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IN SENATE, May 10, 1878.

The Committee appointed on the communication from the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, to whom was committed the Order from the House of Representatives “relative to precedents concerning · money bills,"

REPORT. That upon their appointment, with instructions to search for such precedents, and employ needful assistance therefor, they commenced by competent persons the examination of the journals of the Senate from the adoption of the Constitution, and the records of the General Court for a period of more than fifty years previous to the adoption of the Constitution. The Senate journals have been examined for a period of ten years, — from 1780 to 1790. The Committee are of the opinion that the investigation already had is a reasonable and sufficient compliance with the suggestions of the justices. Its results are in the hands of the Committee of the Senate. They consist of a list of bills and resolves, levying taxes and appropriating money, which originated in the Senate; of the opinions of the four Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, delivered in the Senate Feb. 22, 1781; and of extracts from the records of the General Court, previous to 1780, bearing more or less directly upon the questions involved. The Committee have extracted from the records and journals every thing which seemed to have a bearing upon the subject, and are of opinion that all which has been collected should be placed at the disposal of the justices.

They recommend, therefore, that the Senate adopt the House Order in a new draft herewith submitted.

JOHN B. D. COGSWELL.
A. B. COFFIN.
CHARLES L. GARDNER.

IN SENATE, May 10, 1878.

Ordered, That the opinions of the four Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, delivered in the Senate Feb. 22, 1781, and now in the archives of the Commonwealth, with the list of bills levying taxes, and bills and resolves appropriating money, which originated in the Senate between 1780 and 1790, together with the precedents extracted from the records of the General Court prior to 1780, — which lists and precedents have been collected under the direction of the Senate Committee, to which a communication of the Honorable Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court was referred, — be printed, and that copies thereof be transmitted to the justices.

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SENATE

No. 253.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

IN SENATE, May 10, 1878.

Ordered, That the opinions of the four Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, delivered in the Senate Feb. 22, 1781, and now in the archives of the Commonwealth, with the list of bills levying taxes, and bills and resolves appropriating money, which originated in the Senate between 1780 and 1790, together with the precedents extracted from the records of the General Court prior to 1780,- which lists and precedents have been collected under the direction of the Senate Committee, to which a communication of the Honorable Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court was referred, - be printed, and that copies thereof be transmitted to the justices.

IN SENATE, MAY 10, 1878. Adopted.

Sent down for concurrence.

S. N. GIFFORD, Clerk.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, May 10, 1878.

Concurred.

GEO. A. MARDEN, Clerk.

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