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Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 


Monday, December 3, 2001.

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

Distinguished Guests.

There being no objection, the President introduced, seated in the rear of the Chamber, Dore' Hunter and Trey Shupert, Selectpersons from the town of Acton, and members of Cub Scout Pack #70, William Joumas, Matthew Hall, Greg Silva and Andrew Dowen, cubscouts, Tony Silva, Cub Scout leader, and Mary Wilson, committee chair of Pack #70. The group was visiting the State House as the guests of Senator Resor.


A communication from the Board of Trustees of the Health Care Security Trust (under the provisions of Section 4(h) of Chapter 29D of the General Laws) submitting its proposed budget for fiscal year 2002 (Senate, No. 2196) (received Wednesday, November 21, 2001),— was referred to the committee on Health Care.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  


Mr. O’Leary (by request) presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Kenneth Moulton for legislation to protect public health and safety in regard to toxic mold,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

Reports of Committees.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matters be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate bills

Relative to entry on premises to examine gas and electric meters (Senate, No. 379);

To require religious leaders and officials to be mandated reporters of child abuse (Senate, No. 2099);

Relative to voting list access (Senate, No. 2146);

Designating Route 146A in the town of Uxbridge as the Lydia Taft highway (Senate, No. 2189); and

Designating a certain bridge in the town of Sharon as the Lance Corporal Daniel J. Dabreu Memorial Bridge (Senate, No. 2190); and

The House bills

Relative to the Massachusetts Medal of Merit (House, No. 161); and

Relative to labeling of certain food products and dietary supplements (House, No. 4353).


Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4775) of Stephen Kulik and Stanley C. Rosenberg (by vote of the town) relative to the contract for the construction of a public safety complex by the town of Sunderland; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4776) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Paul C. Casey and Richard R. Tisei (by vote of the town) relative to the charter of the town of Reading;
Severally to the committee on Local Affairs.  


Authorizing the certification and appointment of John F. Neville, III as a firefighter in the city of Newton (House, No. 4604,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Authorizing the town of Tyngsborough to refund certain payments (House, No. 4661,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

Report 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 Stephen M. Brewer and Mary S. Rogeness for legislation relative to retirement benefits for David Burgess.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Ms. Resor, 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.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  


On motion of Ms. Fargo, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Nuciforo (accompanied by bill) of Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. and Christopher J. Hodgkins for legislation to authorize the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land in the town of Lenox for natural resources purposes,— and the same was referred to the committee on State Administration.

Sent to the House for concurrence.  


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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “congratulating the North Quincy High School girls’ volleyball team as the 2001 MIAA State Champions”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) “recognizing the observance of Grange Day on December 4, 2001.”


A Bill authorizing the town of Barnstable to convey certain land (House, No. 4708,— on House, No. 4622) [Local approval received on House, No. 4622],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Hedlund, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.  


There being no objection, at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at thirteen minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hedlund,—

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. Hedlund, at twelve minutes before two o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at eleven o’clock A.M.