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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, December 7, 1998.

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

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Pines, for the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, on petition, a Bill authorizing the city of New Bedford to establish and maintain an environmental assessment revolving fund and creating an environmental assessment lien to secure repayment of funds expended from said fund (Senate, No. 2361) [Local approval received];
Read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Papers from the House

Bills
Relative to the approval of Beano licenses in the city of Worcester (House, No. 5670,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Establishing a capital investment fund in the town of Boylston (House, No. 5793,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Authorizing the retirement board of the city of Springfield to pay a certain retirement benefit to the surviving spouse of former police officer Walter C. Juskiewicz (House, No. 5860,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Authorizing the retirement board of the city of Springfield to pay a certain retirement benefit to the surviving spouse of former firefighter Daniel Lawler (House, No. 5861,— on petition [Local approval received]; and
Authorizing the city of Holyoke to issue certain pension obligation bonds (House, No. 5863,— on House, No. 5846) [Local approval received on House, No. 5846];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

A Bill designating a certain bridge in the city of Worcester as the Captain William Amorello Memorial Bridge (House, No. 5849,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Steering and Policy.

The bi-monthly report of the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction (under Section 178 of Chapter 653 of the Acts of 1989) submitting an account of the costs incurred in connection with the depression of the Central Artery and the construction of the Ted Williams Tunnel (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— was returned to the House to be placed on file.

A report of the committee on Insurance, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2362) of Henri S. Rauschenbach and Eric Turkington for legislation relative to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Service,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 5891) of Thomas J. O'Brien and Therese Murray (by vote of the town) relative to providing for an elected board of sewer commissioners in the town of Kingston,— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Election Laws.

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 Travaglini of Suffolk and Middlesex to fill the vacancy.

Order — Adopted.

Ms. Pines presented the following order, to wit:
Ordered, That, notwithstanding the provisions of Joint Rule 10, the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture be granted until Monday, December 14 to make its final report on current Senate document numbered 2358.
The order was considered forthwith, and adopted.
   Sent to the House for concurrence.

Report of a Committee.

Mr. Clancy, for the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, to whom was referred the amendment recommended by His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Acting Governor, to the engrossed Bill limiting the liability of foster caregivers (see Senate, No. 2031, amended) (for Acting Governor's message, see Senate, No. 2339),— reported asking to be discharged from further consideration thereof. The report was accepted.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the matter was considered forthwith.
The President stated that the bill was "before the General Court and subject to amendment and re-enactment".
Mr. Rauschenbach presented an amendment to the engrossed bill adding the following section:
"SECTION 2. The definition of public employee' in said section 1 of said chapter 258, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:— For this purpose, a caregiver of adults means a member of a foster family, or any other individual, who is under contract with an adult foster care provider as defined and certified by the division of medical assistance."
The amendment was adopted.
   Sent to the House for its action.

Matters Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matters were taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:
The House Bill relative to certain actions of the Board of Bank Incorporation and the Commissioner of Banks (House, No. 41),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

The House Bill relative to water and sewer services of the town of Hopedale (House, No. 5816),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Papers from the House.

A Bill authorizing the establishment of senior citizen safety zones in the city of Holyoke (House, No. 5431,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, 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 city of Westfield to supply water outside its boundaries (House, No. 5656,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Clancy, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill providing for the appointment of a clerk and treasurer of the Oak Bluffs Water District (see House, No. 5764, amended) (which originated in the House), 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 President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Birmingham) "supporting the designation of the city of Boston to hold the Democratic National Convention in 2000", were read.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the resolutions were considered forthwith, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "congratulating Martha Andrews of North Dighton upon her receipt of the Girl Scout Gold Award", were read.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the resolutions were considered forthwith, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Pacheco) "congratulating Paula Lee of Taunton upon her receipt of the Girl Scout Gold Award", were read.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the resolutions were considered forthwith, and adopted.

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Panagiotakos) "recognizing World Asthma Day", were read.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Travaglini, and the resolutions were considered forthwith, and adopted.

Committee Changes.

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

Papers from the House.
Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill authorizing the town of Greenfield to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see House, No. 5803) (which originated in the House), 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 President and laid before the Acting Governor for his approbation.

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Melconian,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday 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. Tarr, at eighteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o'clock A.M.