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The Senate met pursuant to adjournment and was called to order by the President.

The roll of the Senate was called by the Secretary.
The following Senators were present:

Messrs. Barnaby, Bradley, Cartier, Collins, Conley, Foster, Fowle, l'reeman, James, Kingman, Kline, Lee, Leidlein, Mapes, Miller, Moriarty, Murtha, Newton, Putney, F. D. Scott, G. G. Scott, Snell, Taylor, Vanderwerp, Vaughan, Walter, Ward, Watkins, Weter, White and Wiggins --31.

The following Senator was absent with leave: Mr. Rosenkrans-1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SECRETARY.

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Pursuant to Rule 9 of the Senate Rules, I respectfully report that
Senate bill No. 444 (file No. 422);
Senate bill No. 445 (file No. 423);
Senate bill No. 366 (file No. 424);

Were received from the printer April 12, and are on file in the document room of the Senate;

Also:
Senate bill No. 447 (file No. 425);

Has this day been received from the printer and is on file in the document room of the Senate.

ELBERT V. CHILSON, Secretary of the Senate.

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The Secretary also announced that the following bills had been printed and that they were presented to the Governor for approval April 13:

House substitute for Senate bill No. 33 (file No. 21, enrolled No. 31);
Senate bill No. 20 (file No. 16, enrolled No. 32);
Senate bill No. 61 (file No. 50, enrolled No. 33);
Senate bill No. 99 (file No. 88, enrolled No. 34);
Senate bill No. 56 (file No. 43, enrolled No. 35).

PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS.

Petition No. 613. By Mr. Lee: Resolutions of the Detroit Lawyers' Club, endorsing the action of the Michigan State Bar Association relative to the revision and consolidation of the laws relating to domestic relations, corporations, highways and real property.

Mr. Lee moved that the resolutions be spread at length in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
The following are the resolutions.

Whereas, The Michigan State Bar Association has unanimously recommended the passage of a bill for the consolidation and revision of the laws relating to domestic relations, corporations, highways and real property, and has presented to the Legislature a bill to that end, which measure aims to continue a work already started in this State and pursued so far with most beneficial results to the whole people, as the excellence of the negotiable instruments law and the law for the government of cities of the fourth class proves, and which work should in our judgment be continued to the end that our statutory law may be made plain, clear and concise; Now therefore be

Resolved, by the Detroit Lawyers' Club, That we hereby endorse the action of the Michigan State Bar Association and the said measure and urge its passage by the present Legislature; and that the secretary be directed to transmit to the Senate and House of Representatives, copies of this resolution.

The resolutions were referred to the Commisttee on Judiciary.

Petition No. 614. By Mr. Snell: Petition of Frank W. Beats and 39 other citizens of Plymouth, Wayne county, in favor of the passage of House bill No. 383, relative to the regulation of the liquor traffic.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Liquor Traffic.

Petition No. 615. By Mr. Foster: Petition of E. V. Esmond and 57 other citizens of Iosco county, urging the re-apportionment of the representation on the board of supervisors of Iosco county according to the valuation and population of the several townships and cities.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Counties and Townships.

Petition No. 616. By Mr. Foster: Petition of R. E. Prescott and 9 other citizens of Alcova county, urging a larger appropriation for the work of the Michigan Fish Commission.

The Petition was referred to the Committee on Fisheries.

Petition No. 617. By Mr. Foster: Petition of A. Withey and thirtynine other citizens of Reed City, on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 618. By Mr. Taylor: Petition of F. W. Clement and 86 other citizens of Burr Oak, St. Joseph county, on the same subject.

Same reference.

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Petition No. 619. By Mr. Watkins: Petition of F. J. Harrington and 52 other citizens of Parma, on the same subject.

Same reference.

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By unanimous consent the Senate took up the order of

TILIRD READING OF BILLS.

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Sena'te bill No. 144 (file No. 201), entitled

A bill making appropriations for the State Board of Fish Commissioners for current expenses and for building and special purposes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1912, and June 30, 1913, and to provide a tax to meet the same;

Was read a third time and passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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The title of the bill was agreed to.
Mr. Collins moved that the bill be ordered to take immediate effect.
The motion prevailed, two-thirds of the Senators-elect voting therefor.

Senate bill No. 400 ( file No. 376), entitled

A bill to adopt and prescribe the design of a State coat-of-arms and State flag, and their use, and to prohibit the use of the same for advertising purposes, and to provide a punishment for such forbidden use;

Was read a third time, and pending the taking of the vote on the
passage thereof,

Mr. Walter moved that the bill be laid on the table.
The motion prevailed.

Senate bill No. 344 (file No. 313), entitled

A bill to amend section 1 of Act No. 59 of the Public Acts of 1909, entitled "An act to prohibit the taking, catching or killing of certain species of bass during certain months of the year; to provide a penalty therefor, and to repeal all acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith," ap proved May 5, 1909 ;

Was read a third time and, pending the taking of the vote on the passage thereof,

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Mr. Watkins moved that the bill be laid on the table.
The motion prevailed.

By unanimous consent the Senate returned to the order of

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. Mapes moved to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of

Senate bill No. 38 (file No. 26), entitled

A bill to establish the State civil service commission; to regulate the civil service of the State of Michigan; and making an appropriation therefor.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor.

Mr. Mapes moved that the above entitled bill be made a special order for today, to follow the special order fixed yesterday by the committee of the whole, the same being the consideration of House bill No. 39 (file No. 5).

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Moriarty moved to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of

House substitute for House bills Nos. 42 and 48 (file No. 70), entitled

A bill to amend section 9 of Act No. 198 of the Laws of 1873, entitled "An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of the railroad, bridge and tunnel companies and to regulate the running and management and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroad, bridge, tunnel and other corporations owning or operating any railroad, bridge or tunnel within this State," as amended, said section being compiler's section 6234 of the Compiled Laws of 1897.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor.

Mr. Moriarty moved that the above entitled bill be made a special order for Tuesday, April 18, at 2:30 o'clock p. m.

The motion prevailed.

SPECIAL ORDER.

Mr. Mapes moved that the Senate resolve itself into the committee of the whole on the special order.

The motion prevailed.
The President called Mr. Walter to the chair.

After some time spent therein, the committee rose and through its chairman made the following report:

The committee of the whole has had under consideration the following:

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House bill No. 39 (file No. 5), entitled

A bill to provide for the formulating and establishing a uniform system of accounting in the several departments of the State government, including State institutions, and in every county office in each county in the State; providing for examinations into the financial affairs of such departments, institutions and county offices, and for the appointment of a public examiner, prescribing his powers and duties, and repealing all acts or parts of acts contravening any of the provisions of this act;

And has directed its chairman to report the same back to the Senate, with the recommendation that the bill be referred to the committee on Judiciary.

The committee of the whole has also had under consideration the following:

Senate bill No. 38 (file No. 26), entitled

A bill to establish the State civil service commission; to regulate the civil service of the State of Michigan; and making an appropriation therefor;

Has amended the same as follows:

By striking out section 12 and inserting a new section to stand as section 12 and to read as follows:

"Sec. 12. The clerkships, offices, positions and employments in the classified service of the State shall be divided by the civil service commission into several grades as may be necessary, the division to be based upon the character of the work required to be done in the several clerkships, offices and employments. The grades so: established shall be uniform throughout the classified service.”

Has directed its chairman to report the same back to the Senate, with the recommendation that all after the enacting clause of the bill be stricken out,

ROBERT E. WALTER,

Chairman.
The report was accepted.

The question being on concurring in the recommendation of the com-
mittee relative to the first named bill in the report.

The Senate concurred and the bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

The question being on concurring in the recommendation of the committee regarding the second named bill in the report,

Mr. Mapes demanded the yeas and pays.

The Senate then concurred in the recommendation of the committee that all after the enacting clause of the bill be stricken out, a majority of the Senators present voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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