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school house of not less than twenty volumes of useful books, and the written promise on the part of said board that said Manual shall remain at the school house where it may be used by the pupils as a book of reference during all the time school is taught in the district;

Laid over one day under the rules.
Mr. Covell offered the following:

Resolved, That there be printed for the use of this House, 1,500 copies of the Daily Journal, the same to be delivered at the House document room, and distributed under the supervision of the document room keeper. Which was adopted. Mr. Wildey offered the following:

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the Speaker to consider the Governor's message, and refer the different portions thereof to appropriate committees;

Which was adopted.
Mr. H. F. Campbell offered the following:

Resolved, that there be paid to the Chief Clerk and the Journal Clerk the sums of $25.00 and $15.00, respectively, for their services in accordance with the statute, in preparing for the present session and organizing this House;

Which was adopted.
Mr. Perry offered the following:

Resolved, That the Speaker be permitted to employ a clerk to aid him in such matters connected with his official duties as require clerical services;

Which was adopted.

The Speaker announced as the committee to consider the Governor's message and refer the different portions thereof to appropriate committees, Messrs. Ware, Voorheis, Sherwood, Partridge and Cousins.

The Speaker announced as the committee to group committees and assign rooms for their use, Messrs. Kingsland, Waldo, Hoyt, Herrig and Chamberlain.

Mr. Covell offered the following:

Resolved, That His Excellency, the Governor of this State, be requested to report to this House his action, if any, under and by virtue of concurrent resolution No. 34, session laws of 1893, entitled “Concurrent resolu. tion authorizing the Governor to investigate the construction of a road on Bois Blanc island, and to take steps to revest in the State of Michigan lands, patented for the construction of said road;"

And that he be further requested to transmit to this House a copy of the report made to him by the commissioner appointed to examine and determine the facts under and by virtue of said resolution, Which was adopted.


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Being the consideration of the following: Resolved by the House (the Senate concurring), That it shall be the duty of each member to designate in some manner the amendments offered by them to all general legislation, and the State Printer shall be instructed to print such proposed amendments in italics in the printed bills furnished the members; Which was withdrawn. On motion of Mr. Covell, The House adjourned.

Lansing, Wednesday, January 9, 1895. The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Speaker. Roll called: quorum present. Absent without leave: Messrs. Camburn, Davis, Ferguson, and Hoyt. On motion of Mr. Chamberlain, All absentees were excused for the day. The Speaker announced the following appointments: Speaker's Messenger---Paul Taylor, St. Clair. Document Room Messenger-Earle Bangs, Van Buren. Committee Room Messenger-Ross Madill, Huron. Messenger for the floor of the House-Daniel Patrick, Ionia. Speaker's Clerk- V. A. Mode, Midland.


By the special committee to group committees for clerks, and the assignment of rooms to committees:

Your special committee appointed in compliance with the following resolution:

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed by the Speaker to investigate and report what committes should be supplied with clerks, and to assign to the several committees the rooms respectively to be occupied by them, said committees being the standing committees and the select committee this day appointed;

Respectfully report the following assignment of rooms to committees:

Room A--Insurance, Roads and Bridges, Towns and Counties, Local Taxation and State Library.

Room B-Janitors.

Room C-State House of Correction, State Prison, Upper Peninsula Prison, Normal School, School of Mines, Federal Relations and Supplies and Expenditures.

Room D-Sergeant-at-Arms.
Room E-Clerk.

Room F-State Affairs, Education, Agriculture, Agricultural College, Mines and Minerals.

Room G-Chief Clerk's Assistants.

Room H-Ways and Means, General Taxation, Fisheries and Game, Public Lands, State Capitol and Public Buildings.

Room 1-Enrolling Committee and Clerks.
Room J-Judiciary, Elections, Geological Survey, Lumber and Salt.

Room K-Industrial Home for Boys, Industrial School for Girls, Institution for Deaf, State Public School, School for Blind, Religious and Benevolent Societies.

Room L- Railroads, Private Corporations, Labor, Horticulture, Rules and Joint Rules.

Room I - - Asylums for the Insane, Home for Feeble Minded, and University.

Room N- Village Corporations, Military Affairs, Liquor Traffic, Printing, Soldiers Home, Manufactures,

Room ()–City Corporations, Drainage, Public Health, Internal Improvements, Apportionment and Select Committee, and Municipal Legislation.

Your committee also recommend a clerk be assigned to each of the following groups of committees:

1- Ways and Means, General Taxation, and Fisheries and Game. 2--City Corporations, Drainage, Public Health, and Public Lands. 3-Judiciary and Elections. 4State Affairs, Education, and Agriculture. 5-Village Corporations, Liquor Traffic, Military Affairs, and Printing. 6--Railroads, Private Corporations, and Labor.

1-Insurance, Roads and Bridges, Towns and Counties, and Local Taxation. 8-Apportionment and Select Committee on Municipal Legislation.

And your committee recommend that the committee clerks for each group be selected by the chairman of the committees composing such group; and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.


Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged. The question being on the adoption of the report,

Mr.J. T. Campbell moved to amend the recorrimendation of the committee relative to the method of the selection of clerks for the committees, so that the selection shall be made by the members of the most important committee in each group.

Mr. Waldo moved to amend the amendment so as to allow the selection of clerks to be made by the total membership of each committee group;

Which motion did not prevail. The question being on the motion to amend the report so as to leave the selection of clerk to the most important committee in each group;

The motion did not prevail.
The report was then adopted.
By the Select Committee on Governor's Message:

The select committee to whom was referred the Governor's message, respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration and have directed me to report the same back to the House, and recommend that its several portions be referred as follows:

To the committee on Judiciary, that portion of the message relating to financial legislation; that portion referring to State prisons which relates to the pardoning power and the contracts of prison officers; also to the Dairy and Food Commission; also to salaries and official bonds; also to Supreme Court;

To the committee on Ways and Means, that portion relating to postage account, and to the State Pioneer Society;

To the committee on Railroads, that portion which relates to charters and taxation of railroads:

To the committee on Úniversity, that portion relating to the University of Michigan;

To the committee on School of Mines, the recommendations relating to

the same;

To the committee on Home for Feeble Minded, the recommendations for the care of epileptic patients now in the asylums for the insane, and other recommendations relating to the said home;

To the committee on Labor, such portions of the report on State prisons as relate to contract labor; also that portion relating to factory inspection; also to organizations of labor;

To the committee on State Affairs, that portion which relates to the expense incurred in the removal of certain State officers, and to labor strikes;

To the committee on Agriculture, that portion relating to Farmers' Institutes;

To the committee on Horticulture, that portion relating to the State Horticultural Society;

To the committee on Military Affairs, that portion relating to the Chickamauga Comnission, and to the Antietam Commission; also to the Michigan national Guard;

To the committee on Geological Survey, that portion relating to that subject;

To the committee on Elections, that portion relating to election laws and to county canvass;

To the committee on Private Corporations, that portion which relates to building and loan associations;

And to the special committee on report of the Municipal Corporation Commission, that portion of the message relating to the work of said commission;

And your committee would further recommend the appointment of a special committee of five members, to which shall be referred that portion of the message relating to State prisons, particularly referring to the cost of maintenance of said prisons and the appointment of wardens.

JOS. B. WARE, Chairman, Report accepted and committee discharged. The question being on the adoption of the report, The same was adopted.


The Speaker announced the following:

Lansing, January 9, 1895.

} To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

Sir-In pursuance of a concurrent resolution passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, I have this day appointed Ford S. Chapman as messenger at this office, with duties commencing January 2, 1895.


Governor. The message was laid on the table. The Speaker also announced the following:


Lansing, January 9, 1895. Hon. William D. Gordon, Speaker of the House of Representatives:

SIR-I herewith transmit bills providing for the incorporation of villages and cities of the fourth class, just received from the Municipal Commission, appointed under the provisions of act No. 169, of the public acts of 1893, which are submitted for the respectful consideration of the Legislature.

Very respectfully,


Governor. Accompanying the Governor's message is the following report: To the Governor:

The Municipal Commission is prepared to report progress in the performance of the duties devolving upon it. Soon after the Board had been organized, and before any actual work had been undertaken, Gen. Hartsuff, one of the members, resigned, and the vacancy was filled in June last. Several conferences were soon after held in order to consider the scope of the work devolving upon the Commission. After full consideration it was found necessary, in the judgment of the Commission, to divide the cities into four classes. This necessitated the preparing of four bills, besides the bill relating to villages. Steps were taken to gather such necessary information touching the wants of the cities of the several classes as was within reach of the Commission. One city of each of the several classes was visited by the Commission, and circular letters with formulated questions were prepared and sent to nearly every city in the State, as well as, to the most important villages. Much information was procured in this manner wbich has been of use to the Commission. One of the members of the Commission had make his arrangements to visit Europe in June, with the expectation of returning about the middle of September. During his absence several conferences were held by a majority of the Commission, for the purpose of arranging for their work and putting in shape for use such information as they were able to gather. During the last two months the Commission, or a majority of the same, have devoted nearly their entire time to the preparation of the necessary bills to carry out the object of the act under which the Commission was created. After mature consideration, it was thought advisable to classify the cities as follows: The first class to include all cities with a population above 150,000; second, those cities having a population exceeding 50,000, and less than 150,000; third, those cities having a population of 10,000, and not exceeding 50,000; fourth, cities having a population of less than 10,000.

The bill for the incorporation of villages is now prepared and printed, as well as the bill incorporating or reincorporating cities of the fourth class We present herewith copies of such bills, suggesting that the same be laid before the Legislature without delay, for consideration. The bill for the reincorporation of cities of the third class is now under consideration and partially completed. It is the expectation of the Commission that such bill will be ready to lay before the Legislature by the 15th inst. Bills governing cities of the first and second class will be prepared without delay.

No one unfamiliar with such work can realize the difficulties, as well as the labor, involved in the preparation of such bills. The difference in the municipal machinery of cities of the third and fourth class, and in the officials in such municipalities, as well as the difference in the power of taxation, salaries of officials and other matters, creates obstacles difficult to overcome, and which require the greatest study and care, yet we apprehend the object desired by the Legislature will be reached.

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