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and referred to the committee on labor and industry, retaining its place in the order of third reading.

Mr. Hill introduced a bill (Int. No. 1186) entitled “An act to amend chapter six hundred and sixty-eight of the Laws of nineteen hundred and seventeen, entitled 'An act to supplement the general laws applicable to the government of the city of Binghamton, and to revise and consolidate the local laws relative thereto,' in relation to the control and change of streams and water courses,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

Mr. Slater introduced a bill (Int. No. 1187) entitled “An act to amend the Village Law, in relation to the dedication of land for parkways,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Slater, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said bill ordered to a third reading.

Mr. Sage introduced a concurrent resolution (Int. No. 1188) entitled “Concurrent resolution of the Senate and Assembly proposing to amend sections two, four, five, eleven and twelve of article seven of the Constitution, in relation to debts contracted by the State,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Sage, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said concurrent resolution ordered to a third reading

Also, a bill (Int. No. 1189) entitled "An act to amend chapter eight hundred and ninety-eight of the Laws of nineteen hundred and eleven, entitled 'An act providing for the sale of the State arsenal lands and building in the city of New York and the application of the proceeds of such sale to a new State arsenal lands and building, new buildings, repairs to State armories and for other purposes relative to the same,' in relation to the sale of such lands and building and the disposition of the proceeds thereof,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Sage, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said bill ordered to a third reading and [SENATE JOURNAL]

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referred to the committee on finance, retaining its place in the order of third reading.

The Assembly sent for concurrence the bill (No. 1509, Rec. No. 299) entitled “ Concurrent resolution of the Senate and Assembly proposing an amendment to section seven of article one of the Constitution, in relation to the drainage of swamp or agricultural lands and the taking of property therefor," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Knight, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said bill ordered to a third reading.

Also, a bill (No. 1486, Rec. No. 300) entitled "An act to provide for taking the soldiers' vote at city local option elections in the

year nineteen hundred and eighteen,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read read the second time and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

The Assembly sent for concurrence a resolution, in the words following:

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That a respectful message be sent to the Governor, requesting the return to the Assembly of Assembly bill (No. 668, Rec. No. 146) entitled "An act to amend the Penal Law, in relation to the amount of allowance by the State for maintenance of tramps in penitentiaries,” for the purpose of amendment.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the Clerk return said resolution to the Assembly, with a message that the Senate has concurred in the passage of

the same.

The Assembly sent for concurrence a resolution, in the words following:

Whereas, The town and county laws are believed to be deficient, defective and unsuited to existing conditions in that the major features of them were enacted at least one hundred years ago, and that they no longer adequately provide a logical plan of organization and of the execution of the functions required of town and county governments; and,

Whereas, By numerous amendments, exceptions have been inserted therein until, at the present time, they are in many instances difficult of understanding and impossible of interpretation; therefore,

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That a joint committee of the Senate and Assembly be hereby created to consist of two members of the Senate and one private citizen, to be appointed by the President of the Senate, and three members of the Assembly and one private citizen to be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly to investigate and inquire into the subject of town and county government, and to analyze the present town and county laws for the purpose of ascertaining in what respect_they are deficient, defective and unsuitable for present day use.

Such committee shall report to the Legislature of nineteen hundred and nineteen such recommendations and suggestions respecting legislation as it shall deem appropriate and necessary.

Resolved, That such committee be hereby authorized to elect from its members a chairman and vice-chairman to sit anywhere within the State of New York and to exercise all the powers of a legislative committee, including the adoption of rules for the conduct of its proceedings. Such committee may employ counsel, , stenographers and such other assistants as may be necessary for the conduct of its investigation.

Resolved, That the actual and necessary expenses of the committee in carrying out the provisions of this resolution, not exceeding seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500), shall be paid from the funds appropriated for the contingent expenses of the Legislature, payable by the Comptroller on the certificate of the chairman of such committee approved by the Speaker of the Assembly or the President of the Senate.

Ordered, That said resolution be referred to the committee on finance.

The Assembly sent for concurrence a resolution, in the words following:

Whereas, The New York State camp in the town of Beekman, in the county of Dutchess, is conveniently located and accessible to the port of New York; and,

Whereas, The site of such camp on account of its location in the up-lands, in a region famed for its health giving character, is peculiarly suited for treatment of injured or canvalescent soldiers; and,

Whereas, Such camp is fully equipped for camp purposes, with a complete system of pure and wholesome water; and,

Whereas, Such camp is not now being used by the State for military or other purposes; and,

Whereas, The use of such camp has heretofore been tendered to the Federal government for military purposes by the AdjutantGeneral.

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the Legislature recomment that the tender of such camp by the Adjutant-General to the Federal government be renewed for the purposes of its use by the Federal government for a convalescent hospital, for temporary or permanent training of troops or for such other military purposes as to the Federal authorities may seem proper.

Ordered, That said resolution be referred to the committee

on war measures.

Mr. Walton offered the following:

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That a respectful message be sent to the Governor, requesting the return to the Senate of the Senate bill No. 341, Int. No. 323) entitled "An act to confirm a sale and deed to Silas Krom of a certain parcel of real estate in the town of Marbletown, Ulster county, and to release to him all the right, title and interest of the people of the State of New York in and to such parcel.”

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said resolution to the Assembly and request their concurrence therein.

The Assembly returned the above resolution, with a message that they have concurred in the passage of the same.

Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said resolution to the Governor.

Mr. Argetsinger, from the special committee on municipal ownership of public utilities, submitted a report, in the words following:

The special committee on municipal ownership of public utilities appointed by the Senate, meeting in executive session, decided by a majority vote that the following report should be submitted :

Owing to the great importance of the issues involved in the propositions submitted to the committee and the shortness of time between now and the prospective adjournment of the Senate, we suggest that the principle of municipal ownership of public utilities should be more fully considered by a special committee to be appointed by the Legislature, which committee should report to the Legislature in 1919, or in the event that the foregoing suggestion is not acceptable, that the whole matter be held in abeyance.

GEORGE F. ARGETSINGER, Chairman.
GEORGE CROMWELL.
ALBERT OTTINGER.
GEORGE A. SLATER,

Mr. G. F. Thompson, member of such special committee, dissenting from said report, presented the following statement:

I do not concur in the foregoing report because this Legislature has not yet passed on legislation abolishing the present inefficient system of so-called regulation of public utilities, and establishing a new, reorganized commission with a system designed to give the policy of regulation and supervision a fair trial.

And further because I believe the standing committee on municipal ownership should consider the subject more carefully on the facts before it, before attempting to delay the whole matter for a year and assume the expense of an exhaustive investigation.

I am willing to give the policy of regulation a fair opportunity to work through an efficiently organized commission, but even with that, there are many utilities which municipalities could properly and profitably take over and operate, if given the power to do so.

In case of insistence on the maintenance of the present ineffectual and expensive Public Service Commission, I believe the people of the communities should be immediately given the power to take over and operate their public serving utilities as their only protection against careless, expensive, tantalizing and inefficient - private operation of public enterprises.

GEORGE F. THOMPSON.

By unanimous consent, it was ordered that the consideration of said report and dissenting statement be temporarily deferred, and that meanwhile such report and statement lie upon the table.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the resolution introduced by Mr. Adler, relative to adjournment of the Legislature sine die at twelve o'clock noon, April 5th, 1918, reported the same amended to read as follows:

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the Legislature adjour sine die at twelve o'clock noon, April 13th, 1918.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution as amended, and it was determined in the affirmative, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE

Argetsinger Dowling
Boylan

Downing
Brown, A. P. Dunnigan
Brown E R Farrenkopf
Burlingame Foley

Hewitt
Hill
Koenig
Lawson
Lockwood

Nicoll
Ottinger
Ramsperger
Robinson
Sage

Thompson GL
Towner
Wagner
Walton
Wellington

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