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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, December 8, 2003.

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

The President, members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Message from the Governor.

A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation to authorize the town of Maynard to grant an easement over certain conservation land (Senate, No. 2169) (received in the office of the Clerk of the Senate on Thursday, December 4, 2003 at seventeen minutes past three o’clock P.M.),— was referred to the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Petition.

Mr. Tarr presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Anthony J. Verga, Richard T. Moore, Carol A. Donovan and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure quality healthcare coverage,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Magnani, for the committee on Public Service, on petition, a Bill relative to the retirement benefits for certified harbormasters and assistant harbormasters of cities and towns (Senate, No. 1473); and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the retirement of University of Massachusetts police (Senate, No. 1580);Severally read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Committee Discharged.

Mr. Brewer, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Public Service to make an investigation and study of certain Senate documents relative to public employees and other related matters (Senate, No. 2135), reported, in part, asking to be discharged from further consideration

Of the Senate petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1423) of Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi for legislation relative to a retirement buyback from the Worcester county retirement system for Mary T. O’Connell; and

Of the Senate petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1930) of Pamela P. Resor and James B. Eldridge (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Harvard to employ Peter E. Warren as fire chief for two years after his sixty-fifth birthday;

And recommending that the same severally be recommitted to the committee on Public Service.Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Benjamin C. Jones of Sharon upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Joshua M. Ryburn of Canton upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Morrissey) “on the retirement of Sister Veronica Dobson”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Vinh Phung of Norton upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Daniel Orlando Spigarolo of Norfolk upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Christopher Tremblay upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Kenneth William Varney of Norfolk upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating John Royal of Norton upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”;

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Michael Dennis Furbush of Norton upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Ross James Forbes III, of Norton upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill establishing the positions of town treasurer and town collector in the town of Charlton (House, No. 4105,— on House, No. 4138),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Knapik, 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 providing for an appointed town treasurer and town collector in the town of Charlton.”

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first two 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 Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Authorizing the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to grant access to its sewer system to a certain property in the town of Hingham (see Senate, No. 1221);

Authorizing the town of Weymouth to grant access to its sewer system and to assess charges therefor (see Senate, No. 2148); and

Relative to the color of emergency medical services vehicles (see House, No. 1914).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Thursday next at twelve o’clock noon, and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

On motion of the same Senator, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at twelve o’clock noon.