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passed, unless a majority of all the members elected to the house shall have voted in favor of its passage.

Two-Thirds Vote.

Rule 64. No bill appropriating the public money or property for local or private purposes, or providing for the incorporation of trust companies or corporations for banking purposes, or regulating the business thereof, or amending or repealing any law providing for such incorporation or regulation shall be passed, unless two-thirds of the members elected to the house shall have voted in favor of the passage thereof.

Title; Object; Reference to Compiler's Sections.

Rule 63. No bill shall embrace more than one object, which shall be expressed in its title. If the bill proposes any amendment to existing laws enacted prior to the last general compilation, the title shall contain also a reference to the compiler's section or sections of the compiled laws.

SPECIAL ORDERS.

Rule 66. Any subject matter made the special order for a particular day not having been reached on that day shall come up for consideration, under the order of “unfinished business” on the next succeeding legislative day.

CHAPTER VI.

MISCELLANEOI'S.

READING AND ENDORSEMENT OF PAPERS. Reading

Rule 67. When the reading of a paper is called for and an objection is raised to such reading, the house shall determine whether or not the paper shall be read.

Endorsement.

Rule 68. Every member presenting a paper containing subject matter for the consideration of the house shall endorse the same with a statement of its subject or contents and his name.

YEAS AND NAYS. How Called.

Rule 69. In taking the yeas and nays upon any question the names of the members shall be called alphabetically.

Demands for Yeas and Nays.

Rule 70. Upon the passage of any question the vote shall be taken by yeas and nays and entered upon the journal of the house on the demand by any ten members.

RULES AND PRACTICE.

Amendment or Suspension of Rules.

Rule 71. Any rule of the house may be altered by a majority vote of the members-elect, but no rule shall be amended unless such amendment is in writing and in possession of the house five days prior to its consideration. A rule may be suspended by a vote of two-thirds of the members shown to be present by the journal entries.

Practice.

Rule 72. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in Cushing's “Law and Practice of Legislative Assemblies” shall govern in all cases in which they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and orders of the house or the Constitution of the State of Michigan.

APPEALS. Form of Question.

Rule 73. On all appeals from the decisions of the chair, the question shall be “Shall the judgment of the chair stand as the judgment of the house?” which question shall be decided by a rising vote, unless otherwise ordered by the house.

Debate.

Rule 74. No member shall speak more than once on the question of an appeal without leave of the house.

Tabling Appeals.

Rule 75. An appeal may be laid on the table but shall not carry with it subject matter before the house at the time such appeal is taken.

Mr. Wiley offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 2.

Resolved, That the Speaker appoint a special committee, consisting of three Representatives, to inform the Senate that the House has completed its organization and is ready for the transaction of business,

The resolution was adopted.

The Speaker appointed as such committee Messrs. Wiley, John Schmidt and Glaspie.

Mr. Croll offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 3.

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the Speaker, on the part of the House, to join a committee on the part of the Senate, the two committees to wait on the Governor and notify him that the two houses have completed their organizations and will be pleased to meet in joint convention, at such time as he may designate, to receive his message.

The resolution was adopted.

The Speaker appointed as such committee, Messrs. Croll, Gettel and Cowan.

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 4.

Resolved, That the Speaker appoint ten committee clerks, such committee clerks to be at the service of the members of the House for such work as pertains to their official duties; a document room keeper; an assistant document room keeper; a cloak room keeper; an assistant cloak room keeper; twelve assistant janitors, one of whom shall be designated by the Speaker to have charge of the janitor service, and five of whom shall be designated by the Speaker to assist the Sergeant-at-Arms in his duties; a janitress for the gallery; a Speaker's clerk; a Speaker's messenger, and eleven floor messengers.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Copley offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 5.

Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby authorized to appoint a stenographer, a messenger, an assistant to the Journal Clerk, an assistant to the Bill Clerk, a mailing clerk, an assistant mailing clerk, and a messenger for the proof room.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. O'Brien offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 6.

Resolved, That in accordance with Rule 2 of the House Rules, the Speaker of the House assign to the duly accredited representatives of the press proper seats on the floor of the House.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Hopkins offered the following resolution:
House resolution No. 7.

Resolved, That the hour of 2 o'clock p. m., unless otherwise ordered, be fixed as the time at which the House shall convene in daily session.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Stevenson offered the following resolution :
House resolution No. 8.

Resolved, That Daniel Tufts, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the last House, be paid the sum of twenty-five dollars for his services in the organization of this House.

The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Gettel offered the following concurrent resolution :
House concurrent resolution No. 1.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Ira G. Ormsbee be and is hereby elected Legislative “postmaster” and that R. Marvin Dickinson be and is hereby elected assistant Legislative Postmaster for the Legislative session of 1917.

The Speaker announced that under Rule 50 the resolution would lie upon the table one day.

Mr. Gettel moved that Rule 50 be suspended.

The motion prevailed, two-thirds of all the members present voting therefor.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,
The resolution was adopted.

The special committee appointed to inform the Senate that the House had completed its organization and was ready for the transaction of business, through its chairman, Mr. Wiley, reported that it had performed the duty assigned it.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The special committee appointed on the part of the House, to act with a committee on the part of the Senate, to advise the Governor that the two Houses had completed their organizations and were ready to receive his message, through its chairman, Mr. Croll, reported that it had performed the duty assigned it, and that the Governor will be pleased to deliver his message to the House and Senate assembled in joint convention, Thursday, January 4th at 12 o'clock m.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

By unanimous consent Mr. Foote presented the following petition :

To the Honorable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan:

Your petitioners, George W. Welsh, William DeBoer and Adrian De Young of Grand Rapids, Michigan, respectfully show unto your honorable body as follows:

1. That at the election held on the 7th day of November, A. D. 16, they were the Republican candidates for members of the legislature of the State of Michigan for the First District of Kent county, and that Henry L. Schmidt, Joseph J. Frost and Theodore F. VanderVeen of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, were the Democratic candidates for said office, and Wallace B. Watson was the Socialist candidate for said office, and A. B. Linn was the Prohibition candidate for said office; that according to the canvass of the votes of said district, made by the county board of canvassers for the county of Kent, your petitioners received the following number of votes : George W. Welsh, 12,527; William De Boer, 12,107; and Adrian DeYoung, 12,118, they being the Republican candidates; Joseph J. Frost, 12,958; Henry L. Schmidt, 12,833, and Theodore F. Vander Veen, 12,587, they being the Democratic candidates; and Wallace B. Watson, 693, he being the Socialist candidate, and A. B. Linn, 216, he being the Prohibition candidate; and the said Joseph J. Frost, Henry L. Schmidt and Theodore F. Vander Veen were declared elected to said office on the face of the returns by the following majorities: Joseph J. Frost, 851; Henry L. Schmidt, 715; and Theodore F. Vander Veen, 60.

2. Your petitioners further show that said district embraces the following territory: twelve wards of the city of Grand Rapids, that being the total number of wards in the city of Grand Rapids, and the terri. torial limits of the city of Grand Rapids.

3. That your petitioners deem themselves aggrieved on account of the mistakes, omissions and errors in said election, and in the counting of the ballots therein, and that they have been deprived of a large num. ber of votes to the number of nine hundred and upwards, as your petitioners are informed and believe, and therefore charge the truth to be, to which they were duly and legally entitled, and which should have been counted in their favor by the board of county canvassers for the county of Kent.

4. That many votes were rejected that should have been counted for your petitioners, and many votes were counted for Joseph J. Frost, Henry L. Schmidt and Theodore F. VanderVeen that should have been rejected, and that many votes were counted for all of the several other candidates for office that should have been counted for your petitioners.

5. That your petitioners are further informed and believe, and therefore charge the truth to be, that for presidential electors 26,007 votes were cast, for office of Sheriff 26,006, and for the office of prosecuting attorney 25,943, all within the city of Grand Rapids, and for the office of member of the legislature from the first district, comprising the same territory, there were only 25,023 votes cast, that being the average for the three members of the legislature of the said first district, thus showing that there were many votes thrown out entirely by the county board of canvassers, many of which your petitioners are informed and believe and therefore charge the truth to be, should have been counted for your petitioners.

6. That your petitioners are informed and believe, and therefore charge the truth to be, that they were duly elected to the office of representative in the State Legislature, for the first district of Kent county, Michigan, but have been deprived of said office through the mistakes, errors and illegalities above set forth. Your petitioners therefore pray:

That in as much as they are without redress or relief in said matter except by the House of Representatives counting said ballots, that the rights of your petitioners and the rights of the electors of the first representative district, in and for Kent county, Michigan, be secured and protected to your petitioners, and to the people of the said district, and to the people of the State of Michigan, and that the said House of Representatives may recount the said ballots and report the correct count to the said House of Representatives, in such manner as this honorable body may determine, and that if said recount shows your petitioners to be elected, that your petitioners may be, by this honorable body, declared elected and be given a seat in this honorable body as representatives from the First Representative District of Kent county, Michigan, in the place of, and instead of said Joseph J. Frost, Henry L. Schmidt and Theodore F. Vander Veen.

GEORGE W. Welsh,
WILLIAM DEBOER,
ADRIAN DEYOUNG.

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