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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005.

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

The Chair (Ms. Wilkerson), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (under the provisions of Section 10 of Chapter 221A of the General Laws) submitting a copy of its annual report for Fiscal Year 2005 (received Thursday, November 17, 2005); and

A report of the Executive Office of Transportation (pursuant to line items 6000-0100 and 6010-0001 of the General Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2006) submitting various reports (received Monday, November 21, 2005).

Petitions.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:

By Mr. Antonioni, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Robert A. Antonioni for legislation to extend drug free zones to childcare centers;

By Mr. Joyce (by request), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Morris Rodney for legislation to increase the small claims statutory maximum; and

By Mr. Panagiotakos, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Steven C. Panagiotakos for legislation to authorize the refund of automobile sales tax to Fred Magdalenski of the town of Westford;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of Committees.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, on petition, a Bill relative to the Department of Mental Health inpatient study commission (Senate, No. 2109, changed by adding at the end thereof the following new section “(c) This act shall be deemed to have taken effect on July 1, 2004.”);
Read and, under Joint Rule 29, referred to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

By Mr. Tolman, for the committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, on petition, a Bill establishing the public guardianship commission (Senate, No. 1144, changed in section 9, by striking out the words “human services and elderly affairs”, in line 297, and inserting in place thereof the words “mental health and substance abuse”; in section 10 by striking out “2004”, in line 5, and inserting in place thereof “2006”; and in the same section by striking out “2006”, in lines 11 and 12, and inserting in place thereof “2007”.);

By Mr. Baddour, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill increasing the penalties for abandoned motor vehicles (Senate, No. 1857);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to disabled person’s rights of passage (Senate, No. 1858);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to increasing the penalties for driving in the breakdown lane (Senate, No. 1861);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to selective service registration (Senate, No. 1862);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to stealing registration plates and the possession of stolen registration plates (Senate, No. 1873); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to transportation systems (Senate, No. 1951);
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. Timilty, for the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill relative to the Barnstable County septic loan program (Senate, No. 2247, changed by inserting before the first paragraph in section 1, the following “Chapter 381 of the Acts of 2004 is hereby amended by striking out section 1 and replacing with the following section:”;

By Mr. Baddour, for the committee on Transportation, on petition, a Bill further regulating change of name or address notices to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (Senate, No. 1874);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the use of interior lights in motor vehicles (Senate, No. 1889);

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the retention of certain veteran license plates by surviving spouses (Senate, No. 1917); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill to regulate the speed of school buses on limited access highways (Senate, No. 1918);
Read and, under Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

By Ms. Creem, for the committee on Revenue, on petition, a Bill relative to certain property tax assessments in the town of Williamsburg (Senate, No. 1694) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Noelle Francine Blanchard”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Menard and Messrs. Brown, Creedon, Joyce, Montigny, Pacheco and Timilty) “congratulating Bristol Community College as it celebrates its fortieth anniversary”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “honoring the late Ellen Swepson Jackson”; and

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “recognizing World AIDS Day.”

Report of Committees.

By Mr. Buoniconti, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that the Senate Resolve relative to establishing a commission to set guidelines for development costs for housing for disabled adults (Senate, No. 1139),— ought to pass.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the resolve 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: “A Resolve establishing a special commission to set guidelines for development costs for housing for disabled adults.”

Papers from the House.

A Bill authorizing certain appropriations from the capital projects fund in the town of Bridgewater (House, No. 4095,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Timilty, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

A Bill authorizing the town of Mansfield to establish an affordable housing trust fund (House, No. 4197,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tisei, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

A Bill authorizing the town of Mansfield to establish a housing corporation (House, No. 4334,— on petition),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Timilty, 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 establishing a housing corporation in the town of Mansfield”.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill establishing a project mitigation contribution or linkage program for affordable housing in the city of Somerville (see Senate, No. 2044, amended) (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 Governor for his 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.

On motion of Mr. Timilty, at twenty minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Monday at eleven o’clock A.M.