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PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS. By Mr. Look: petition of Thomas E. Phillips, James P. Wheeler, and others, with accompanying proofs, asking for tho passage of a join' resolution to release to James P. Wheeler the interest which the State of Michigan bas in certain real estate;

Referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By Mr. Mickley: petition of Rufus Baker and 40 others, of the township of Fairfield, Leuawee county, asking the Legislature to pass an act to legalize certain bonds issued by the township board of said township;

Referred to the committee on war bouuties.

By Mr. Keony: petition signed by Benjamin Harris and 22 others, tax-payers of the township of Marathon, county of Lapeer, asking a law legalizing certain war bounties;

Referred to the committee on war bounties.

By Mr. Packard: memorial of the board of supervisors of Allegan county, asking the Legislature to amend act 210, of the session laws of 1863, relative to the taxation of doge;

Referred to the committee on agriculture and manufactures.

By Mr. Sanderson: petition of Harvey Randall and 92 others, legal voters of the county of Calhoun, asking that a law be passed providing for a uniform State bounty of two hundred dollars, and against authorizing the payment of local or township bounties;

Referred to the committee on war bounties.

By Mr Jenness: petition signed by 271 citizens of Lapeer county, asking for an appropriation of State swamp land to aid in removing obstructions in Bell river, in the township of Imlay, in said county;

Referred to the committee on harbors.

By Mr. Hazen: petitition of J. W. Beach and 42 others, taxpayers of the township of Riley, St. Clair county, praying for the passage of an act legalizing the evidences of debt issued by the township board of said township, to pay war bounties;

Referred to the committee on war bounties.
By Mr. Green: petition of G.T. Rand and 85 others, citizens

of the township of Carmel, Eaton county, asking for the passage of a law enabling towns to raise by tax and refund bounty subscriptions, and that the law be so amended that towns may raise by tax whatever they may desire;

Referred to the committee on war bounties.

By Mr. Nixor: petition of E.T. Church, E. Hayden, and 55 others, citizens of the township of Eaton, Eaton county, asking for the passage of a law enabling towns to raise by tax, and refund bounty subscriptions, and that the law be so amended that towns may raisc by tax whatever bounties they may desire;

Referred to the committee on war bounties.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

By the committee on ways and means:

The committee on ways and means herewith report the fol. lowing bill, entitled,

A bill to provide for the payment of the officers and members of the Legislature, for the year 1865,

And recommend its passage, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

A. L. GREEN, Chairman Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title, ordered printed, rcferred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on federal relations:
The committee on federal relations, to whom was referred

A joint resolution asking the general government for a grant of land to aid in the construction of the Mineral Range Railroad,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under congideration, and have directed me to report the same back to thu II whom arealment, and recommend that it do pas", and ask .. be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

W. H. BROCKWAY, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The joint resolution was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on military affairs:

The committee on military affairs, to whom was referred Senate joint resolution No 2, entitled

A joint resolution instructing our Senators, and requesting our Representatives in Congress to urge upon the general government the necessity of establishing a general naval recruiting and muster-in office for the State of Michigan,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that it do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

J. J. WOODMAN, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The joint resolution was referred to the committee of the wbole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on roads and bridges:
The committee on roads and bridges, to whom was referred

A bill to amend section five hundred and seventy-nine of the compiled laws, being section cighty-seven, of chapter twelve, requiring overscers of highways to give bonds in double the amcunt of money that may come into their hands,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that it do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

0. II. FELLOWS, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

By the committee on ways and means:

The committee on ways and means, to whom was referred a resolution relative to the compensation of the officers of this House, respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have prepared a bill to provide for the pay, ment of the oflicers and members of the Legislature for the year eighteen hundred and sixty-five, which cmbodies the recommendation of the committee on the subject referred them by the resolution.

A. L. GREEN, Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

DESSAGE FROM THE SENATE.

The Speaker announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, January 1, 1865. To the Speaker of the House of Representalives:

SIR-I am instructed by the Senate to transmit to the House the following entitled bill:

Senate bill No. 3, entitled

A bill to amend section 21, of chapter 63, being section 1819 of the compiled laws,

Which has passed the Senate by a majority vote of all the Senators clect, and by a vote of two-thirds of all the Senators elect, been ordered to take immediate effect, and in which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked.

Very respectfully,

THOS. II. GLENN,

Secrelary of the Senate. The bill was read a first and second time by its title, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

MOTIONS, RESOLUTIONS AND NOTICES. Mr. Seymour gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill to legalize certain abstracts of title in Kent county, and to make the same prima facie evidence of the matters therein stated.

Mr. Morton gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill to amend act No. 250, of the session laws of 1861, in relation to the Reform School.

Mr. Swift gave notice that ou some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill asking an appropriation for the purpose of purchasing one hundred acres of land for the use of the Reform School.

Mr. Pitts gave notice that on some future diy he would ask leave to introduce

A bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the township of Frenchtown, Monroe county.

Mr. Graham gave notice ihat on some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill to legalize the action of the board of supervisors of Berrien county, in the issuing of certain bonds as a bounty to volunteers.

Mr. McKay gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill to refund by tax on the property of the township of Marshall, Calhoun county, certain moneys raised by subscription, to pay bounties to volunteers, under the five hundred thousand (500,000) call.

Mr. M. D. Howard gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill for an appropriation of swamp lauds, to aid in the construction of bridges, and a road-way over the Big and Little Pigeon, in the county of Ottawa, on the line of the Allegan and Traverse Bay State road.

Mr. Maxwell gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce

A bill to improve the navigation of the Saginaw river, and to authorize Bay county to loaa money in aid thereof.

Mr. Maxwell offered the following:

Resolved, that the committee on military affairs be and they are hereby instructed to prepare and report to this House a bill providing for the payment of a uniform State bounty of three hundred dollars to each volunteer mustered into the service of

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