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EXECUTIVE SESSION.

The motion prevailed, the time being 12:10 o'clock p. m.
The executive session closed, the time being 12:15 o'clock p. m.

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The Secretary announced that the nominations of

Calvin A. Palmer of Manistee, county of Manistee, as Commissioner of Insurance, for the term beginning July 1, 1911, and ending June 30, 1913; and

Thomas May of Detroit, county of Wayne, as a member of the Board of Jury Commissioners of Wayne county, for the term ending April 30, 1917;

Sent to the Senate by the Governor, had been confirmed by the Senate in executive session.

Mr. Kline moved that when the Senate adjourns today, it stand adjourned until tomorrow at 8 o'clock a. m.

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Cartier moved that the Senate take a recess until 2 o'clock p. m. The motion prevailed, the time being 12:20 o'clock p. m.

AFTER RECESS.

2 o'clock p. m.

The Senate was called to order by the President.
A quorum of the Senate was present.

The Senate took up the order of

REPORTS OF SELECT COMMITTEES.

The Committee of Conference appointed on the part of the Senate, to consider the matters of difference existing between the two Houses relative to

House bill No. 213 (file No. 184), entitled

A bill making an appropriation for the State board of library commissioners, for the special purposes of defraying the expenses of organization of existing and new libraries, and for the expense of library institutes and training schools, and for the general expenses of the board for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1912 and June 30, 1913, and to provide a tax to meet the same;

Makes the following recommendations:

1. That section 1 of the bill as passed by the House be amended as follows:

By striking out of line 3 of section 1 the words "thirty-five hundred” and inserting in lieu thereof the words "four thousand.”

(b) By striking out of line 6 of section 1 the words "fifteen hundred” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “two thousand."

That section 3 of the bill as passed by the House be amended as follows:

(a) By striking out of line 3 of section 3 the words "thirty-five hundred" and inserting in lieu thereof the words "four thousand.”

(b) By striking out of line 4 of section 3 the words "thirty-five hundred” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “four thousand."

GUY A. MILLER,

Chairman Senate Committee of Conference. The report was accepted and adopted.

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The question being on the re-passage of the bill, as recommended by the Committee of Conference,

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

The Committee of Conference appointed on the part of the Senate to consider the matters of difference existing between the two Houses relative to

Senate bill No. 184 (file No. 172), entitled

A bill to authorize and direct the Board of State Tax Commissioners to investigate, examine into, inventory and appraise all mining properties and mineral rights in the State of Michigan and to define their powers and duties in relation thereto, and to report the result of their investigation, examination, inventory and appraisal to the State Board of Equalization on or before the third Monday of August in the year

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1911, and to make an appropriation therefor, and to provide a penalty for the violation of this act;"

Reports that it has met with the Committee of Conference upon said matter appointed by the House; that the said committees have reached an agreement on the matters of difference between the two Houses; and that a detailed report as to said agreement will be made to the House by the House Committee of Conference, which report, when acted upon by the House, will be transmitted to the Senate.

Respectfully submitted,

CHAS. E. WHITE, Chairman Senate Committee of Conference. The report was accepted.

Unanimous consent being obtained,
Mr. White moved to take from the table
Senate bill No. 295 (file No. 273), entitled

A bill to create and establish a State law library and provide for its management, control and maintenance.

The motion prevailed.
The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was then passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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Unanimous consent being obtained,
Mr. Miller moved to take from the table
Senate bill No. 442 (file No. 420), entitled

A bill to amend section 22 of chapter 7 of Act No. 326 of the Local Acts of 1883, entitled "An act to provide a charter for the city of Detroit and to repeal all acts and parts of acts in conflict therewith,” approved June 7, 1883, as last amended by Act No. 462 of the Local Acts of 1899, approved June 23, 1899; relative to compensation of the members of the board of aldermen of said city of Detroit.

The motion prevailed.
The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was then passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting there. for, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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Mr. Miller sent to the Secretary's desk and had read the following communication :

Detroit, Michigan, April 13, 1911. Senator Guy A. Miller, Lansing, Michigan:

Dear Senator :-In regard to the bill introduced by you for an increase of salaries of the Detroit Aldermen, we desire to state that inasmuch as the bill carries a referendum with it, and cannot become operative until passed upon by the people, we would respectfully ask that you, together with the other members of the Wayne delegation, favor the passage of the same.

Yours truly,

CHAS. W. BURTON,
MAURICE J. KEATING,
Louis BROZE,
GEO. H. ELLIS,
JOSEPH F. MERRITT,

FRANK J. Mason. The President directed that the communication be spread at large on the Journal.

Unanimous consent being obtained,

Mr. James moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from further consideration of

Senate bill No. 375 (file No. 350), entitled

A bill to amend section 2 of Act No. 178 of the Public Acts of 1901, entitled “An act to secure greater safety and comfort for persons traveling on suburban and certain street railways," approved May 28, 1901; relative to application of the provisions of the said act.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the Senatorselect voting therefor.

Mr. James moved that the bill be placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The motion prevailed.

The President laid before the Senate the following communication and directed that it be spread at large upon the Journal:

Michigan Railroad Commission,

Lansing, April 14, 1911. To the Honorable President and Members of the Senate:

Gentlemen-In view of the recent published statements relative to the relation of the Railroad Commission and Senator James to the James bill, we are pleased to present to the Senate that approves the appointments of the several members of the Commission and who must also approve all legislation governing their action, the following statement, voluntarily made by the Railroad Committee of the Senate:

"The James bill, relative to putting interurban railroads under the supervision of the State Railroad Commission, came up before the Senate Committee on Railroads on Tuesday, April 11th, 1911, Mr. Glasgow, Chairman of the Commission, being present, at the request of the Committee, which at the same time hal under consideration several other bills.

Mr. Glasgow stated to the committee that, while he considered that the bill had certain merit, he wished to state that it was in no sense a Commission bill, and that it required careful consideration, and doubt. less, amendments, before it should be enacted into a law. The bill was thereupon discussed by the committee and it was unanimously decided on the same day that the committee would not recommend the passage of the bill. Senator James did not appear before the committee in behalf of the bill.

(Signed) Walter R. Taylor,

Chairman, Senate Committee on Railroads." We wish to state further, that the report now in circulation, that the Governor has demanded, or even asked for an explanation from the Commission, or has in any manner censured the Commission or any member thereof, is entirely false, and without any foundation whatever. He has requested that the Commission issue a public statement of the facts in the case, in order that the general public, whom the Commission serve, may understand that the Commission were in no wise interested in the passage of this particular bill, which same will be issued today.

Respectfully submitted,
Michigan Railroad Commission,

By C. L. Glasgow,

Chairman.

By unanimous consent the Senate returned to the order of

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