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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, December 22, 2003.

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

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

Petition.

Mr. Moore presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore and other members of the General Court [for additional petitioners, see printed bill] for legislation to ensure low-income children’s access to basic health care,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.  

Reports of Committees.

By Ms. Fargo, for the committee on Local Affairs and Regional Government, on petition, a Bill creating a firearms licensing fund in the town of Charlton (Senate, No. 2058) [Local approval received]; and

By the same Senator, for the same committee, on petition, a Bill relative to the unemployment compensation fund in the town of Gill (Senate, No. 2104) [Local approval received];
Severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.  

Ms. Jacques, 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 reporting certain medication errors (Senate, No. 599) (the committee on Ways and Means having recommended that the bill be amended by inserting after the word “registrant”, in line 6, the following word:— “licensee”; by striking out, in line 7, the word “reregister” and inserting in place thereof the following word:— “register”; by inserting after the word “registrant” in lines 11, 15 and 17, each time it appears, the following word:— “, licensee”; by striking out, in line 23, the words “action of contract, or any other” and inserting in place thereof the following word:— “an”; and by adding the following section:

“SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2004.”);

Relative to the safe administration of medications and legible prescriptions (Senate, No. 621) (the committee on Ways and Means having recommended that the bill be amended in section 1, by striking out, in lines 1 to 3, inclusive, the words “executive office of health and human services, in conjunction with the department of public health and the board of registration in pharmacy,” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— “Betsy Lehman center for patient safety and medical error reduction”; by inserting after the word “Society”, in line 30, the following words:— “; the Massachusetts Dental Society”; by inserting after the word “commonwealth”, in line 36, the following words:— “; each of the dental schools located in the commonwealth”; in subsection (b), by adding the following sentence:— “The task force shall complete the development of its recommendations not later than December 15, 2004.”; in section 2, by striking out, in line 1, the words “task force” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— “Betsy Lehman center”; by inserting after the word “representatives”, in line 4, the following words:— “, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on health care and the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means”; and by striking out, in line 4, the words “June 30” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— “December 31”.); and

Authorizing the development of a regional education, training and skills alliance center in the city of Taunton (Senate, No. 1686) (the committee on Ways and Means having recommended that the bill be amended by substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2177).

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Creedon) “congratulating Robert Dean Smith on the occasion of his retirement”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Hedlund) “commending Norma Haskins for her distinguished service.”

Report of a Committee.

Ms. Jacques for the committee on Steering and Policy, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:

The Senate Bill authorizing the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts (Senate, No. 2100) (the committee on Ways and Means having recommended that the bill be amended substituting a new draft with the same title (Senate, No. 2178).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time, and was amended, as recommended by the committee on Ways and Means.
The bill (Senate, No. 2178) was then ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to Thayer Academy in the town of Braintree.”
Sent to the House for concurrence.
 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to voting equipment (House, No. 4243,— on petition),— 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.

 Engrossed Bill.

An engrossed Bill relative to the office of town manager in the town of Arlington (see House, No. 4253) (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 Governor for his approbation.  

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill relative to the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District (see Senate, No. 1989, 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 4 to 0.

The bill was signed by the President and sent to the House for enactment.

Subsequently, Mr. Moore in the Chair, the bill, which originated in the Senate, 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 (Mr. Moore, having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair) and laid before the Governor for his approbation.  

Recess.

There being no objection, at ten minutes before twelve o’clock noon, the Chair (Mr. Moore) declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at seventeen minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, Mr. Moore in the Chair.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill to extend the deadline for mailing quarterly tax bills (printed in House, No. 4388, amended,— being a message from His Excellency the Governor),— was read.
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, 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 Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first 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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Relative to the issuance of certain bonds by the city of Revere (see Senate, No. 2057);

Exempting the deputy chief of police in the town of Milford from the civil service law (see House, No. 3880); and

Relative to the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the town of Fairhaven (see House, No. 3978).

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill to extend the deadline for mailing quarterly tax bills (see House Bill, printed in House, No. 4388, changed), 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 2 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 Governor for his approbation.  

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Tarr,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday 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 twenty minutes past one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.