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Wednesday, December 27, 2000.

Met at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (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).

 

Engrossed Bill — Laid Before the Governor.

The following engrossed bill (which originated in the Senate), having been passed to be enacted and signed by the Acting President (Ms. Melconian) on Thursday, December 21, was laid before the Governor on Tuesday, December 26, for his approbation, to wit:

Making appropriations for the fiscal year 2001 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (see Senate, No. 2310, amended).

 

Communications.

The following communications were severally placed on file:

Communication from the Department of Correction relative to a plan of corrective action for Bridgewater State Hospital (received Thursday, December 14, 2000); and

Communication from Hampshire Sheriff’s Office relative to a plan of correction (received Wednesday, December 20, 2000).

 

Reports.

The following reports were severally read and placed on file:

A report of the Board of Higher Education (under the provisions of Item 7066-0000 of Chapter 127 of the Acts of 1999) submitting its feasibility study of an Attleboro college campus market (received Wednesday, December 13, 2000);

A report of Thomas F. Reilly, Attorney General (under the provisions of Section 5(d) of Chapter 29D of the General Laws) relative to fiscal year 2002 budget recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Health Care and Tobacco Control (received Thursday, December 14, 2000); and

A report of the Department of Education (under the provisions of Section 432 of Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000) submitting their annual report (received Friday, December 15, 2000).

 

The following reports were severally read and sent to the House for its information:

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of the M.C.I. Plymouth facility (received Wednesday, December 13, 2000);

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of the Norfolk County Correctional Center and the Norfolk County Pre-Release Center (received Wednesday, December 13, 2000);

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of Barnstable County House of Correction and Jail (received Thursday, December 14, 2000);

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of the Worcester County House of Correction and Jail (received Wednesday, December 20, 2000); and

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspections of Worcester County House of Correction and Jail and Modular Unit (received Friday, December 22, 2000).

 

Committees Discharged.

Ms. Melconian, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Taxation to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 2322, relative to establishing a hotel tax and open space fund in the city of Quincy (Senate, No. 2333),— and recommending that the same be referred to the Senate committee on Rules.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.
Subsequently, Ms. Melconian, for the committee on Rules, to whom was referred the Senate Order relative to authorizing the joint committee on Taxation to sit during the recess of the General Court for the purpose of making an investigation and study of Senate document numbered 2322, relative to establishing a hotel tax and open space fund in the city of Quincy (Senate, No. 2333), reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2322) of Michael W. Morrissey, A. Stephen Tobin, Ronald Mariano and Bruce J. Ayers (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to authorize the city of Quincy to establish a hotel tax and an open space, recreational and tourism fund,— and recommending that the same be recommitted to the committee on Taxation.
Under Senate Rule 36, the report was considered forthwith and accepted.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to the Insurers Insolvency Fund (House, No. 455,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

 

Bills

Relative to the conservation commission of the town of Lexington (House, No. 4983,— on petition) [Local approval received];

Providing for non-criminal enforcement by the historic districts commission in the town of Lexington (House, No. 5212,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and

Relative to utility lines in the town of Lexington (House, No. 5351,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

The report of the University Counsel of Northeastern University (under Section 2 of Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1986) relative to a summer boating program and a scholarship program established by said university under the terms of a lease of a certain parcel of land in the city of Boston (having been sent by the House to the Senate for its information),— was returned to the House to be placed on file.

 

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first three 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:

Requiring continuing education for inspectors of plumbing and inspectors of gas fitting (see Senate, No. 386);

Authorizing the town of Andover to enter into certain agreements and to convey and accept certain interest in real estate (see Senate, No. 2295);

Authorizing the town of Tewksbury to accept certain streets (see Senate, No. 2312);

Relative to child safety (see House, No. 5099);

Authorizing the city of Lawrence to enter into contracts for the sale or lease and operation and maintenance, financing, repair and replacement, design and construction, and modifications for the water works system and sewer works system (see House, No. 5165, changed);

Further regulating certain real estate tax exemptions (see House, No. 5324, amended); and

Exempting the position of chief of police in the town of Dartmouth from the provisions of civil service law (see House, No. 5410).

 

The Senate Bill relative to the transfer of a certain parcel of land by the Hampshire County Housing Authority (Senate, No. 2252, amended),— came from the House passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, with an amendment in line 2 by inserting after the word “contrary” the following: “but subject to chapter 30B of the General Laws”.
The rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the House amendment was considered forthwith and adopted, in concurrence.

 

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Moore,—

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.

Adjournment in Memory of Ruth K. Franklin.

Mr. Birmingham presented a requestthat when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of Ruth K. Franklin, mother of Alison Franklin, press secretary to the senate president. Ruth Franklin was the curator of the arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas at Stanford University. Mrs. Franklin will be remembered for her passion for collecting the arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and the Americas, and for her love of traveling with her husband Marc Franklin, to visit those regions and learn about their cultures and art. Mrs. Franklin is survived by her husband OF 40 years, as well as her children, Jonathan Franklin of Seattle and Alison Franklin of Cambridge, her sister Diana Korzenik of Newton Highlands and two grandchildren.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of Ruth K. Franklin, at eighteen minutes past eleven o'clock A.M, on motion of Mr. Tisei, the Senate adjourned to meet again on the following day at eleven o'clock A.M.