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Thursday, November 19, 1998.
Met at three minutes past eleven o'clock A.M.
A communication was received from the Honorable Diane Wilkerson
and the Honorable Maryanne Lewis, Co-Chairs of the Caucus of Women Legislators,
announcing the appointment (under Section 66 of Chapter 3 of the General Laws) of Mary Claire
Higgins of Northampton, for a term of three years; Beth Boland, Esq., of Dover, for a term of
two years; Barbara Gomes-Beach of Dorchester, for a term of two years; Sandra Jesse Carter of
Wayland, for a term of three years; Angela Menino of Readville, for a term of one year; and
Roseanna Means of Wellesley, for a term of three years, to the Commission on the Status of
The communication (having been received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Monday, November 16, 1998), was placed on file.
Mr. Keating presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of William R. Keating for legislation to amend the hiring of women on state construction projects, and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.
A Bill relative to certain actions of the Board of Bank Incorporation and the Commissioner of Banks (House, No. 41, on House, No. 19, in part), was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.
A Bill authorizing the town of Stoneham to grant a certain easement (House, No. 5162, on petition) [Local approval received], was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
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 President and laid before the
Acting Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Establishing the Massachusetts prudent investor act (see Senate, No. 2079, amended); and
Relative to the room occupancy excise of the town of Provincetown (see House, No. 5493).
Resolutions (filed by Ms. Pines) "commemorating the celebration of
Hanukkah", were referred, under the rule, to the committee on Rules.
Subsequently, Mr. Birmingham, for 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 Ms. Fargo, and adopted.
There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the
Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Lowell as the Frank W. Grady Bridge (House, No. 5695, changed), was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
A Bill providing for associate members for the youth commission in the
city known as the town of Methuen (House, No. 5841, on petition) [Local approval
received], was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Panagiotakos, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5871) of George N. Peterson, Jr., and Matthew J. Amorello (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Grafton to issue an additional license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises;
To the committee on Government Regulations.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5872) of Mary Jeanette
Murray and Robert L. Hedlund (by vote of the town) that the water department of the town of
Cohasset be authorized to provide water services to other cities, towns and entities; and
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5873) of John F. Quinn and Mark C. Montigny (by vote of the town) relative to validating the actions taken at a special town meeting of the town of Dartmouth;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5874) of Marie J. Parente
and Richard T. Moore (by vote of the town) for legislation to exempt the lease of a portion of the
building known as the records room in the town of Mendon to the historical commission of said
town from the provisions of the uniform procurement law;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.
The following House Order (approved by the committees on Rules of
the two branches, acting concurrently) was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence, to
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the committee on Transportation be granted until Wednesday, December 2, the time within which to report on current House document numbered 5849.
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.
On motion of Mr. Amorello, at eight minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o'clock A.M.