, a former teacher in the city of Everett;
Under suspension of Joint Rule. 12, to the committee on Transportation.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4417) of Anthony J. Verga and Stephen M. Brewer relative to establishing the Massachusetts military family relief fund;
Under the suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Travaglini,—

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. Tisei, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.