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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, October 23, 2000.

Met at two minutes past eleven o’clock A.M.

 

Distinguished Guests.

The President introduced, seated in the rear of the Chamber, the Fellowship of Retired Men of West Springfield. They were the guests of Senator Melconian.

 

Resignation of Senator Henri S. Rauschenbach.

The following communication, received by the Clerk of the Senate from the President of the Senate, was placed on file:

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133

October 19, 2000.

Thomas Birmingham
Senate President
State House
Room 332
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Mr. President:

I hereby submit my resignation from my position as Massachusetts State Senator for the Cape and Islands District, effective October 21, 2000 at 12:00 p.m.

It has been a great honor to serve with you and the distinguished members of the body throughout my career. I part from the Senate with immeasurable respect for and pride toward the endeavors the upper-chamber has championed over the years.

I wish you continued success in your leadership of the Senate.

Very truly yours,
HENRI S. RAUSCHENBACH,
State Senator.

Communication.

A communication from the Department of Public Health submitting a corrected copy of the inspection of South Middlesex Pre-Release Center (received Friday, October 20, 2000),— was placed on file.

 

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting an inspection of the Northeastern Correctional Center (received Thursday, October 12, 2000);

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting an inspection of the Hampden County Correctional Center (received Thursday, October 12, 2000);

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting an inspection of the South Middlesex Pre-Release Center (received Thursday, October 19, 2000);

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting an inspection of the Hodder House Pre-Release Center (received Friday, October 20, 2000); and

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting an inspection of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center (received Friday, October 20, 2000).

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the Melrose Police Relief Corporation (House, No. 4960,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

 

A Bill authorizing the town of Millbury to issue two additional all alcoholic beverage club licenses (House, No. 5291,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

 

A report of the committee on Local Affairs, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5455) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Kevin J. Murphy, David M. Nangle and Steven C. Panagiotakos (with the approval of the city council) that the city of Lowell be authorized to pay a salary to Rithy Uong, a city councillor in said city, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on State Administration,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

 

A report of the committee on Local Affairs, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the House Order relative to authorizing the committee on Local Affairs to make an investigation and study of a certain House document concerning the establishment of the Pittsfield civic authority (House, No. 5304), and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

 

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill making certain corrections to the regional tourism facilities board and administration of the urban renewal and revitalization program (see Senate, No. 2288, amended), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Bernstein) “congratulating Bernice T. McGrail on the occasion of her eightieth birthday”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Brewer) “on the fifth annual Legacy of Caring Conference sponsored by Devereux-Massachusetts.”

 

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 House Bill relative to the civil service rights of certain intermittent police officers and firefighters (House, No. 5263, amended),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—

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 of a calendar.

On motion of Mr. Knapik, at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.