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ADJOURNED 'til Monday at 11 a.m. (informal)
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ADJOURNED 'til Monday at 11 a.m. (no calendar)

HOUSE SESSION – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2017

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CONVENES: The House convened at 1:02 p.m. with Rep. Donato presiding.

PLEDGE: Members, staff and guests rose to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

RESOLUTIONS: The House adopted several congratulatory resolutions.

SICK LEAVE: By a standing vote of 14-0, the House attached an emergency preamble to S 2123 establishing a sick leave bank for Matthew McGaughran, an employee of the Department of Correction.

PETITIONS: The House referred a petition of Reps. Peake and Fernandes and Sen. Cyr for legislation to establish a regional fund for the costs associated with water quality restoration projects in the counties of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; a petition of Rep. Chris Walsh relative to motor vehicle liability policies or bonds to the Joint Committee on Financial Services; and a petition of Reps. Chris Walsh, DeCoste and Linskey relative to harassment prevention orders to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

RECESS: Though there was no announcement from the rostrum, the House stood in recess at 1:07 p.m.

RETURN: The House returned to order at 1:19 p.m.

GUESTS: Rep. Donato introduced the Plymouth All Stars, the Cal Ripken New England Regional Champions. The team was visiting as guests of Rep. Muratore and Sen. deMacedo.

LINCOLN LANDFILL PROPERTY: By a roll call vote of 150-0, the House enacted H 3692 authorizing the town of Lincoln to exchange certain landfill property for conservation land. Time was 1:42 p.m.

Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez spoke on the rostrum with Minority Leader Jones, Reps. Donato and Wagner, and an aide to Speaker DeLeo. Time was 1:48 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rep. Donato told the members to stay close to the chamber so they could take roll call votes in rapid succession.

Rep. Donato recognized Rep. Sanchez at 1:53 p.m.

RECESS/RETURN: The House recessed at 1:53 p.m. and Rep. Donato told Rep. Sanchez to turn his mic on. Rep. Sanchez indicated that the mic at the podium in the well was not working properly. The House returned to order at 1:54 p.m.

Rep. Sanchez said, As I hold the button to project, today we are here to take up the governor's vetos. We are going to start with ones that have statewide impact and consider regional items in coming weeks. We are continuing to monitor fiscal trends and our options. But this conference report was a balanced budget and we would like to return that. We are today taking the first steps to restoring the funding for valuable services and programs. That conference report was adopted with strong bipartisan support. You all remember the FY18 budget faced issues as early as May when the FY17 tax revenue base showed signs of weakening. It required meaningful action by the Legislature to produce a balanced budget. The original budgets relied on 3.9 percent revenue growth over the previous year, but during the FY18 budget conference the committee reduced that to 2.8 percent growth over FY17 actual numbers. This decrease in new growth lowered available revenue by about $733 million and required the committee to cut spending by about $400 million, budget on anticipated reversions, and assume no income tax rollback. And for the first time the committee appropriated a $104 million reserve for accounts that traditionally run deficits. This bill is an added layer of fiscal discipline and will allow those programs to receive funding without supplemental budgets. We believe the spending vetos cut too deeply to important programs and services our communities rely on. We will restore funding for pediatric palliative care, HIV/AIDS treatment, for MassHealth to ensure full funding of the projected caseload, and for senior health care. People point to previous years when the administration has had to use mid-year cuts as a reason we should be cautious, but we can go only on the information we have. We are very close to our adjusted FY18 tax revenue benchmark. The conference report was a balanced budget that reflected our priorities and today we will return several accounts to the conference committee levels. We are committed to working with the Senate and administration to make sure the commonwealth remains on strong fiscal footing. But I believe the actions we are going to take today are appropriate. I ask for your support in overriding these vetoes.

RECESS/RETURN: The House recessed at 1:59 p.m. and court officers appeared to be trying to fix an issue with the microphone on the podium. The House returned to order at 2:10 p.m.

DIRECT AID TO FAMILIES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 4403-2000 Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, which was reduced by $6,613,292.

RULE SUSPENSION: The question came on suspending Rule 7a for all upcoming roll call votes.

Rep. Donato recognized Rep. Jones.

Rep. Jones said, I hope the rule is not suspended but it raises many questions. The first is, during the first two months of this fiscal year we have not met the benchmark, we are $11 million behind. That was the benchmark determined by the budget the governor signed, not what we passed. It is some $99 million further behind because the governor used a lower revenue number. On top of that, the Legislature budget underfunded some accounts by some $90 million. July and August are smaller months, that is true. But September is the fourth biggest month and if the Senate isn't going to be in for a couple of weeks, coupled with the fact we are behind the benchmark and have underfunded certain accounts...it makes absolutely no fiscal sense to override these vetoes today. It's not a few vetoes. It's the vast majority, in terms of dollar amounts. We could wait a few weeks, get a full quarter of the year in, get one of the biggest months in and by then we will know more about the price of fuel as a result of the hurricanes. While I appreciate there are a number of items on the list that members feel strongly about and I would feel strongly about if I knew we had the revenue, it is irresponsible to override these vetoes.

Rep. Donato said Rep. Jones' time had expired. Rep. Donato recognized Rep. Hill, who yielded his time to Rep. Jones.

Rep. Jones said, For an abundance of reasons and just looking back at last year, last year in quick fashion we overrode the vetoes and quickly got behind the eight ball. The governor used his 9C authority and members on the other side of the aisle were very upset that he did so and promised we would come back and undo what the governor did. But the governor was right, we never came back and we were never able to restore those things. Don't make the same mistake again, particularly when we can wait a few short weeks and get an idea about September revenues before we know what vetoes we can override. It will also let us close out fiscal 2017. We have other things we need to get done, matters that have been pending for many months at the State House yet no clear avenue for action. I ask that a vote on this matter be taken by a call of the yeas and nays.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rep. Donato told members the roll call vote alert on their smartphones would not work today.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 116-34, RULE 7a WAS SUSPENDED ON ALL OVERRIDE MATTERS. Time was 2:22 p.m.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 130-20 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:26 p.m.

MASSHEALTH FEE FOR SERVICE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 4000-0700 MassHealth Fee for Service Payments, which had been reduced by $209,400,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 121-29 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 5920-2000 Community Residential Services for Developmentally Disabled, which had been reduced by $6,844,581.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 127-23 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:33 p.m.

MASSHEALTH SENIOR CARE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 4000-0601 MassHealth Senior Care, which had been reduced by $5 million.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 140-12 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:36 p.m.

CHAPTER 257 RESERVES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 1599-6903 Chapter 257 and Human Service Reserve, which had been reduced by $4 million.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 120-31 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:39 p.m.

FIRE SERVICES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 8324-0000 Department of Fire Services Administration, which had been reduced by $2,830,000.

Rep. Donato recognized Rep. Jones.

Rep. Jones said, Perhaps the speaker or the chair of Ways and Means can indicate how much money we have added back so far?

There was no response from Rep. Donato or Rep. Sanchez.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 130-21 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:42 p.m.

CHILD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 5042-5000 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, which had been reduced by $2,800,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 125-27 the item was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 2:45 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rep. Donato said members should stay in the chamber for roll call votes or he will close the doors.

UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 1232-0100 Underground Storage Tank Reimbursements, which had been reduced by $2,500,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 115-35 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 2:48 p.m.

HIV/AIDS PREVENTION TREATMENT: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 4512-0103 HIV/AIDS Prevention Treatment and Services, which had been reduced by $2,500,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 124-25 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 2:49 p.m.

MASS. CULTURAL COUNCIL: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 0640-0300 Massachusetts Cultural Council, which had been reduced by 1,875,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 137-14 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 2:52 p.m.

MASS. TECH COLLABORATIVE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 7002-1508 Mass Tech Collaborative Tech and Innovation, which had been reduced by $1,550,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117-35 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 2:54 p.m.

PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY SUBSIDIES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 7004-9005 Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities, which had been reduced by $1,520,407.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 129-22 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 2:56 p.m.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR COMMITTED POPULATION: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 4200-0300 Residential Services for Committed Population, which had been reduced by $1,285,943.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119-33 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 2:58 p.m.

EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 3000-6075 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services, which had been reduced by $1,250,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 131-20 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 3:00 p.m.

SEWER RATE RELIEF: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 1231-1000 Sewer Rate Relief Funding, which had been reduced by $1,100,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117-34 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 3:02 p.m.

RURAL/URBAN MEDICAL SCHOOL RESERVE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 1599-7115 Rural and Urban Medical School Reserve, which had been reduced by $1,000,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119-32 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 3:03 p.m.

REACH OUT AND READ: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 3000-7070 Reach Out and Read, which had been reduced by $1,000,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 139-13 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 3:05 p.m.

MASS. MANUFACTURING PARTNERSHIP: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto in line item 7003-0606 Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which had been reduced by $1,000,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 123-28 the item was OVERRIDEN. Time was 3:07 p.m.

TUFTS VETERINARY: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7077-0023 Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine Program which was was reduced by $1,000,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 122 to 30 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

MASSTECH COLLABORATIVE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7007-1202 Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which was reduced by $850,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 116 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4590-1503 pediatric palliative care, which was reduced by $800,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 138 to 13 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMITTEE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7066-1221 Community College Workforce Grant Advisory Committee, which was reduced by $750,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119 to 30 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7100-0700 Office of Dispute Resolution Operations, which was reduced by $750,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 121 to 30 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

HOMELESS YOUTH: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4000-0007, which was reduced by $675,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 140 to 12 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

COUNTER-TERROR CENTER: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 8000-1001 Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which was reduced by $600,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 128 to 24 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

BIG DATA: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7002-1512 Big Data Innovation and Workforce Fund, which was reduced by $500,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 3:24 p.m.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE LABORATORY: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4516-1000 State Laboratory and Communicable Disease Control Services, which was reduced by $462,475.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 120 to 31 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

REGIONAL TRANSIT: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 1595-6370 Commonwealth Transportation Fund Transfer to RTAs, which was reduced by $400,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 138 to 13 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

RENTAL ASSISTANCE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7004-9030 Alternative Housing Voucher Program, which was reduced by $400,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 121 to 30 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

TRANSPORTATION: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 5911-2000 Transportation Services, which was reduced by $363,318.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119 to 33 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

CHELSEA SOLDIERS HOME: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4180-0100 Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts Administration and Operations, which was reduced by $303,734.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 142 to 10 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

ILLEGAL TOBACCO: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 1201-0400 Task Force on Illegal Tobacco, which was reduced by $302,500.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 113 to 35 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4403-2007 Supplemental Nutritional Program, which was reduced by $300,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 125 to 27 the veto was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 3:36 p.m.

PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4590-0925 Prostate Cancer Research, which was reduced by $275,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 132 to 19 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

HOUSING COURT: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 0336-0003 Housing Court Expansion, which was reduced by $250,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 122 to 29 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

UMASS SPRINGFIELD: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 1599-7114 UMass Center at Springfield, which was reduced by $250,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 116 to 32 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

MOBILE HEALTH: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4516-1037 Mobile Integrated Health retained revenue, which was reduced by $250,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

INNOVATION INSTITUTE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7002-0032 Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which was reduced by $250,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 116 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENT FUND: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7002-1502 Transformative Development Fund, which was reduced by $250,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN


ENGLISH LEARNERS: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7009-6400 Programs for English Language Learners in Gateway Cities, which was reduced by $250,000

Rep. Haddad took over on the rostrum. Time was 3:49 p.m.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 122 to 30 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7066-9600 Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment, which was reduced by $237,937.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 131 to 21 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

PRESCHOOL PARTNERSHIP: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 3000-6025 Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 133 to 19 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

SAMARITANS: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4513-1027 Samaritans Inc Suicide Prevention Services, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 129 to 23 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

STOP STROKE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4513-1121 Stop Stroke Program, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119 to 33 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

HEALTH CARE PLAN REVIEW: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4516-1039 Health Care Industry Plan Review retained revenue, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 35 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

CAREER CENTERS: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7003-0803 One-Stop Career Centers, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 32 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

ASSESSMENT CONSORTIUM: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7061-9401 Assessment Consortium, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119 to 33 the veto was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 4:05 p.m.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CONTROL: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 0610-0050 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which was reduced by $49,999.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 115 to 36 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

CENSUS DATA: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 0511-0270 Census Data Technical Assistance, which was reduced by $175,020.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 118 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7003-0607 Employment Program for Young Adults with Disabilities, which was reduced by $150,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 136 to 16 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

EJ COLLINS CENTER: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 1599-4417 EJ Collins Jr Center for Public Management, which was reduced by $125,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 118 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

NEW LEASE PROGRAM: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7004-0106  New Lease Program, which was reduced by $125,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 130 to 21 the veto was OVERRIDDEN. Time was 4:17 p.m.

TENANCY PRESERVATION: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7004-3045 Tenancy Preservation Program, which was reduced by $125,000.

Rep. Cahill spoke with Reps. Mariano and Sanchez, who were seated on the rostrum. Time was 4:19 p.m.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 116 to 33 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

PRISONERS LEGAL SERVICES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 0321-2100 Prisoners' Legal Services, which was reduced by $122,274.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 35 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

HEALTH CARE COST INVESTIGATION: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 0710-0220 Health Care Cost Containment Comprehensive Investigation, which was reduce by $107,689.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 118 to 32 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

ARCHIVES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 0511-0200 State Archives, which was reduced by $100,000.

Rep. Donato sat next to Rep. Mariano on the rostrum. Time was 4:26 p.m.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 117 to 35 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

DOWN SYNDROME CLINIC: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4510-3010 Down Syndrome Clinic, which was reduced by $100,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 143 to 9 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

AGING WITH DISABILITIES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 5920-3025 Aging with Developmental Disabilities, which was reduced by $100,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 137 to 15 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7002-0033 international trade, which was reduced by $100,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 119 to 33 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

PACE INITIATIVE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7518-0120 PACE initiative, which was reduced by $100,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 120 to 32 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

MASSHEALTH NURSING HOME RATES: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 4000-0641 MassHealth Nursing Home Supplemental Rates, which was reduced by $7,500,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 147 to 5 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

RECESS: Rep. Haddad called a brief recess. Time was 4:38 p.m.

FRAMINGHAM STATE: Question came on whether to override or sustain the governor's veto of line item 7112-0100 Framingham State University, which was reduced by $200,000.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 116 to 34 the veto was OVERRIDDEN

RECESS: Rep. Haddad called a recess and conferred with Reps. Donato and Peake. Time was 4:42 p.m.

Rep. Sanchez moved to suspend Rule 47

HOME CARE REGISTRY: The House accepted a Bills on Third Reading report on H 3821 authorizing the Department of Elder Affairs to establish a home care worker registry. The legislation was enacted as part of the fiscal 2018 budget and Gov. Baker returned it with an amendment. For the governor's message see H 3828, Attachment E

Question came on accepting the amendment recommended by the governor.

Rep. Jones asked for a roll call. There was support.

BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 34-117 the governor's amendment was REJECTED

The House adopted a Rep. Sanchez amendment.

DeNUCCI TRIBUTE: Rep. Haddad asked members to stand in silent tribute to Joseph DeNucci.

ORDERS OF THE DAY: There was no objection to proceeding with the orders of the day.

Rep. Haddad said, We do not anticipate any further roll calls. The chamber began to clear out. Time was 4:54 p.m.

DRACUT LICENSE: The House engrossed H 3755 authorizing the town of Dracut to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverage not to be drunk on the premises.

CAMBRIDGE: The House concurred with the Senate on its amendment to H 1100 authorizing the city of Cambridge to use certain land used for park, playground or recreation for other municipal purposes

CLARDY BRIDGE: The House adopted a Rep. Speliotis amendment and engrossed H 3797 designating a certain bridge as the Trooper Thomas L. Clardy Memorial Bridge.

CLARDY WAY: The House adopted a Rep. Speliotis amendment and engrossed H 3798 designating a certain road as the Trooper Thomas L. Clardy Way.

ADJOURNMENT ORDER: The House adopted an order to meet again Thursday at 11 a.m.

DeNUCCI ADJOURNMENT: Rep. DeLeo and Rep. Lawn moved to adjourn in memory of Joseph DeNucci, a former member of the House and the former state auditor. The order was adopted.

ADJOURNS: The House adjourned at 5 p.m. to meet again Thursday at 11 a.m.

DISCLAIMER: Bill texts and histories are available at www.malegislature.gov. All votes are voice votes, unless otherwise noted. Bills ordered to third reading have been given initial approval. To engross a bill is to pass it and send it to the other branch. The last of three votes taken on bills that reach the governor's desk is the vote on enactment. So, it's third reading (initial approval), engrossment (passage) and enactment. The News Service coverage of legislative debate is an accurate summary of remarks, not a verbatim transcript.

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