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REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

The Committee on Ways and Means, by Mr. Jerome, Chairman, re. ported

House bill No. 218, entitled

A bill to create a commission of inquiry to make the necessary investigation and to prepare and submit a report setting forth a comprehensive plan for a general change in the financial system of our State government insofar as it relates to the control and expenditure of appropriations for the support of State departments, State boards, commissions or State institutions; to establish a budget system and to suggest such amendments to the general accounting laws of the State as are necessary; to provide for the appointment of the members of said commission and to prescribe their powers and duties and to appropriate the necessary moneys for the compensation and expenses incurred by said commission in the performance of their duties,

With the recommendation that the bill pass.
The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the Committee of the Whole and placed on the general orders.

The Committee on Education, by Mr. Weissert, Chairman, reported House bill No. 236, entitled

A bill authorizing school boards to permit the use of school buildings for public meetings on matters pertaining to State and local welfare; to provide payment for janitor service and other expenses incident thereto, and to repeal all acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith,

With the recommendation that the bill pass.
The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the Committee of the Whole and placed on the general orders.

The Committee on Education, by Jr. Weissert, Chairman, reported Senate bill No. 46 (file No. 30), entitled

A bill to amend section 2 of chapter 1 of Act No. 161 of the Public Acts of 1881, entitled “An act to revise and consolidate the laws relating to public instruction and primary schools, and to repeal all statutes and acts contravening the provisions of this act," being section 5642 of the Compiled Laws of 1915,

With the recommendation that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The question being on concurring in the recommendation of the committee,

The recommendation was concurred in and the bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

The Committee on Education, by Mr. Weissert, Chairman, reported Senate bill No. 80 (file No. 71), entitled

A bill to amend section 1 of Act No. 65 of the Public Acts of 1909, entitled "An act to provide for the payment of tuition in and transportation to another district, of children who have completed the eighth grade in any school district; and to repeal Act No. 190 of the Public Acts of 1903, and all other acts and parts of acts in anywise contravening the provisions of this act," as last amended by Act 268 of the Public Acts of 1913, being compilers' section 5830 of the Compiled Laws of 1915,

With the recommendation that the bill pass.
The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the Committee of the Whole and placed on the general orders.

The Committee on Agriculture, by Mr. Wells, Chairman, reported House bill No. 321, entitled

A bill to establish a department of markets, prescribing the powers and duties thereof and making an appropriation therefor,

With the following amendments thereto, recommending that the amendments be concurred in and that when so amended the bill pass :

1. Amend by striking out of lines 1, 2 and 3 of section 1, the words “Upon the recommendation of the President of the State Association of Farmers Clubs, the Supreme Secretary of the Ancient Order of Gleaners and the Master of the Michigan State Grange.”

2. Amend by striking out of line 1 of subdivision 6 of section 2 the word “Legislature” and inserting in lieu thereof the word "Governor."

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The question being on the adoption of the amendments to the bill recommended by the committee,

The amendments were adopted.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

The Committee on Insurance, by Mr. Person, Chairman, reported House bill No. 298, entitled

A bill to amend sections 2 and 8 of Act 178 of the Public Acts of 1915, entitled “An act for the prevention of fire waste, the creation of the office and appointment of a State Fire Marshal, authorizing the appointment of his assistants and deputies, to prescribe their several powers, duties and compensation; to prescribe procedure in certain cases; providing penalties for violations of the provisions hereof, providing funds to carry out the provisions of this act, and repealing Act No. 79 of the Public Acts of 1911, as amended,"

With the recommendation that the bill pass.
The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the Committee of the Whole and placed on the general orders.

The Committee on Revision and Amendment of the Constitution, by Mr. Flowers, Chairman, reported

Senate joint resolution No. 5 (file No. 64), entitled
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 26 of article

VIII of the Constitution of the State of Michigan, with reference to the construction, improvement and maintenance of highways,

With the recommendation that the joint resolution be agreed to. The report was accepted and the committee discharged. The joint resolution was ordered printed, referred to the Committee of the Whole and placed on the general orders.

The Committee on Revision and Amendment of the Constitution, by Mr. Flowers, Chairman, reported

House joint resolution No. 13, entitled

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 23 of article VIII of the Constitution relative to the right of cities and villages to acquire, own and operate certain public utilities,

With the recommendation that the joint resolution be agreed to. The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The joint resolution was ordered printed, referred to the Committee of the Whole and placed on the general orders.

MESSAGES FROM THE SENATE.

A message was received from the Senate transmitting
Senate joint resolution No. 4 (file Xo. 9), entitled

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 21 of article VI of the Constitution of this State, relative to the salaries of State officers.

The joint resolution was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Revision and Amendment of the Constitution.

A message was received from the Senate transmitting
Senate bill No. 12 (file No. 46), entitled

A bill to provide for the branding and labeling of mattresses and comforts and to provide against the use of insanitary, unhealthy, old or second-hand material in the manufacture of mattresses and comforts, and to provide against the sale of mattresses or comforts containing such insanitary, unhealthy, old or second-hand materials.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on l'ublic Health.

A message was received from the Senate transmitting
Senate bill No. 29 (file No. 94), entitled

A bill to amend section 10 of Act No. 147 of the Public Acts of 1991, entitled “An act to provide for the election of a county commissioner of schools and for the payment of school examiners, to define the duties and fix the compensation of the same and to repeal all acts and parts of acts conflicting with the provisions of this act," the same being section 5885 of the Compiled Laws of 1915.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Education.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

Mr. O'Brien introduced
House bill No. 356, entitled

A bill to establish, protect and enforce by lien the rights of garage keepers who shall furnish labor or material or store, repair, maintain, keep or supply automobiles or other motor propelled vehicles and to provide for the filing of statements of account and lien and to repeal Act No. 312 of the Public Acts of 1915, entitled "An act to establish, protect and enforce by lien the rights of garage keepers who furnish labor and material for storing, reparing, maintaining, keeping or otherwise supplying automobiles or other motor propelled vehicles.”

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Deuel introduced
House bill No. 357, entitled

A bill to amend sections 34 and 37 of Act No. 206 of the Public Acts of 1893, as last amended by Act No. 201 of the Public Acts of 1913, and to amend added sections 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153 and 15+ of Act No. 206 of the Public Acts of 1893, as last amended, entitled “An act to provide for the assessment of property and the levy and collection of taxes thereon, and for the collection of taxes heretofore and hereafter levied; making such taxes a lien on the lands taxed, establishing and continuing such lien, providing for the sale and conveyance of lands delinquent for taxes, and for the inspection and disposition of lands bid off to the State and not redeemed or purchased; and to repeal Act No. 200 of the Public Acts of 1891, and all other acts and parts of acts in any. wise contravening any of the provisions of this act,” and to repeal sertion No. 37a of Act No. 201 of the Public Acts of 1913, and all other acts or parts of acts contravening any of the provisions of this act.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on General Taxation.

Mr. Deuel introduced
House bill No. 358, entitled

A bill to provide for the assessment of the property, by whomsoever owned, operated or conducted, of railroad companies, union station and depot companies, telegraph companies, telephone companies, sleeping car companies, express companies, car loaning companies, stock car companies, refrigerator car companies, and fast freight companies, and all other companies owning, leasing, running or operating any freight, stock, refrigerator, or any other cars not exclusively the property of any railroad company paying taxes upon its rolling stock under the provisions of this act, over or upon the line or lines of any railroad or railroads in this State, and for the levy of taxes thereon by a State Board of Assessors, and for the collection of such taxes, and to repeal Act No. 282 of the Public Acts of 1905, as amended, and all acts or parts of acts contravening any of the provisions of this act.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on General Taxation.

Mr. Brower introduced
House bill No. 359, entitled

A bill to authorize and direct the Board of State Auditors to audit and allow such sums as shall, in their judgment be just compensation for benefits to lands owned by the State, by reason of sewer having been heretofore constructed in the public streets in the city of Jackson, adjoining and abutting upon lands whereon the Michigan State Prison is situate and other lands owned by the State of Michigan.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on State Affairs.

Mr. Brower introduced
House bill No. 360, entitled

A bill to authorize and direct the Board of State Auditors to audit and allow such sums as shall, in their judgment be just compensation for benefits to lands owned by the State, by reason of brick pavement having been heretofore constructed on the public streets in the city of Jackson, adjoining and abutting upon lands whereon the Michigan State Prison is situate, and other lands owned by the State of Michigan.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on State Affairs.

Mr. Flowers introduced
House bill No. 361, entitled

A bill to provide for the licensing, bonding and regulation of private employment agencies, the limiting of the amount of the fees charged by such agencies, the refunding of such fees in certain cases, the imposing of obligations on persons, firms or corporations which have induced workmen to travel in the hope of securing employment, charging the Commissioner of Labor with the enforcement of this act.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Labor.

Mr. Flowers introduced
House bill No. 362, entitled

A bill creating the office of State inspector of masonry of public buildings and works, fixing the term of said office, prescribing the qualifications and compensation of the encumbent thereof, and fixing and defining his duties.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the Committee on State Affairs.

Mr. Warner introduced
House bill No. 363, entitled

A bill to amend section 3 of Act No. 230 of the Public Acts of 1915, entitled "An act to provide for the creation of a Board of Mediation and Conciliation; to prescribe its powers and duties; to provide for arbitration in the settlement of differences that may arise between em:

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