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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, October 22, 1998.

Met at three 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.)

Special Commission Appointment.

A communication was received from the President announcing the appointment of Senator Bruce E. Tarr as the minority party member to the special commission (established by section 382 of Chapter 194 of the 1998) to study the scope of benefits provided to veterans.
The communication was placed on file.

Reports.

Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of certain correctional facilities in the Commonwealth:
Of the Berkshire County House of Correction and Jail in the city of Pittsfield (received Monday, October 19, 1998), and
Of the Middlesex County Jail in the city of Cambridge (received Wednesday, October 21 1998).
The reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information.

Petition.

Mr. Pacheco presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2351) of Marc R. Pacheco, Robert M. Koczera and John F. Quinn (by vote of the town) for legislation to provide for a town administrator i of Lakeville [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Papers from the House.

A Bill relative to the taxation of certain military organizations (House, No. 5747,— on House, No. 3933),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill providing for recall elections in the town of Boxborough (House, No. 5732,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

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 relative to the review of condominium financial reports (Senate, No. 2041),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House Bill further regulating applications for health insurance (House, No. 3832) was read third time.
Pending the question on passing the bill to engrossed, Mr. Jajuga moved that the bill be amended by adding the following section:
"SECTION 2. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 51F, as so appearing, the following section:—
Section 51G. At the time of discharge of any patient requiring acute rehabilitation hospital services, an acute care hospital, as defined in section 25B, shall furnish such patient the names and locations of at least thr providers of such services within a 20 mile radius, except in such cases where there are less than three within said distance. Such information shall be incorporated into the medical records of such patient.".
This amendment was adopted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
 &3160; Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Papers from the House.

The Senate Bill designating the city of Worcester as the birthplace of Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry (Senate, No. 1633),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence with an amendment inserting after section 1 the following section:
"SECTION 2. The department of highways shall erect and maintain for one year a suitable marker in the town of Auburn along Interstate 290 congratulating the Auburn Rockets varsity baseball team for their winning of the 1998 state championship. Said marker shall be in compliance with the standards of said department.".
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Shannon, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence (as corrected by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and its title having been changed by said committee to read as follows "An Act designating the city of Worcester as the birthplace of Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry and congratulating the Auburn Rockets".)

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5853) of Barbara Gardner and David P. Magnani relative to the repayment of retirement fund contributions by Richard J. Macmillan, a fire fighter in the town of Hopkinton;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5854) of Kevin J. Murphy and Thomas A. Golden, Jr., relative to extending the time for filing a report by the special commission (including members of the General Court) established to make an investigation and study of low income housing in the city of Lowell;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5851) of Susan W. Pope, Susan C. Fargo and others (by vote of the town) that the town of Sudbury be authorized to establish a rollback tax fund for the purpose of acquiring and managing properties for conservation purposes;
To the committee on Taxation.

Petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 5855) of Thomas M. Finneran and William P. Nagle, Jr., for payment from the state treasury to the widow of the late Anthony M. Scibelli of Springfield the salary to which he would have been entitled had he served until the end of the term for which he was elected;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the House committee on Ways and Means; and the Senate concurred in the suspension of said rule.

Bill Recalled from the Acting Governor.

On motion of Mr. Tisei, it was voted that a messenger be appointed to wait upon His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, requesting the return to the Senate of the engrossed Bill authorizing the town of North Reading to establish a certain fund (see House, No. 5464)
Mr. Tisei was appointed the messenger. Subsequently, the bill was returned to the Senate.

Papers from the House.
Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), 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 Acting Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Authorizing the towns of Heath, Hawley and Charlemont to acquire a certain parcel of land (see Senate, No. 1769);
Further regulating medical malpractice insurance (see House, No. 1143, amended);
Providing protection for certain retirement accounts (see House, No. 1355);
Authorizing the town of Westborough to issue two additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 5395);
Relative to the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (see House, No. 5514);
Providing for the establishment of a board of public works in the town of Hopkinton (see House, No. 5655, amended); and
Relative to the pension benefits payable to Anna Poncin and Sharon Hewitt by the Attleboro retirement system (see House, No. 5817).

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Messrs. Birmingham and Lees) "congratulating Albert A. Gammal, Jr. on the occasion of his retirement", were referred, under the rules, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Nuciforo, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) "on the occasion of the dedication of a government headstone at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Belchertown in memory of the 'Drummer Boy' Myron P. Walker", were referred, under the rules, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Nuciforo, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) "congratulating Fred Gladstone upon the occasion of his retirement from the Easton Police Department", were referred, under the rules, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Nuciforo, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Messrs Keating, Norton, Lees, Ms. Melconian, Messrs. Rosenberg, Amorello, Antonioni, Berry, Clancy, Creedon, Havern, Hedlund, Ms. Jacques, Messrs. jajuga, Knapik, Lynch, Magnani, Moore, Morrissey, Ms. Murray, Messrs. Nuciforo, Pacheco, Panagiotakos, Shannon, Tisei, Tolman, Travaglini, Joyce and Ms. Wilkerson) "congratulating the Land Court on its one hundredth anniversary", were referred, under the rules, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Nuciforo, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) "honoring the Amory Street Apartments Resident Task Force", were referred, under the rules, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Rosenberg, for the said committee, reported, recommending that the resolutions ought to be adopted; and they were considered forthwith, under a suspension of the rules, moved by Mr. Nuciforo, and adopted.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Shannon,—
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.


On motion of Mr. Tisei, at twelve minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.