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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, October 14, 1999.

Met at eight minutes past eleven o'clock A.M. (the President in the Chair).

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to municipal lighting plants (House, No. 4427, amended).

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Joyce, for the committee on Public Service, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration
Of the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1203) of Guy W. Glodis and Robert A. Bernstein for legislation relative to the transfer of certain benefits for Worcester County court officers; and
Of the recommitted petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1307) of Michael W. Morrissey for legislation to provide for employment contracts for deputy police chiefs;
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the House committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were severally considered forthwith and accepted.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee and reference to the House committee on Rules.


A message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to establishing the Upper Cape water supply reserve (House, No. 4814), — was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Relative to the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (House, No. 2459, amended, — on petition); and
Authorizing the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to undertake certain activities to stimulate economic growth within the Commonwealth (House, No. 2460, — on petition);
Were severally read and, under Senate rule 26A, referred to the committee on Science and Technology.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4826) of Francis L. Marini and other members of the House for legislation to establish the position of director of South Shore traffic management within the Department of Highways, — was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Transportation.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were read in its entirety by the Clerk and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Tolman, Berry, Brewer, Clancy, Creedon, Ms. Creem, Ms. Fargo, Messrs. Glodis, Hedlund, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. Jajuga, Lees, Lynch, Montigny, Moore, Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Panagiotakos, Rosenberg, Shannon, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Wilkerson, Ms. Melconian.) "honoring Inez McCormack."
Subsequently, Ms. McCormack briefly addressed the Senate, signed the guest book, and was escorted out of Chamber by the Sergeant-at-Arms.


Engrossed Bill.

Ms. Melconian in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair), an engrossed Bill authorizing Gerald M. Cullen to take the civil service examination for the position of firefighter in the town of Tewksbury notwithstanding the maximum age requirement (see Senate, No. 1382) (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.

A Bill authorizing the town of Chelmsford to convey certain conservation land (House, No. 4604, — on petition) [Local approval received], — was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Fargo, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.


The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were read in its entirety by the Clerk and, after remarks, were adopted, as follows:
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) "congratulating the Doric Dames on the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary";
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Melconian) "honoring Diane Troderman for her dedication to public service";
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) "congratulating St. Michael's Romanian-Orthodox Church of Southbridge on the occasion of its seventy-fifth anniversary";
Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Moore and Creedon) "congratulating Joseph J. MacDonald for his 40 years of service to the Boys & Girls Club of America"; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) "in memory of Coleman J. Hogan."

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Rosenberg, —
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Monday next at eleven o'clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Adjournment in memory of Honorable Francis J. Quirico.

Mr. Nuciforo moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Justice Francis J. Quirico. Justice Quirico served as a Superior Court Judge from 1956 to 1968, and was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court in 1969, becoming the first Italian-American appointed to the state's highest court, where he served until 1981. This motion prevailed.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Justice Francis J. Quirico, at twenty-eight minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Rauschenbach, the Senate adjourned to meet on Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.