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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Wednesday, November 7, 2001.

Met at six minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Ms. Murray in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

Communication.

A communication from the Hampshire Sheriff’s Office submitting a facility response to the inspection of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections (received Tuesday, October 23, 2001),— was placed on file.

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Wonderland Greyhound Park, Inc. (under the provisions of Section 2 of Chapter 128C of the General Laws) submitting copies of simulcasting contracts entered into by Wonderland (received Tuesday, October 9, 2001);

A report of the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (under the provisions of Section 8 of Chapter 161B) submitting its annual report (received Friday, October 26, 2001); and

A report of Martin J. Benison, Comptroller (under the provisions of Section 12 of Chapter 7A of the General Laws) submitting a copy of the Statutory Basis Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001 (received Friday, October 26, 2001);

A report of the Executive Office of Public Safety, Department of Correction (under the provisions of Section 16 of Chapter 123A of the General Laws) submitting its annual report of the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons (received Thursday, November 1, 2001), copies having been forwarded to the Chairman of the committee on Senate Ways and Means and to the Senate Chair of the joint committee on Criminal Justice.

A report of the Bureau of Special Investigations (under the provisions of Section 11(8) of Chapter 14 of the General Laws) submitting its report for the month of September, 2001 (received Wednesday, October 24, 2001),— was read and sent to the House for its information. 

Petition.

Mr. Rosenberg presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 172) of Stanley C. Rosenberg (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to establish a board of public works and a department of public works in the city of Northampton [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

Committee Discharged.

Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Banks and Banking to make an investigation and study of current Senate document numbered 128 and House document numbered 2828, relative to financial services (Senate, No. 2157); and

Of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture to make an investigation and study of current Senate document numbered 1074, relative to an environmental policy and economic enhancement institute (Senate, No. 2164);
And recommending that the same severally be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the reports were severally considered forthwith and accepted. 

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 her approbation, to wit:

Relative to civil service preference for a police officer in the city of Medford (see Senate, No. 1816); and

Relative to the granting of licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises in the town of Sharon (see House, No. 3701).

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Creem) “honoring Howard M. Haywood”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “honoring Mario J. Gada on being chosen Knight of the Year by the Canton Knights of Columbus”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “honoring Ray Valas on being chosen Knight of the Year by the Canton Knights of Columbus”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Resor) “congratulating Jerry Melanson on receiving the Massachusetts Hockey Assistant Coach of the Year Award.”

Petition.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Brewer (accompanied by bill) of Stephen M. Brewer and David C. Bunker, Jr. (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to the recreation revolving fund in the town of Rutland [Local approval received],— and the same was referred to the committee on Local Affairs.

Sent to the House for concurrence.

 

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Richard T. Moore, Guy W. Glodis, George N. Peterson, Jr., James E. Vallee and other members of the General Court for legislation to validate certain actions by the Blackstone Valley Vocational School District and its member towns.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Education, Arts and Humanities. 

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Robert E. Travaglini, Anthony Petruccelli, Charles E. Shannon, Stanley C. Rosenberg and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect employees of any agency or authority of the Commonwealth laid off or terminated due to acts of terrorism.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Public Service.
Severally sent to the House for concurrence.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4724) of Evelyn Garrettporter that the State Retirement Board be directed to refund said Evelyn Garrettporter a portion of her accumulated retirement deductions,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

 

Recess.

There being no objection, at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair, (Ms. Murray) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and at twenty-eight minutes past four o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.

 

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

Committee of Conference Report.

A report of the committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches, with reference to the Senate amendment to the House Bill providing for improvements to the horse and greyhound racing industry in the Commonwealth and the regulation thereof (House, No. 4261, printed as amended) (amended by the Senate by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2074), recommending that the House concur with the Senate in its amendment, with a further amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 4719,— came from the House, and was read.
The report was considered forthwith and accepted, in concurrence. 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Fargo,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, at twenty-nine minutes past four o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M.