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So, two-thirds of all the Senators-elect having voted therefor,
The joint resolution was passed.
The Senate agreed to the title of the joint resolution.

The following is the joint resolution as it passed the Senate:

Senate joint resolution No. 2 (file No. 31), entitled

A JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to Article VIII of the State Constitution, by adding thereto a new section to stand as section 31, with reference to the creation of metropolitan districts.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the following amendment to Article VIII of the Constitution of this State, to be known as section 31, is hereby proposed and agreed to, that is to say, that a new section be added to Article VIII of the Constitution to stand as section 31 and to read as follows:

Sec. 31. The Legislature shall by general law provide for the incorporation by any two or more cities, villages or townships, or any combination or parts of same, of metropolitan districts comprising territory within their limits for the purpose of acquiring, owning and operating either within or without their limits as may be prescribed by law, public utilities for supplying sewage disposal, drainage, water, light, power or transportation, or any combination thereof, and any such district may sell or purchase, either within or without its limits as may be prescribed by law, sewage disposal or drainage rights, water, light, power or transportation facilities. Any such districts shall have power to acquire and succeed to any or all of the rights, obligations and property of such cities, villages and townships respecting or connected with such functions or public utilities: Provided, That no city, village or township shall surrender any such rights, obligations or property without the approval thereof by a majority vote of the electors thereof voting on such question. Such general laws shall limit the rate of taxation of such districts for their municipal purposes and restrict their powers of borrowing money and contracting debts. Under such general law, the electors of each district shall have power and authority to frame, adopt and amend its charter upon the approval thereof by a majority vote of the electors of each city, village and township voting on such question, and, through its regularly constituted authority, to pass all laws and ordinances relating to its municipal concerns, subject to the Constitution and general laws of this State.

Resolved further, that the foregoing proposed amendment be submitted to the people of this State at the election to be held in the month of April in the year 1925. The Secretary of State is hereby required to certify said proposed amendment to the clerks of the various counties of the State in the manner required by law. It shall be the duty of the board of election commissioners of each county to prepare ballots for the use of the electors when voting on said proposed amendment, which ballots, after setting forth the proposed amendment in full, shall be in substantially the following form:

"Vote on amendment to Article VIII of the State Constitution.

Shall Article VIII of the State Constitution be amended by adding thereto a new section to stand as section 31 for the purpose of creating metropolitan districts?

Yes ( ) No ( )."

The following entitled bill was read a third time:
Senate bill No. 78 (file No. 40), entitled

A bill to amend section 1 of Act No. 104 of the Public Acts of 1923, entitled "An act to provide for, and to authorize the filing of notices of federal tax liens by the United States of America in the office of the register of deeds in the various counties of this State, pursuant to section 3186 of the Revised Statutes of the United States," approved May 2, 1923.

The question being on the passage of the bill, the roll was called and the Senators voted as follows:

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So, a majority of all the Senators-elect having voted therefor.
The bill was passed.
The Senate agreed to the title of the bill.

Motions and Resolutions.

Mr. Herald moved that the further consideration of the following entitled bill be made a special order for Tuesday, March 3, 1925, in Committee of the Whole.

Senate bill No. 25 (file No. 26), entitled

A bill to amend section 1 of chapter 28, and section 1 of chapter 76 of Act No. 314 of the Public Acts of 1915, entitled "An act to revise and consolidate the statutes relating to the organization and jurisdiction of the courts of this State; the powers and duties of such courts, and of the judges and other officers thereof; the forms of civil actions; the time within which civil actions and proceedings may be brought in said courts; pleading, evidence, practice and procedure in civil actions and proceedings in said courts; to provide remedies and penalties for the violation of certain provisions of this act; and to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with, or contravening any of the provisions of this act," being sections 13122 and 14361 of the Compiled Laws of 1915.

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Quinlan moved that leave of absence be granted from tomorrow's session to Senators Condon, Quinlan and Young.

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Howarth moved that the Senate adjourn. .
The motion prevailed.

Accordingly, the President declared the Senate adjourned until Wednesday, February 18, 1925, at 2:00 o'clock p. m.

DENNIS E. ALWARD,

Secretary of the Senate.

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

NUMBER TWENTY-THREE.
Senate Chamber, Lansing, Wednesday, February 18, 1925.

2:00 o'clock p. m. The Senate met pursuant to adjournment and was called to order by the President.

Reverend G. W. Krause of the Evangelical Lutheran church of Lansing offered prayer.

The roll of the Senate was called by the Secretary. Present: Senators Bahorski, Baxter, Bohn, Brower, Butler, Bernie L. Case, William L. Case, Cummings, Gansser, Gettel, Greene, Herald, Herrick, Hinkley, Horton, Howarth, Hunter, Karcher, Leland, Martin, Penney, Truettner, Whiteley, Wilcox, Wood, Woodruff—26; a quorum.

Absent with leave: Senators Condon, Quinlan and Young-3.
Absent without leave: Senators Atwood and Pearson—2.

Mr. Brower moved that Senators Atwood and Pearson be granted indefinite leave of absence.

The motion prevailed.

Presentation of Petitions,

Petition No. 100. By Mr. Truettner. Petition of the Woman's Welfare Club of Marquette urging legislation to prohibit the startling of brush and slashing fires.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Conservation.

Petition No. 101. By Mr. Truettner. Petition of Woman's Civic Club urging legislation to prohibit the starting of brush and slashing fires.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Conservation.

Petition No. 102: By Mr. Whiteley. Petition from Walter Schimming and one hundred and seventy-seven other citizens of Battle Creek, Michigan, opposing party enrollment.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Elections."

Petition No. 103. By Mr. Bohn. Petition of W. Finnigan and twenty other citizens of Escanaba, Michigan, opposing Senate Bill No. 4, or any bill that proposes party enrollment.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Elections.

partye emetilimentas referred to the

Petition No. 104. By Mr. Baxter. Petition from Leroy Cook and fifty other citizens of Grand Rapids opposing political party enrollment.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Elections.

Petition No. 105. By Mr. Baxter. Petition of J. R. Antwerp and forty-five other citizens of Grand Rapids opposing political party enrollment.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Elections.

Petition No. 106. By Mr. Bohn. Petition of Fred J. Mingay and twenty-three other citizens of Gladstone opposing political party enrollment.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Elections.

Petition No. 107. By Mr. Penney. Petition of Mrs. James MacPherson and fifteen other residents of Saginaw favoring Child Labor Amendment.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Labor.

Bills Printed and Filed.

The Secretary announced the printing of the following entitled bills and joint resolutions and that the said printed bills and joint resolutions were placed on file in the Document Room of the Senate February 14, 1925. House bill No. 161 (file No. 33), entitled

A bill to provide for the establishment, location, conduct and maintenance of a normal school in the northern part of the Southern Peninsula, and to make an appropriation for the same.

House bill No. 110 (file No. 34), entitled

A bill to provide for the organization, operation and supervision of credit unions.

House joint resolution No. 3 (file No. 35), entitled

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 14 of Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Michigan, relative to establishing libraries in each township and city in the State and providing that all fines assessed and collected in the several counties, cities and townships for any breach of the penal law shall be applied to the support of such libraries. House joint resolution No. 1 (file No. 36), entitled

A joint resolution to submit to the qualified electors of this State at the general election in November, 1926, the question of a general revision of the Constitution and of calling a convention therefor, as provided by section 4 of Article XVII of the Constitution.

House joint resolution No. 2 (file No. 37), entitled

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 5 of article 8, of the State Constitution, relative to the term of office of county sheriffs.

Messages from the House.

A message was received from the House of Representatives transmitting
House bill No. 95 (file No. 21), entitled

A bill to establish and provide a justices' court in the city of Detroit; to provide for the organization thereof and to fix the compensation of the justices, constables, clerks and other officers thereof, and the jurors thereof; to define the jurisdiction, powers and duties of such court and of the justices and other officers thereof; to provide for the pleading, practice and procedure in actions and proceedings in said court and on appeal therefrom, and to repeal Act No. 475 of the Local Acts of 1903 and all acts and parts of acts conflicting with or contravening the provisions of this act, upon approval by the electors of the city of Detroit.

The message informed the Senate that the House of Representatives had passed the bill, in which action the concurrence of the Senate was requested.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

A message was received from the House of Representatives transmitting
House bill No. 11 (file No. 31), entitled

A bill to amend section 2 of Chapter 58 of Act 314 of the Public Acts of 1915, entitled, "An act to revise and consolidate the statutes relating to the organization and jurisdiction of the courts of this state; the powers and duties of such courts, and of the judges and other officers thereof; the forms of civil actions; the time within which civil actions and proceedings may be brought in said courts; pleading, evidence, practice and procedure in civil actions and proceedings in said courts; to provide remedies and penalties for the violation of certain provisions of this act; and to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with, or contravening any of the provisions of this act," being section 13951 of the Compiled Laws of 1915.

The message informed the Senate that the House of Representatives had passed the bill, in which action the concurrence of the Senate was requested.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

A message was received from the House of Representatives transmitting
House bill No. 108 (file No. 27), entitled

A bill to amend section 20 of chapter 50 of Act No. 314 of the Public Acts of 1915, entitled "An act to revise and consolidate the statutes relating to the organization and jurisdiction of the courts of this State; the powers and duties of such courts and of the judges and other officers thereof; the forms of civil actions; the time within which civil actions and proceedings may be brought in said courts; pleading, evidence, practice and procedure in civil actions and proceedings in said courts; to provide remedies and penalties for the violation of certain provisions of this act; and to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with 'or contravening any of the provisions of this act," being section 13,755 of the Compiled Laws of 1915.

The message informed the Senate that the House of Representatives had passed the bill, in which action the concurrence of the Senate was requested.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Reports of Standing Committees.

Mr. Brower submitted the following report:

The Committee on Finance and Appropriations respectfully reports back to the Senate the following entitled bill with amendments, recommending that the amendments be agreed to and that the bill, as thus amended, do pass:

Senate bill No. 59, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the Department of State for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1926, and June 30, 1927, for maintenance and operation.

The following are the amendments recommended by the committee:

(1) Section 1, line 11, strike out the word "seven” and insert in lieu thereof the word "eight"

(2) Section 1, line 13, strike out the word "twelve" and insert in lieu thereof the word "thirteen".

(3) Section 1, line 23, strike out the figures "$53,000.00-$3,000.00" and insert in lieu thereof the figures "$54,000.00-$4,000.00".

(4) Section 1, line 25, strike out the figures "$257,200.00–$212,200.00” and insert in lieu thereof the figures "$258,200.00–$213,200.00".

BURNEY E. BROWER,

Chairman. The report was accepted.

The amendments recommended by the committee were agreed to and the bill, as thus amended, was ordered printed and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

Mr. Brower submitted the following report:

The Committee on Finance and Appropriations respectfully reports back to the Senate the following entitled bill with amendments, recommending that the amendments be agreed to and that the bill, as thus amended, do pass:

Senate bill No. 60, entitled

A bill to make appropriations for the Board of State Auditors for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1926, and June 30, 1927, for maintenance and operation.

The following are the amendments recommended by the committee:

(1) Section 1, lines 10 and 11, strike out the words "twenty-one thousand twenty-one dollars" and insert in lieu thereof the words "fourteen thousand six hundred twenty dollars".

(2) Section 1, line 13, strike out the words "twenty thousand twenty-one dollars" and insert in lieu thereof the words "thirteen thousand six hundred twenty dollars".

(3) Section 1, line 19, strike out the figures "$16,950.00—$16,950.00" and insert in lieu thereof the figures "$11,500.00-$11,500,00".

(4) Section 1, line 21, strike out the figures "$2,821.00–$2,671.00" and insert in lieu thereof the figures "$2,400.00—$1,720.00".

(5) Section 1, line 22, strike out the figures "$1,250.00"—in the first column and insert in lieu thereof the figures "$720.00".

(6) Section 1, line 23, strike out the figures "$21,021.00-$20,021.00" and insert in lieu thereof the figures "$14,620.00-$13,620.00".

BURNEY E. BROWER,

Chairman.

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