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Monday, December 17, 2001.
Met at nine minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair).
Mr. Moore presented an Order relative to amending the Joint Rules of the two branches of the General Court (Senate, No. 2204),— and, under the rule, the same was referred to the committee on Rules.
Report of a Committee.
By Ms. Murray, for the committee on Insurance, on petition, a Bill
relative to increasing access to affordable health insurance coverage (Senate,
Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
The following resolutions (having been filed with the Clerk) were severally considered forthwith and adopted, as follows:—
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “on the retirement of Raymond Barter”;
Resolutions (filed by Mr. Joyce) “congratulating Arnold Weaver Williams on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday”; and
Resolutions (filed by Mrs. Sprague) “congratulating Joseph Michael Padell of Walpole upon his elevation to the rank of Eagle Scout.”
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 appellate review by state police officers (House, No. 1808),— 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 civil service commission review of state police disciplinary proceedings.”
The House Bill returning tax title properties to productive use (House, No. 4726),— was read a second time.
Ms. Tucker presented an amendment, in section 4 (as printed), by inserting
after the word “sites”, in line 11, the following words:— “, if the commissioner
has approved in writing the request of the city or town to grant the abatement.
Upon the written request of a city or town to grant such an abatement, the commissioner
shall make a determination within 30 days from the date of the receipt of the
request or the request shall be deemed approved.”.
The amendment was adopted.
The bill, as amended, was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with the amendment.
Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.
There being no objection, at eleven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at two minutes past three o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).
Special Recognition — Stacey Montalto.
There being no objection, the Chair (Ms. Melconian) introduced Stacey Montalto, Legal Counsel to the Minority Floor Leader, Brian P. Lees, who is leaving state service to move home to the Capitol District of New York State with her husband, Michael, and her daughter, Grace. On behalf of the entire Senate membership, the Chair thanked Stacey for her able assistance to Senator Brian P. Lees and his staff and for a job well done. She will be missed.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
Committee of Conference Report.
A report of the committee of conference of the disagreeing votes of the two branches with reference to the Senate amendments to the House Bill relative to unemployment insurance rates (House, No. 4531, amended) (amended by the Senate by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 2166; and inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:
“Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to reduce unemployment insurance rates beginning January 1, 2002, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”), recommending that the House recede from its non-concurrence with Senate in its amendment inserting before the enacting clause an emergency preamble; and that the House concur with the Senate in its amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in Senate document numbered 2166, with a further amendment, striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text contained in House document numbered 4817.
The report was considered forthwith, read and was accepted, in concurrence.
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 Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation, to wit:
Relative to the position of treasurer-collector in the town of Kingston (see House, No. 4298); and
Relative to the charter of the town of Swampscott (see House, No. 4720).
There being no objection, at six minutes past three o’clock P.M., the Chair (Ms. Melconian) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twenty-five minutes before four o’clock P.M., the Senate reassembled, Ms. Melconian in the Chair.
Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.
An engrossed Bill relative to unemployment insurance rates (see House, No. 4531, amended), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage and containing an emergency preamble,— was laid before the Senate; and, a separate vote being taken, in accordance with the requirements of Article LXVII of the Amendments to the Constitution, the preamble was adopted, in concurrence, by a vote of 3 to 0.
The bill was signed by the Acting President and sent to the House for enactment.
Subsequently, the bill, which originated in the House, came from the House
with the endorsement that it had been enacted in that branch.
The Senate then passed the bill to be enacted; and it was signed by the Acting President and laid before the Acting Governor for her approbation.
On motion of Mr. Moore,—
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 before four o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Thursday at eleven o’clock A.M.