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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, October 15, 2001.

Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (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).

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the Chair (Ms. Melconian) introduced, seated in the rear of the Chamber, a delegation from World Boston. The group, consisting of citizens from Russia, was visiting Boston, under the auspices of the organization, to see historical and cultural aspects of the city, as well as seeking out business opportunities. The group was accompanied by, and were the guests of, Representative Kaufman of Lexington.

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer that provision be made for an investigation and study by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to dairy farming in the Commonwealth;

By Ms. Murray (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Donald Jesse for legislation relative to extending the filing period for tax abatement applications due to assessors’ errors;

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr and Bradley H. Jones, Jr. for legislation to authorize the Trial Court of the Commonwealth to establish a sick leave bank for Roseanne Moore; and

By Ms. Walsh, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Marian Walsh for legislation to authorize and direct the Metropolitan District Commission to erect and maintain a plaque on a certain bridge in West Roxbury;

Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Relative to deceased depositors (House, No. 3479,— on petition); and

Validating action taken at the town election held in the town of Buckland (printed in House, No. 4341,— being a message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

A Bill relative to the board of selectmen in the town of Dalton (House, No. 4560,— on Senate, No. 1845) [Local approval received on Senate, No. 1845],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

A Bill relative to voting precincts in the town of Franklin (House, No. 4474,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Chandler, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Antonioni) “honoring George H. Smith, Jr. for 50 years of dedicated service to the Leominster District Court”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Shannon) “commending Alfred Rubio”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Stephanie Ann Collins of Mansfield upon receiving the Gold Award”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “honoring Earl N. Goff, Jr. for 61 years of faithful service to the town of Rehoboth.”

Communications.

The Clerk read the following communications:

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

October 12, 2001.
Patrick F. Scanlan, Clerk
Massachusetts Senate
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

On October 11, 2001, I was away from the State House on a personal matter, and I was therefore unable to be present for the roll call votes taken on the following items:

1. Senate Bill 2139, An Act Providing Equitable Coverage of Service Under Health Plans.

2. House Bill 4426, An Act Authorizing the Town of Grafton to Convey a Certain Parcel of Conservation Land.

3. House Bill 4201, An Act Authorizing the Town of Hingham to Convey Certain Conservation Land.

4. Senate Bill 1985, An Act Authorizing the Department of Environmental Management to Acquire Certain Conservation Restrictions in Lands of the Town of Hatfield and the Hatfield Water Commission.

5. House Bill 4040, An Act Authorizing the Town of Plymouth to Use Certain Conservation Land for Sewer Purposes.

Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on these matters.

I would respectfully request your assistance with the printing of this communication in the Senate journal. Thank you in advance for your help on this matter.

Sincerely,

ANDREA F. NUCIFORO, JR.,
State Senator.

On motion of Mr. Rosenberg, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053

October 12, 2001.
Patrick F. Scanlan
Senate Clerk
State House, Room 335
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. Clerk:

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, I was out of state on October 11, 2001 when the Senate convened in a formal session and missed several roll call votes. Had I been present, I would have voted in the affirmative on the following legislation:

• Senate Bill 2139 (Senate Bill 805, as amended by Senate Ways and Means), An Act Providing Equitable Coverage of Services Under Health Plans;

• House Bill 4426, An Act Authorizing the Town of Grafton to Convey a Certain Parcel of Conservation Land;

• House Bill 4201, An Act Authorizing the Town of Hingham to Convey Certain Conservation Land;

• Senate Bill 1985, An Act Authorizing the Department of Environmental Management to Acquire Certain Conservation Restrictions in Lands of the Town of Hatfield and the Hatfield Water Commission; and

• House Bill 4040, An Act Authorizing the Town of Plymouth to Use Certain Conservation Land for Sewer Purposes.

I respectfully request that this letter be reprinted in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for October 11. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

CHARLES E. SHANNON,
State Senator.

On motion of Mr. Rosenberg, the above statement was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.

Report of Committees.

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. Antonioni, Peter J. Larkin, Richard T. Moore, Brian P. Lees and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish an appeals process for teacher certification exam candidates.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Brewer, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

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 Senate Bill relative to a special fund in the town of Plymouth (Senate, No. 1030),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4656) of Elizabeth Poirier and other members of the General Court relative to the discrimination against veterans in employment;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Commerce and Labor.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4657) of Michael F. Kane relative to trustees of the Kuzeja real estate trust capital asset-land transfer;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4658) of James R. Miceli, Charles A. Murphy and Bruce E. Tarr (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing Kelly L. Reynolds to take the next civil service examination for police officer in the town of Wilmington, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4659) of Ruth W. Provost and Therese Murray (by vote of the town) relative to Roberti Farm in the town of Sandwich;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Recess.

There being no objection, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to voting precincts in the town of Franklin (see House, No. 4474) (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 and was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at twenty-six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.