HOUSE SESSION – MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.At 11 a.m., Reps. Tucker of Salem and Wong of Saugus were on the rostrum with Chaplain Father Walsh. Rep. Cassidy of Brockton was also in the chamber.
Rep. Kafka of Stoughton entered the chamber and ascended the rostrum at 11:01 a.m.
CONVENES: The House convened at 11:02 a.m. with Rep. Kafka presiding.
PRAYER: Father Walsh prayed God of creativity we thank you for the many blessings you have given us in Massachusetts. As residents we're grateful for our heritage of innovation. Today we pay tribute to the official sailing vessel of Massachusetts, the Ernestina-Morrissey, one of the oldest sailing vessels still afloat. She was built in Essex in 1894, first caught fish on the Grand Banks, then sailed the Arctic oceans. She was refitted in Cape Verde and renamed the Ernestina. Today she is the last sailing ship used to carry immigrants across the Atlantic. Now owned by the Commonwealth she is currently undergoing renovations in drydock until November 2018. She will then return to her port in New Bedford.
PLEDGE: Members, staff, and guests remained standing and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
LANESBOROUGH - NOONAN BRIDGE: By a 6-0 standing vote, the House adopted an emergency preamble to H 1809 designating a certain bridge in the town of Lanesborough as the Sergeant Gregory Aloysius Noonan Bridge.
SICK LEAVE BANK: By a 6-0 vote the House adopted an emergency preamble to H 3723 establishing a sick leave bank for Philippe Fauche, an employee of the Department of Mental Health.
SEATBELT AWARENESS MONTH: The House enacted H 1716 designating the month of June as seatbelt awareness month.
DEMPSEY COMMUNICATION: The clerk read a communication from Rep. Dempsey of Haverhill resigning his position as chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. The letter dated July 17 said, "Dear Mr. Clerk, I am writing to resign from my position as Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, effective at 9 am today July 17, 2017. Thank you in advance for your assistance in carrying out this wish and ensuring that this letter is on file with the House of Representatives and the Treasurer of the Commonwealth. The communication was placed on file.
PETITION: The House referred a Rep. Carvalho petition to the Judiciary Committee.
COCHITUATE TRAIL BRIDGES: The House referred to the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government HD 4112 a Rep. Linsky petition relative to the sponsorship of bridges crossing the state highways on or along the Cochituate Rail Trail in the towns of Natick and Framingham
SPUTHBOROUGH: The House ordered to a third reading H 3809 authorizing the Southborough Board of Selectmen to enter into a land exchange agreement with St. Mark's School of Southborough, Inc.
ORDERS OF THE DAY: There was no objection to proceeding with the orders of the day.
LEOMINSTER: The House engrossed S 1132 authorizing the city of Leominster to pay a certain unpaid bill
WESTBOROUGH: The House engrossed H 3758 authorizing the town of Westborough to grant an additional liquor license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises
At 11:16 Rep. Chan of Quincy talked with group of five court officers at the northeast doorkeeper's desk
NOONAN BRIDGE: The House enacted H 1809 designating a certain bridge in the town of Lanesborough as the Sergeant Gregory Aloysius Noonan Bridge
The House enacted H 3723 establishing a sick leave bank for Philippe Fauche, an employee of the Department of Mental Health
RECESS: The House recessed at 11:20 a.m.
Rep Chan entered the well. Members and the chief court officer came forward to shake his hand.
RECESS: At 11:45 a.m. Rep. Kafka called a recess subject to the call of the chair. Rep. Kafka reminded members there would be a Democratic caucus in Room A-1 at noon.
RETURNS: The House returned to session at 2:53 p.m. with Rep. Donato of Medford presiding. Rep. Wong was also present.
PREGNANT WORKERS: The House concurred in the Senate amendment with a further amendment (H 3816) to H 3680 establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act.
ADJOURNMENT ORDER: The House adopted an order to meet on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
ADJOURNS: The House adjourned at 2:55 p.m. to meet next on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in a full formal session.
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