Rep. Garlick on MSH legislation

This email from Represenative Garlick with the account on the passage in the House of the Medfield State Hospital purchase legislation and her amendment to re-insert the emergency preamble.

From: “Garlick, Denise – Rep (HOU)”
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:49 PM

Dear Mike and through you to the Board of Selectmen,

The House of Representatives engrossed the MSH bill today (see below) with an emergency preamble and it now moves to the Senate.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Yours in service,

Denise C. Garlick

State Representative

13th Norfolk District
Needham, Dover and Medfield

Telephone: 617-722-2070




From: State House News Service []
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:55 PM



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CONVENES: The House convened at 11:07 a.m. with Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford) presiding.

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

RESOLUTIONS: The House adopted a few congratulatory resolutions.

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

NORTHBRIDGE BRIDGE: The House engrossed S 1759 to designate a certain bridge in the town of Northbridge as the Corporal Thomas S. Perron, USMC Memorial Bridge.

HARWICK – SEWER EXTENSION: The House engrossed S 2081 relative to the financing and construction of a sanitary sewer extension in the town of Hardwick.

HOLYOKE – LAND CONVEYANCE: The House engrossed H 4113 authorizing the conveyance of certain land in the city of Holyoke.

MEDFIELD – LAND CONVEYANCE: The House adopted a Rep. Garlick amendment to H 4216, authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain parcels of land in the town of Medfield. The House then engrossed the bill.

The chair called a brief recess. Time was 11:10 a.m.

RECESS: At 11:20 a.m., the House recessed until 1:30 p.m.

At 1:41 p.m. a photographer led a group of children and a few adults into the House chamber, where Rep. Lawn greeted them. Rep. Lawn stood on the rostrum and the guests gathered around it for a photo.

At 2:02 p.m., Rep. Donato gaveled the House to order.

INTERIM BUDGET: The House enacted H 4217 making appropriations for the fiscal year 2014. The total appropriation is $4.6 billion and the bill is designed to fund state government for 30 days.

Rep. Garlick joined Rep. Donato on the rostrum. Time was 2:19 p.m.

At 2:23 p.m., people wearing blue Massachusetts Nurses Association jackets entered the House chamber. One woman took photos of Reps. Garlick, Donato and D’Emilia on the rostrum.

Rep. Garlick took the gavel.

SAFE NURSE STAFFING: The House enacted H 4228 relative to patient limits in all hospital intensive care units.

Guests and staff clapped.

Rep. Garlick said, I would like to recognize the proponents are in the chambers. To the nurses and the hospitals, we extend our gratitude for this thoughtful work and this historic landmark legislation. (Applause)

ADJOURNS – FORMAL SESSION MONDAY: The House adjourned at 2:27 p.m. under an order calling for the next session to be held Monday at 11 a.m., a full formal session.

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