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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, October 28, 2002.

Met at one minute past eleven o’clock A.M.

Communication.

A communication was received from the President announcing the appointment of the Senator from Bristol, Mr. Montigny, the Senator from Middlesex, Mr. Havern, the Senator from Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester, Mr. Magnani, and the Senator from Hampden and Hampshire, Mr. Knapik, to the advisory committee to study and make recommendations relative to proposals and actions to finance the obligations of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, the Metropolitan Highway System, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project pursuant to Section 44 of Chapter 246 of the Acts of 2002.

Petition.

Ms. Resor presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2490) of Pamela P. Resor and Cory Atkins (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Acton to lease the historic Towne School building for the purpose of preservation and residential use [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Local Affairs, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Carlisle to grant conservation restrictions for town owned conservation land (Senate, No. 2462) [Local approval received]; and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill authorizing the town of Dighton to establish a special fund (Senate, No. 2469) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Bills

Relative to veteran’s agents and veterans’ benefits (House, No. 5216,— on Senate, No. 709 and House, No. 2186); and

Relative to the safe placement of newborns and infants (House, No. 5281, amended,— on House, Nos. 268 and 3739);
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill relative to payment of fire insurance claims to mortgagees (House, No. 2348, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “congratulating the Middleborough Council on Aging.”

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 the sale of wines at auctions (Senate, No. 2238),— was read a third time.

Pending the question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Mr. Morrissey moved that the bill be amended by substituting a new draft entitled “An Act regulating the granting of temporary licenses for the sale of wine at certain auctions” (Senate, No. 2489).
The amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2489) was then passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Resor, 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 dog license fees for senior citizens (House, No. 3054, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Lees, and the bill 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 establishing a capital investments fund in the town of Rochester (see House, No. 4623) (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 President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation.

Recess.

There being no objection, at four minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at twenty-six minutes before five o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, 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).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to certain amendments to the General Appropriation Act for fiscal year 2003 and certain other laws (printed in House, No. 5359, amended,— being a message from Her Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Lees, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act making certain amendments to the General Appropriation Act for fiscal year 2003 and certain other laws.”

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land to the Taunton Development Corporation (see Senate, No. 1591, changed) (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. Lees,—

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.

Recess.

There being no objection, at twenty-two minutes before five o’clock P.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at twelve minutes before five o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill making certain amendments to the General Appropriation Act for fiscal year 2003 and other technical corrections (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5359, amended) (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.

Adjournment in Memory of

Former Senator Joseph B. Walsh.

Mr. Joyce presented a request that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Joseph B. Walsh of Dorchester, who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1961-1972 and as a member of the Massachusetts Senate from 1972-1988. Former Senator Walsh served on numerous committees during his tenure in the legislature, including as Senate Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Transportation and as Vice-Chairperson of the Senate committee on Ways and Means. Joseph B. Walsh was a proud veteran, who worked tirelessly on behalf of veterans as well as all the constituents of the second Suffolk District. The motion prevailed.

Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of former Senator Joseph B. Walsh, at eleven minutes before five o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.