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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, October 24, 2002.

Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

 

Communications.

The following communications were severally placed on file:

Communication from James Kelleher, Assistant Superintendent, Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center submitting its corrective action response of said facility (received Tuesday, October 15, 2002); and

Communication from the Plainridge Racecourse (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 128C of the General Laws) submitting copies of simulcasting contracts entered into by the Plainridge Racecourse (received Wednesday, October 22, 2002).

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) relative to inspection of the Hampden County Correctional Center (received Tuesday, October 15, 2002);

A report 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 the MCI Shirley Medium Security Facility (received Friday, October 18, 2002); and

A report 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 the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction (received Tuesday, October 22, 2002).

 

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Board (under the provisions of section 18B(e) of Chapter 6A of the General Laws) submitting its annual report for 2001 (received Thursday, October 10, 2002); and

A report of the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (under the provisions of Section 8 of Chapter 161B of the General Laws) submitting its annual report (received Thursday, October 17, 2002).

 

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Antonioni, for the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2416) of Stephen M. Brewer and John F. Merrigan for legislation to authorize the Pioneer Valley Regional School District to borrow money for construction costs at the Warwick community school,— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Ways and Means.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the discharge of the joint committee.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill establishing a capital investment fund in the town of Holbrook (Senate, No. 2485) [Local approval received]; and

By Ms. Chandler, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill relative to the town of Norwell (Senate, No. 2486) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Ms. Resor, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The House Bills

Relative to state highways in Barnstable County (House, No. 4737); and

Authorizing the town of Norwood to issue additional alcoholic beverage licenses (House, No. 5305).

 

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Montigny) “on the occasion of the retirement of Charles Rucker”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “on the occasion of the retirement of Bill Cardin”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Travaglini) “recognizing Marty Pino Day in East Boston.”

Papers from the House.

 

A Bill relative to creditable service for town moderators (House, No. 1469,— on House, No. 4312, in part),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

A Bill relative to class 2 motor vehicle dealers (House, No. 5357,— on House, No. 4885),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

 

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 distinctive initial plates (Senate, No. 1148),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

The Senate Bill removing the position of plumbing inspector from civil service and appointment by the Board of Selectmen (Senate, No. 2481),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act relative to the plumbing inspector in the town of Marblehead”.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

The House Bill relative to residency requirements for candidates for local office in the city of Newton (House, No. 5210),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the city of Quincy to pay or provide for health insurance benefits to its employees and retirees (see Senate, No. 2487) (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 Acting Governor for her approbation.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

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 Peter J. Murphy.

   Ms. Chandler presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Peter J. Murphy of Lakewood, Colorado. Peter J. Murphy, a long-time resident of Amherst and Worcester, Massachusetts died suddenly Tuesday evening October 22. Mr. Murphy was an expert in fluid dynamics and worked as a consultant and expert witness on numerous cases, including the ground water contamination cases in Woburn, which were the subject of a book and movie entitled "A Civil Action".
   Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Peter J. Murphy, at thirteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Moore, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Monday next at eleven o'clock A.M.