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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006.
Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Baddour in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Baddour), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mr. Moore presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore, Harriette L. Chandler, Robert A. O’Leary, Michael R. Knapik and other members of the General Court for legislation to require immunization of children against Human Papillomavirus,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5301) of Antonio F. D. Cabral and Mark C. Montigny (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of New Bedford be authorized to issue additional licenses for the sale of wine and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises;
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5309) of James E. Vallee (by vote of the town) that the town of Franklin be authorized to issue an additional license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not be drunk on the premises to Lincoln Street Market; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5312) of Shirley Gomes and Robert O’Leary (by vote of the town) that the town of Chatham be authorized to grant additional two additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises;
Severally to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5300) of Cleon H. Turner and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Yarmouth be authorized to provide voters with certain information relative to binding and nonbonding ballot questions;
To the committee on Election Laws.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5302) of Marie J. Parente and Richard T. Moore (by vote of the town) that the town of Hopedale be authorized to deposit certain receipts into the stabilization fund of said town; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5313) of Shirley Gomes and Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the board of selectmen of the town of Chatham to lease certain buildings;
Severally to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5303) of John W. Scibak (by vote of the town) relative to exempting the position of school custodian in the town of South Hadley from the provisions of the civil service law;
To the committee on Public Service.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5314) of Shirley Gomes and Robert A. O’Leary (by vote of the town) for legislation to impose a certain tax on the transfer of property in the town of Chatham to be used for expansion of the sewer system of said town;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Revenue.
A Bill exempting the position of deputy chief of the fire department of the city of Easthampton from the provisions of the civil service law (House, No. 4537,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Timilty and Ms. Walsh) “congratulating Paul Alberta of Medfield on being awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship”; and
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “honoring the Boston Day and Evening Academy.”
Motion to Reconsider.
There being no objection, on motion of Mr. Tisei, the Senate reconsidered the vote by which, at a previous session, it had passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, the House Bill designating Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week (House, No. 4358).
Pending the recurring question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Moore moved that the bill be amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:—
“Section 15BBBBB. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of June as ‘Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month’ in an effort to raise awareness and the need for research among health professionals and the general public of this rear, often misdiagnosed, autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness of the voluntary muscles which can be controlled by medication and other treatments, but can be fatal if left untreated, and to recognize the need for programs to provide support for victims of this disease and their families, and recommending that the month be observed in an appropriate manner by health professionals and the people of the commonwealth.”.
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.
On motion of Mr. Tisei,—
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 a calendar.
Adjournment in Memory of Arthur Jones.
The Senator from Suffolk and Middlesex, Mr. Travaglini, presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it do so as a mark of respect to the memory of Arthur Jones. Arthur Jones, 61, was a former spokesperson for Governor Dukakis, Mayor Raymond Flynn and President Clinton. A former investigative reporter for the Boston Globe and WBZ-TV, Jones was well respected by the Boston media. There will be a memorial service next Friday at seven o’clock P.M., in the Walker Memorial building at MIT. Jones died last week of complications from leukemia. He leaves his wife, Karen Anderson.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Arthur Jones, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tisei, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Thursday next at eleven o’clock A.M.