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Lansing, Thursday, January 11.
2:00 o'clock p. m.
The House was called to order by the Speaker.
Religious exercises were conducted by Rev. F. W. Stevenson, of the Main Street Methodist Protestant Church, of Lansing.
The roll of the House was called by the Clerk, who announced that a quorum was present.
Messrs. Eaton, Sheridan Ford, Jackson, Lamphere, Nelson, Petermann, Thomas Read, Vander Veen and Woodruff were absent with leave.
Messrs. Kistler, Stevenson and Toepel were absent without leave.
Messrs. Clark, Brower, Martz, Ormsbee, Wood and Warner asked and obtained leaves of absence from tomorrow's session.
Mr. O'Brien asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Stevenson from today's and tomorrow's sessions.
Mr. Jerome asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Toepel from today's and tomorrow's sessions.
Messrs. Culver, Houghton and Taube asked and obtained leaves of absence until Tuesday, January 16.
Mr. Stearns asked and obtained leave of absence from Monday's and Tuesday's sessions.
Mr. Green asked and obtained an indefinite leave of absence for Mr. Kistler.
Messrs. Bosch and McGillivray asked and obtained indefinite leaves of absence.
The Speaker announced the appointment, under House concurrent resolution No. 5, of Representatives O'Brien, Foote and Amon, to report a list of names of officials and others to whom copies of the daily Journal shall be sent during the session.
The Speaker announced that, in accordance with Rule No. 2, he had assigned seats to the several representatives of the press, as follows:
John H. Dunnewind, Detroit Free Press, No. 140.
The Speaker announced the following appointments of House employees, as provided by House resolution No. 4:
Law Clerk.-George L. Brown, Port Huron, Mich.
Committee Clerks.-Sam B. Mullen, Lansing; Alta Greenberger, Har. bor Springs; Margaret Parent, Iron Mountain ; Minnie Ostrander, Trav. erse City; Lutie Finkbeiner, Hersey; Ruth G. Russell, Bay City; Leota M. Schurger, White Cloud; Marie T. Urbanski, Lansing; Charlotte Marshall, Fremont; Norma Loewe, Belding.
Document Room Keeper.-George W. Barbour, Fenton.
Assistants to Sergeant-at-Arms.-A. A. Bush, Detroit; George W. Cook, Owosso; Hugo A. Dallman, Benton Harbor; Peter J. Sinclair, Alto; Raymond C. Reed, Spring Arbor.
Chief Janitor.-James Anderson, Coral.
Janitors.- Michael Cronin, Charlotte; William Sober, Lansing; Ora Yerty, Hastings; Perry Backus, Leslie; Bret H. Cockett, Decatur; Chas. H. Stannard, Dexter.
Coat Room Keeper.-Walter G. Collins, Lansing.
Floor Messengers.—Tom McGill, Detroit; Marion Smith, Luther; John Harms, Morenci; Leonard L. Case, Benzonia ; Lionel Leighton, Sault Ste. Marie; Harris McCauley, Wilson; Fred Clark, Iron River; Albert Tederstrom, Ironwood.
The Speaker announced the following assignments of clerks to committee rooms:
Room C.-Miss Greenberger.
PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS.
Mr. Farrier presented
Resolutions adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Presque Isle county protesting against commercial fishing in the lakes and rivers of Presque Isle county.
The resolutions were referred to the Committee on Fish and Fisheries.
Mr. S. J. Smith presented
Resolutions adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Cheboygan county requesting the passage of a bill granting to the counties of Cheboygan and Presque Isle the right to submit to the people of said county the question of providing a continuous open season for taking of noxious tish from any of the waters in said counties.
The resolutions were referred to the Committee on Fish and Fisheries.
Mr. Sours presented
Petition of the Traverse City Retail Druggists' Association opposing the sale of liquor's by retail druggists and favoring the sale of liquor by State agents or dispensaries.
The petition was referred to the Committee on Liquor Traffic.
Mr. Hallett presented
Resolutions adopted by the Kalamazoo County Farmers' Institute Society, relative to the width of gauge of wagons and sleighs.
The resolutions were referred to the Committee on Roads and Bridges.
ANNOUNCEMENT BY CLERK OF PRINTING OF BILLS.
The Clerk announced that the following named bills had been printed and placed upon the files of the members Thursday, January 11:
Senate bill No. 3 (file No. 2), entitled
A bill to authorize the payment of salaries to sheriffs, and to make the same in lieu of fees.
Senate bill No. 4 (file No. 3), entitled
A bill to provide for the erection and construction of a State office building in the city of Lansing, and to make appropriation therefor.
By unanimous consent
Resolved, That the Speaker appoint a special committee, consisting of three Representatives, to group the committees of the House for assignment to committee rooms.
The resolution was adopted.
The Speaker named as such committee Representatives Newkirk, Jerome and Wiley.
REPORTS OF SELECT COMMITTEES.
The Special Committee appointed under House concurrent resolution No. 5, by Mr. O'Brien, chairman, made its report, recommending the adoption of the following:
That the Journals of the two Houses be mailed, on request therefor, to the following persons:
Secretaries of commercial clubs, secretaries of Granges and local Arbors of Gleaners, secretaries of farmers' clubs, all public officials, newspapers, State institutions, public schools and members of State boards.
The report was received and the committee discharged.
The Speiale ('ommittee appointed under House resolution No. 12, by Mr. Glaspie, chairman, made its report, recommending the adoption of the following resolutions:
Whereas, The House of Representatives of the State of Michigan in regular session assembled this 11th day of January, A. D. 1917, has learned with deepest regret of the death in Florida of the Hon. Frederick Weiland, member of the last House, and
Whereas, In the death of Mr. Weiland, his family, town and community have lost a loving husband, a public spirited citizen and a man of noblest character and sterling worth, and the State a servant whose serrices were given unstintingly for the public welfare; therefore be it
Resolved, that the profound sympathy of the members of this House be extended the bereaved family in their hour of tribulation; and be it further
Resolved, that the Clerk of this House be instructed to spread these resolutions upon the records of this body, and to send an engrossed copy hereof to the family of the deceased.
The report was accepted and the committee discharged.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
The Committee on Public Health, by Mr. Hulse, Chairman, reported House bill No. 12, entitled
A bill to provide for the establishment and maintenance of joint county sanatoriums for the treatment of tuberculosis.
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
The bill 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 informing the House of Representatives that the Senate had concurred in the adoption of
House concurrent resolution No. 5.
And further informing the House of Representatives that Senators Roberts and Tripp had been named as a committee on the part of the Senate.
A message was received from the Senate transmitting
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House be instructed to mail copies of the daily Journals to the following persons, upon request therefor: Secretaries of commercial clubs, secretaries of Granges the local arbors of Gleaners, secretaries of Farmers' Clubs, all public officials, newspapers, State institutions, public schools and members of State boards; and that the amount of postage on such copies of said Journals so sent out shall be paid by the State Treasurer on the warrant of the Auditor General; on the presentation of bills duly certified by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House, showing that such stamps have been purchased and used only for the payment of postage in mailing copies of the Journal hereby ordered to be distributed.
The question being on concurring in the adoption of the resolution, The House concurred.
The Special Committee appointed to group and make committee room assignments of the several committees, by Mr. Newkirk, chairman, made its report, recommending that the several standing committees be assigned to rooms, as follows:
Room A.-Newspaper reporters.
Room C.-Committees on Public Health, Roads and Bridges, Michigan Industrial School for Boys, Michigan State Prison, State Industrial Home for Girls, State Sanatorium, Michigan School for the Blind, Pontiac State Hospital, Traverse City State Hospital, Michigan Reformatory, Michigan Employment Institution of the Blind, Ionia State IIospital and Michigan Farm Colony for Epilepties.