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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Thursday, November 5, 1998.

Met at six minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.

Communication.

A communication from Senator Thomas C. Norton in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 268A (received Thursday, November 5, 1998),— was placed on file.

Petitions.

Mr. Lees presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2355) of Brian P. Lees and Mary S. Rogeness (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Hampden to borrow money for the payment of certain legal expenses and settlement costs [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Mr. Panagiotakos presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Steven C. Panagiotakos, Kevin J. Murphy, Richard T. Moore, Thomas A. Golden, Jr., and others for legislation relative to the annual observance of Jack Kerouac Day,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Papers from the House.

A Bill relative to retirement benefits for certain employees of the Department of Corrections (House, No. 5594,— on Senate, No. 1211),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the appointment of Senator Berry of Second Essex to fill the vacancy.

Papers from the House.
Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (all of which originated in the House), 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 President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to the Groton Country Club Authority (see House, No. 5157);
Relative to the group insurance program of the town of Sterling (see House, No. 5202);
Exempting the position of school nurse in the town of Franklin from the civil service law (see House, No. 5370);
Making an appropriation to fund a collective bargaining agreement between the Middlesex Sheriff's Office and the Middlesex Sheriff's Superior Officer's Association (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 5783); and
Authorizing the city of Pittsfield to lease a certain parcel of commercial land (see House, No. 5800, amended).


Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5867) of Robert A. Andrew, James P. Jajuga, Arthur J. Broadhurst and others (with the approval of the mayor and town council) relative to providing for term limits for elected officials in the city known as the town of Methuen and for the elected representative from said town to the Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School committee;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Election Laws.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5868) of Edward G. Connolly relative to the siting of certain waste facilities;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Nuciforo) "on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of radio station WBRK of Pittsfield", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Birmingham, from 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. Bernstein, and adopted.

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 performance of weddings by non-resident cantors (Senate, No. 2122),— was read a third time. Mr. Berry, for the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration thereof.
This report was accepted.
Pending the main question on passing the bill to be engrossed, Ms. Jacques presented an amendment, substituting a new draft entitled "An Act authorizing certain nonresidents to solemnize marriages" (Senate, No. 2354); and this amendment was adopted.
The bill (Senate, No. 2354) was then passed to be engrossed.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Papers from the House.

A Bill accepting the devise of certain land in Georgetown as part of the Georgetown-Rowley State Forest (printed as Senate, No. 2349,— on petition),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Committee Changes.

The President announced the resignation of Senator Berry of Second Essex as a member of the committee on Bills in the Third Reading and the reappointment of Senator Jacques of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex thereto.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
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.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Berry, 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 Senate Bill relative to the renewal of real estate brokers licenses (Senate, No. 2342).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Berry, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.


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