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Petition No. 563. By Mr. James: Petition of A. F. Anderson and 19 other lumbermen of the Upper Peninsula, suggesting certain amendments to the highway laws.

Mr. James moved that the petition be spread at length on the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
The following is the petition :

We, the undersigned lumbermen, sequest your honorable body to pass an act, amending section 8 of chapter 9 of Act No. 283 of the Public Acts of 1909, as per enclosed copy.

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there are several counties that are very sparsely settled, and in which lumbering is the principal industry.

Under the present law the Ilighway Commissioner is not authorized to lay out anything but sleigh or wagon roads.

Much of the logging at present is done with logging railroads, the use of which is constantly increasing. The lands cannot be used for agricultural purposes until the timber is removed, and in order to remove the timber, logging railroads are a necessity under present economical conditions.

This amendment would authorize the commissioner and township board to permit the building of temporary logging railroads for a limited time.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Railroads.

Petition No. 561. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Ishpeming Miners' Union No. 222, W. F. 11., in favor of the passage of the bill prohibiting the use of deception in the procuring of employes to work at any employment.

The resolutions were referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Petition No. 565. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Iron Mountain Miners' Union No. 177, W. F. M., on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 566. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Palatka Miners' Union No. 209, W. F. M., on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No 567. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Ironwood Miners' Union No. 153, W. F. M., on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 568. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Negaunee Miners' Union No. 128, W. F. M., on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 569. By Mr James :

Resolutions of Hancock Copper Miners' Unon No. 200, W. F. M., on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 570. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Mass City Miners' Union No. 215, W. F. M., on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 571. By Mr. James: Resolutions of Crystal Falls Miners' Union No. 195, W. F. M., on the same subject,

Same reference.

Petition No. 572. By Mr. Kingman: Petition of F. Wickham and 148 other citizens of Battle Creek, in favor of the passage of the Kingman bill relative to the settlement of industrial disputes.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Petition No. 573. By Mr. Kingman: Petition of M. F. Hitchcock and 112 other citizens of Battle Creek, on the same subject.

Same reference.

Petition No. 574. By Mr. Newton: Petition of William L. Walz and 35 other citizens of Ann Arbor, in favor of the passage of the LeidleinParks good roads bill.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Roads and Bridges.

Petition No. 575. By Mr. Watkins: Petition of Irving E. Tenney and 62 other citizens of Jackson county, in favor of the passage of the bill providing for the appointment of a State veterinarian.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Petition No. 576. By Mr. Watkins: Petition of Sherman L. Depew and 52 other citizens of Jackson county, in favor of the initiative and referendum.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

By the Committee on Military Affairs: The Committee on Military Affairs reports House substitute for House bills Nos. 65 and 311, files Nos. 2 and 136 (file No. 158), entitled

A bill to amend sections 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 27, 30, 31, 32, 37, 44, 45, 51, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74 and 75 of Act No. 84 of the Public Acts of 1909, entitled "An act to increase the efficiency of the military establishment of the State of Michigan, to make an appropriation therefor, and to repeal all former acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act," and to add a new section to said act to stand as section No. 85;

With the following amendments thereto:

1. By striking out of line 6 of section 12 the words "for misconduct or inefficiency and inserting in lieu thereof the words and placed on the retired list."

2. By striking out of lines 2 and 3 of section 18 the words “who shall be chief of staff.”

3. By inserting in line 6 of section 18 after the word "four” the word "detailed."

4. By inserting in line 7 of section 18 after the word "qualified" the words "One of the officers of the board shall be designated as chief of staff and if his rank is lower than Brigadier General he shall have that rank while so detailed but shall return to his former rank or status when relieved."

5. By striking out of line 9 of section 37 the word "five" and inserting in lieu thereof the word “three."

6. By inserting in line 5 of section 70 after the word "field" the words "battalion staff.”

7. By striking out of line 12 of section 71 the words "a sum not to exceed.”

8. By inserting in line 22 of section 72 after the second word "the" the words “organized militia."

Recommend that the amendments be concurred in, and that when so amended the bill pass.

CHAS. E. CARTIER,

Chairman. The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

Mr. Cartier moved that the Senate concur in the amendments made to the bill by the committee.

The motion prevailed.

The bill was then referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general orders.

By the Committee on Military Affairs:
The Committee on Military Affairs reports
House bill No. 161 (file No. 75), entitled

A bill to provide for the publication of a memorial volume containing
the history of the statue erected to Major-General George A. Custer in
the city of Monroe and a record of the proceedings and speeches de-
livered at the unveiling of said statue, and to make provision to defray
the expense thereof;
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

Chas. E. CARTIER,

Chairman. The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations under the rules.

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By the Committee on State Affairs:
The Committee on State Affairs reports
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 he use of the same for adver-
tising purposes, and to provide a punishment for such forbidden use;
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

F. B. KLINE,

Chairman. The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general orders.

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By the Committee on State Affairs :
The Committee on State Affairs reports
House bill No. 332 (file No. 163), entitled

A bill to repeal Act No. 246 of the Public Acts of 1895, entitled “An act
to establish a permanent state weather service in this State, co-operating
with the weather bureau, United States department of agriculture, for
the purpose of the collection and compilation of climatic and meteor-
ologic data, the accurate and rapid dissemination of daily weather fore-
casts, also frost and cold wave warnings and weather crop conditions;
the same to be used for the benefit of the agricultural, commercial and
scientific interests of the State, and making an appropriation therefor,"
as amended by Act No. 103 of the Public Acts of 1899;
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

F. B. KLINE,

Chairman. The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general orders.

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By the Committee on State Affairs:
The Committee on State Affairs reports
Senate bill No. 317 (file No. 290), entitled

A bill to provide for the appointment of a commission of five citizens of
the State of Michigan to make an investigation into the subject of farm
colonies, and to report their findings to the next session of the Legisla-
ture with recommendations regarding the establishment of a farm col-
ony within the State of Michigan;
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

F. B. KLINE,

Chairman. The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general orders.

By the Committee on State Affairs :
The Committee on State Affairs reports
House bill No. 78 (file No. 177), entitled

A bill to provide a tax to meet the amounts disbursed by the State
for the current expenses of the Michigan State Prison, the State House
of Correction and Branch Prison in the Upper Peninsula, and the Mich-
igan Reformatory;
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

F. B. KLINE,

Chairman, The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations under the rules.

By the Committee on State Affairs:
The Committee on State Affairs reports
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:
Without recommendation.

F. B. KLINE,

Ch an The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

Mr. Kline moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations.

The motion prevailed.

By the Committee on Education and Public Schools:
The Committee on Education and Public Schools reports
Senate bill No. 381 (file No. 353), entitled

A bill to permit the establishment of a disability and retirement fund
for teachers in cities of eigit thousand or over;
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

G. G. SCOTT,

Chairman. The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general orders.

By the Committee on Finance and Appropriations:
The Committee on Finance and Appropriations reports
Senate bill No. 54 (file No. 41), entitled

A bill making appropriations for the Michigan School for the Blind for repairs and special purposes and for the current expenses for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1912, and June 30; 1913, and to provide a tax therefor;

With the following amendments thereto:

1. By inserting in line 2 of section 2 after the word “institution" the words "for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1912."

2. By inserting in line 2 of section 3 after the word "institution” the words "for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1912."

Recommend that the amendments be concurred in, and that when so amended the bill pass.

William H. BRADLEY,

Chairman, The report was accepted and adopted and the committee discharged.

Mr. Bradley moved that the Senate concur in the amendments made to the bill by the committee.

The motion prevailed.

The bill was then referred to the committee of the whole and placed at the head of the general orders,

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By the Committee on Finance and Appropriations:
The Committee on Finance and Appropriations reports
House bills Nos. 71, 72, 73 (file No. 17), entitled

A bill to create a commission to examine, investigate and inquire into the several boards, commissions, institutions, and the departments and bureaus of the State, and to fix its powers and duties, and to make an

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