COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2006 2006 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION No. 7 SENATE LEAVE OF ABSENCE WEDNESDAY, February 1,2006 Senator MUSTO asked and obtained a leave of absence for Senator O'PAKE, for today's Session, for personal reasons. The Senate met at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. JOURNAL APPROVED The PRESIDENT (Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll) in the Chair. The PRESIDENT. A quorum of the Senate being present, the Clerk will read the Journal of the preceding Special Session of PRAYER January 31,2006. The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of the preceding The Chaplain, Reverend ROBERT SIEBER, of Faith Bible Special Session. Church, of Port Royal, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. Senator BRIGHTBILL. Madam President, I move that further Almighty God, as we gather here in this hour to conduct the reading of the Journal be dispensed with and that the Journal be business of our Commonwealth, we want to pause now to give approved. You the praise, honor, and glory for thefreedomsthat we have. In doing so, may we never cease to remember that it is You, On the question, Heavenly Father, who sets up nations and governments, that it is Will the Senate agree to the motion? You, Father, who puts people in positions of power, and that it is You who gives us the freedoms to pursue life, liberty, and The yeas and nays were required by Senator BRIGHTBILL happiness. May we always remember to say thank You, Lord, for and were as follows, viz: this blessing. Heavenly Father, we want to pause now and give You thanks YEA-48 for allowing us the privilege to have known and to have worked with Senator Thompson. Father, we thank You for his dedication Armstrong Gordner Orie/ Tartaglione Boscola Greenleaf Picccfla Tomlinson and service to this Senate body and our great Commonwealth. Brightbill Hughes Pileggi Vance Lord, we want to take time to pray for his family, Senate col- Browne Jubelirer Pippy Washington leagues, andfriendsin this time of loss. We pray, Lord, that Your Conti Kasunic Punt Waugh Corman Kitchen Rafferty Wenger arms of peace and comfort would surround each of them as they Costa LaValle Regola White, Donald move forward in carrying on the affairs of life, this Senate, and Earll Lemmond Rhoades White, Mary Jo the State of Pennsylvania. May his memory and legacy encourage Erickson Logan Robbins Williams, Anthony H. Ferlo Madigan Scamati Williams, Constance others to a deeper commitment within this Senate body, leading Fontana Mellow Stack Wonderling to a service that will bring a betterment for all mankind. Fumo Musto Stout Wozniak Again, Heavenly Father, we thank You for this quiet time together, when we can come to Your throne of grace and prayer. NAY-0 We ask today for Your guidance for each Senator as they move through the many agenda items before them. May they do work A majority of the Senators having voted "aye," the question that would bring peace, liberty, and happiness to each citizen, was determined in the affirmative. and above all, Father, may their labors today bring honor and The PRESIDENT. The Journal is approved. glory to You. This we ask in Your holy name. Amen. LEAVE OF ABSENCE The PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks Reverend Sieber, who is the guest today of Senator Corman. Senator BRIGHTBILL asked and obtained a leave of absence for Senator EARLL, for a portion of today's Session, for personal PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE reasons. (The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those assembled.) 92 LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL — SENATE FEBRUARY 1, RECESS The PRESIDENT. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Lebanon, Senator Brightbill. Senator BRIGHTBILL. Madam President, I move that the Special Session of the Senate do now recess until Monday, Feb- ruary 6, 2006, immediately following the recess of the Regular Session. The motion was agreed to by voice vote. The Senate recessed the Special Session at 12:22 p.m., East- em Standard Time.