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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, December 27, 1999.

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

Distinguished Guests.

The President introduced, seated in the rear of the Chamber, Frank and Nancy Finnell and their children, Arlene, Gregory and, Andrew, who is celebrating his eighth birthday today. They were accompanied by Siobhan Tolman, the daughter of Senator Steven A. Tolman, and her friend, Leah Yossee. They were all the guests of Senator Tolman.

Communications.

A communication was received from the Minority Leader, Mr. Lees, announcing that he will serve on the special commission established (pursuant to the provisions of Section 17 of Chapter 395 of the Acts of 1998) relative to clean elections.

Communications from the Executive Office of Administration & Finance (under the provisions of Section 3B of Chapter 7 of the General Laws) submitting communications regarding the Secretary’s intention to amend fees charged by State Agencies (received Friday, December 17, 1999).

The communications were severally placed on file.

Reports.

Reports of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) submitting its inspections of the Braintree Alternative Center and the Park Drive Pre-Release Center (received Thursday, December 16, 1999),— were read and sent to the House for its information.

 

Petition.

Mr. Tarr presented a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Anthony J. Verga, Brian P. Lees and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to hospitals, health maintenance organizations and providers of medical services,— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

Report of a Committee.

By Ms. Wilkerson, for the committee on State Administration, on petition, a Bill providing for the disposition of Commonwealth property in Chelsea (Senate, No. 1770);

Read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill relative to group automobile insurance plans (House, No. 4922,— on House, No. 457),— was read.

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Bernstein, and the bill was read a second time.

Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Mr. Bernstein moved to amend the bill by 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 provide forthwith for renewal of certain insurance group marketing plans, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”

The amendment was adopted.

The bill, as amended, was then read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Sent to the House for concurrence in the amendment.

Resolutions.

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

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “honoring Southbridge schoolteacher, Judy Cournoyer”; and

Resolutions (filed by Mr. Moore) “congratulating Shepherd Hill Regional High School for achieving a safe and drug-free environment”.

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered, as follows:

The House Bill relative to the apportionment of sewer costs in the town of Stoughton (House, No. 4554),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at seven minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at three minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the Senate reassembled, the President in the Chair.

 

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted.

An engrossed Bill relative to unemployment insurance rates and workforce training (see House, No. 4867, 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.

A Bill relative to district court jurisdiction in the counties of Middlesex and Norfolk (House, No. 4944,— on House, No. 4928, in part),— was read.

There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tolman, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Recess.

There being no objection, at twelve minutes past twelve o’clock noon, the President declared a recess subject to the call of the Chair; and, at twelve minutes before one 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).

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Emergency Preamble Adopted; Engrossed Bill Enacted.

An engrossed Bill relative to group automobile insurance plans (see House, No. 4922, 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 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.

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 Acting President and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:

Authorizing the city of Pittsfield to issue two additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see Senate, No. 1929);

Authorizing the town of Ipswich to issue three additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (see Senate, No. 2020, printed as amended);

Relative to the assessment of interest by the town of Kingston for certain betterments (see House, No. 4431);

Relative to unemployment insurance rates and workforce training (see House, No. 4867, amended);

Authorizing the town of Brookline to lease certain town-owned land (see House, No. 4925); and

Relative to district court jurisdiction in the counties of Middlesex and Norfolk (see House, No. 4944).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Knapik,—
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. Knapik, at one minute before one o’clock P.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following Wednesday at eleven o’clock A.M.