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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, December 15, 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.

Petition.

Mr. Morrissey presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Michael W. Morrissey, Ronald Mariano, A. Stephen Tobin and William Phelan, Mayor of the city of Quincy, for legislation to expand penalties for non-payment of boat excise tax,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Messages were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to authorizing the town of Hingham to grant certain licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages (House, No. 4368);
To the committee on Government Regulations.

Message from His Excellency the Governor (under the provisions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to authorizing the town of Milton to establish the Milton High School accreditation fund (House, No. 4367);
To the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government.

Message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to the enhancement of fire and building safety (House, No. 4364);
To the committee on Public Safety.

Bills

Providing for a selectmen-town manager form of government in the town of Foxborough (House, No. 4018, changed,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Relative to the old and historic districts commission of the town of Marblehead (House, No. 4153,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4377) of Robert S. Hargraves and Steven C. Panagiotakos (by vote of the town) that the town of Pepperell be authorized to place a certain question on the ballot relative to the sale of alcoholic beverages in said town; and

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4378) of David Paul Linsky, Alice Hanlon Peisch, David P. Magnani and Cheryl A. Jacques (by vote of the town) relative to the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of certain clubs or veterans’ organizations in the town of Natick;
Severally to the committee on Government Regulations.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4379) of Timothy G. Egan, Joseph R. Driscoll, Michael W. Morrissey, Brian A. Joyce and others (by vote of the town) relative to exempting the position of deputy chief of police in the town of Braintree from the provisions of civil service law;
To the committee on Public Service.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Chief Robert D. Churchill on the occasion of his retirement from the Randolph Police Department”;

Resolutions (filed by Ms. Wilkerson) “congratulating Dwight Spaulding Strong and Eleanoretta Broadhurst Strong on the occasion of their seventy-fifth wedding anniversary.”

Petition.

On motion of Ms. Murray, Senate Rule 20 and Joint Rule 12 were suspended on the petition, presented by Mr. Glodis, (accompanied by bill) of Guy W. Glodis for legislation relative to the viatical and life settlements act,— and the same was referred to the committee on Insurance.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

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 Senate Bill relative to a betterment assessment in the town of Sturbridge (Senate, No. 2030),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

The House Bill exempting the position of deputy chief of police in the town of Milford from the provisions of the civil service law (House, No. 3880),— 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 exempting the deputy chief of police in the town of Milford from the civil service law”.

The House Bill relative to the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the town of Fairhaven (House, No. 3978),— 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 relative to the office of town manager in the town of Arlington (House, No. 4253,— on House, No. 4173) [Local approval received on House, No. 4173],— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Chandler, 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. 4381) of Frank M. Hynes and other members of the General Court relative to the eligibility of certain persons to participate in the Medigap Supplement Program upon termination of benefits under the Prescription Advantage Program;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Health Care.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4382) of Thomas M. Petrolati relative to the water withdrawal registration granted to the water and sewer commission of the city of Springfield under the Water Management Act;
Under suspension of Joint Rules 12 and 9, to the committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4383) of Frank M. Hynes and other members of the House for legislation to further regulate severance allowances for public employees;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Public Service.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4384) of Frank M. Hynes for legislation to further regulate exhibitors using convention centers or exhibition centers financed by the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on State Administration.

Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4385) of Frank M. Hynes relative to the collection of taxes on the sale of boats built or rebuilt in the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Taxation.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (both of which originated in the House), 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: `

Relative to recall elections in the town of Bernardston (see House Bill, printed as Senate, No. 2011); and

Relative to the survivor benefits of George Calder (see House, No. 3868).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Murray,—

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 the same Senator, at eight minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.