SENATE SESSION – MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017]
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At 11 a.m., when session was scheduled to begin, no senators were in the chamber.
Sen. Timilty of Milton entered the chamber at 11:03 a.m. Sen. Tarr of Gloucester entered at 11:09 a.m. and greeted a court officer. Sen. Timilty jogged to the rear of the chamber to speak with a staffer, then returned to the rostrum.
Sen. Tarr complimented Sen. Timilty on his tie, which was red. The sergeant at arms handed Sen. Timilty the gavel.
CONVENES: Sen. Timilty called the Senate to order at 11:13 a.m.
PLEDGE: Members, staff and guests rose to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
SICK LEAVE: By a 2-0 standing vote the Senate adopted an emergency preamble on H 3723 establishing a sick leave bank for Philippe Fauche, an employee of the Department of Mental Health.
SGT. NOONAN BRIDGE: By a 2-0 standing vote the Senate adopted an emergency preamble on H 1809 designating a certain bridge in the town of Lanesborough as the Sergeant Gregory Aloysius Noonan Bridge.
RECESS: The Senate stood in a brief recess at 11:15 a.m.
PETITIONS: The Senate concurred with the House's referral of petitions to various committees.
RECESS: The Senate stood in recess at 11:16 a.m.
RETURNS: Sen. Timilty called the Senate to order at 11:24 a.m.
SEATBELT AWARENESS MONTH: The Senate enacted H 1716 designating the month of May as seatbelt awareness month.
SGT. NOONAN BRIDGE: The Senate enacted H 1809 designating a certain bridge in the town of Lanesborough as the Sergeant Gregory Aloysius Noonan Bridge.
SICK LEAVE: The Senate enacted H 3723 establishing a sick leave bank for Philippe Fauche, an employee of the Department of Mental Health.
RECESS: Sen. Timilty called a brief recess at 11:25 a.m. and signed the enacted bills.
MEMORIAL ADJOURNMENT: Sen. Tarr moved that when the Senate adjourn today it do so in memory of Timothy J. Callahan.
Sen. Tarr said, Mr. Callahan passed away on July 7 at the age of 96, peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Rhode Island and completed his high school education at Boston College High School. He graduated from Boston College in 1942 and enlisted in the Air Force. He fought in Normandy, northern France and the Rhineland and flew 65 combat missions in the European theater in World War II. He survived two plane crashes and earned numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. He retired as a major in 1968 and served his community for 34 years as the director of veterans services in North Reading, retiring from that position at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren as well as many other family members.
MOMENT OF SILENCE: The Senate observed a moment of silence in memory of Timothy Callahan.
RECESS: The Senate at 11:29 a.m. entered recess with the time of return left subject to the call of the chair.
RETURN: The Senate returned to order at 3:23 p.m. with Sen. Timilty presiding. Sen. Tarr was also present.
GUESTS: Sen. Timilty introduced two guests of his who were visiting the State House.
ADJOURNMENT ORDER: The Senate adopted an order to meet again on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in a full formal session.
ADJOURNS: The Senate adjourned at 3:24 p.m. to meet next on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
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