Mass. Senate Meets for 4 minutes today, will meet again Thursday.

Two members of the senate, one democrat, one republican, met today.
The other 48 stayed home, went on vacation, ran their other businesses, whatever, but they didn’t show up, and that’s typical. This is what they do most of the year. It’s called “informal” session and anything can happen.

They met for 4 minutes.


CONVENES: The Senate convened at 11:10 a.m. with Sen. Brownsberger of Belmont presiding. Sen. Fattman of Sutton was also present, joined on the floor by his four children.

PLEDGE: Members, staff, and guests pledged allegiance to the U.S. flag.

LANESBOROUGH FIREFIGHTERS: The Senate enacted H 2435 authorizing the town of Lanesborough to continue the employment of Daniel Bolognia, Charles Garrity, Peter Pannesco, Peter Oakley, David Rolle, Donald Whalen and Michael Wooliver.

HANCOCK FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE CHIEF: The Senate enacted H 2437 authorizing the town of Hancock to allow firefighters and police to continue serving past age 65.

BLANDFORD TOWN MEETING: The Senate ordered to a third reading and engrossed H 661 validating the annual town meeting for the town of Blandford.

TEMPORARY DOOR LOCKS: The Senate referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security SD 2709 a Sen. Moore petition for legislation to allow temporary door-locking devices in public buildings.

ERIN KEEL: The Senate referred to the Committee on Public Service SD 2732 establishing a sick leave bank for Erin Keel, an employee of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

DIABETIC COVERAGE: The Senate concurred in referring to the Committee on Financial Services HD 4409 a by-request petition of Julie Mejia (274 East Main St., Suite 3305, Norton) relative to health insurance coverage for diabetic products.

RETIREE PAY LIMITS: The Senate concurred in referring to the Committee on Public Service HD 4416 a Rep. Lombardo petition relative to retiree work hours and pay limits.

OKUR-CHUNG AWARENESS: The Senate concurred in referring to the Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight HD 4255 a joint petition of Rep. Kassner and Sen. Tarr for the issuance of an annual proclamation by the governor to designate April 5 as Okur-Chung Neurodevelopmental Syndrome awareness day.

TIME OF MEETING: The Senate adopted an order scheduling its next session for 11 a.m. Thursday and dispensing with a printed calendar.

ADJOURNS ‘TIL THURSDAY: The Senate adjourned at 11:14 a.m. to meet next on Thursday at 11 a.m. without a calendar.

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