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GENERAL ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Mr. Person moved that the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole on the general orders.

The motion prevailed.
The Speaker called Mr. Person to the chair.

After a time spent in the consideration of bills upon the general orders, the committee rose, and, through its chairman, made a report recommending the passage, without amendment, of the following entitled bills:

House bill No. 37 (file No. 238), entitled

A bill making appropriations for the Central Michigan Normal School, for current expenses, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1918, and June 30, 1919, and for building and special purposes for said institution for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1918, and June 30, 1919, and to provide a tax to meet the same.

House bill No. 71 (file No. 242), entitled

A bill making appropriations for the Michigan State Normal College for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1918, and June 30, 1919, and to provide a tax to meet the same.

House bill No. 284 (file No. 269), entitled

A bill making appropriations for the State Board of Fish Commissioners, for current expenses, and for building and special purposes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, and June 30, 1919, and to provide a tax to meet the same."

House bill No. 21 (file No. 297), entitled

A bill to provide for the payment of certain claims allowed to ex-sol. diers, sailors and marines who served in the Spanish-American War, which have accrued under the provisions of Act No. 134 of the Public Acts of 1899, entitled "An act for the relief of sick, disabled and needy ex-soldiers, sailors and marines of the late Spanish-American War," and to extend the time for the presentation of such claims.

Senate bill No. 102 (file No. 155), entitled

A bill to amend section 20 of Act No. 183 of the Public Acts of 1897, entitled "An act to provide for the appointment and to fix the term of office, duties and compensation of circuit court stenographers in the State of Michigan,” approved May 29, 1897, the same being section 14486 of the Compiled Laws of 1915.

House bill No. 406 (file No. 201), entitled

A bill to amend section 1 of Act No. 113 of the Public Acts of 1907, entitled "An act to prevent the spearing and taking of fish by any device whatever, except with hook and line, in Cedar River in Ingham county, in Grand River in the counties of Ingham and Eaton, and in the waters of Spring Brook in the county of Eaton, and in the waters of or inlets or outlet of Pine Lake, Ingham county, and to provide a penalty for violations thereof."

House bill No. 421 (file No. 202), entitled

A bill to amend section 4 of Act 236, Public Acts of 1915, the same being an act to protect fish in the inland waters of this State and to regulate the manner of taking, possession, transportation, size and sale of fish when taken from said waters, to provide penalties for the violation of this act, and to repeal all acts and parts of acts conflicting therewith.

House bill No. 436 (file No. 205), entitled

A bill to regulate the taking and catching of certain kinds of fish during certain seasons of the year in certain streams and rivers of this State.

The bills were placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported
House bill No. 199 (file No. 162), entitled

A bill to amend section 11 of Act No. 134 of the Public Acts of 1885, entitled “An act to regulate the practice of pharmacy in the State of Michigan," same being Act No. 134 of the Public Acts of 1885, as amended, being section 5313 of the Compiled Laws of 1897, as amended by Act No. 332 of the Public Acts of 1905,

Recommending the adoption of the following amendment thereto, and the passage of the bill when so amended :

Amend by striking out of lines 4 and 5 of section 1 the words “five thousand three hundred thirteen of the Compiled Laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven” and inserting in lieu thereof the words "six thousand seven hundred seventy of the Compiled Laws of nineteen hundred fifteen."

The question being on the adoption of the proposed amendment made by the committee,

The amendment was adopted and the bill was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported
House bill No. 95 (file No. 193), entitled

A bill to amend sections 2 and 3 of Act 183 of the Public Acts of 1909, as amended by Act 83 of the Public Acts of 1913, entitled “An act to prohibit the taking, killing, trapping or molesting of certain fur-bearing animals at certain times, and to prohibit the destruction or the molesting of the houses of certain fur-bearing animals at all times,"

Recommending the adoption of the following amendments thereto, and the passage of the bill when so amended: 1. Amend by striking out of line J of section 2 the words "or spears."

Amend by inserting in line 6 of section 2 after the word "use" the word "spears."

The question being on the adoption of the proposed amendments made by the committee,

The amendments were adopted and the bill was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported
House bill No. 399 (file No. 198), entitled

A bill to amend section 7 of Act No. 117 of the Public Acts of 1909, entitled "An act to provide for the organization of township school districts in the State of Michigan,"

Recommending the adoption of the following amendments thereto, and the passage of the bill when so amended:

1. Amend by striking out of lines 22, 23 and 24 of section 7 the words "Provided, That nothing herein contained shall apply to school districts consisting of more than three hundred school children.”

2. Amend by inserting in line 17 of section 7 after the word “board” the words “Provided, That the provisions hereof with reference to number of meetings of board and compensation of trustees shall not apply to school districts having a school population of more than three hundred.”

The question being on the adoption of the proposed amendments made by the committee,

The amendments were adopted and the bill was placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills.

The Committee of the Whole reported
House bill No. 437 (file No. 203), entitled

A bill to amend section 10 of Act No. 94 of the Public Acts of 1869, entitled “An act to amend Act No. 350 of the Session Laws of 1865, entitled 'An act to protect fish and preserve the fisheries of this State,'" approved March 21, 1865, as amended, being compiler's section 5857 of the Compiled Laws of 1897,

Recommending that the bill be referred to the Committee on Fish and Fisheries.

The recommendation was concurred in, and the bill was so referred.

SPECIAL ORDERS.

3:00 o'clock p. m. The Speaker laid before the House, as the special order for this hour, for consideration on Third Reading,

House joint resolution No. 14 (file No. 152), entitled

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 1 of article III of the Constitution of Michigan relative to the right of women to vote.

The joint resolution was read a third time, and the question being on agreeing to the joint resolution,

Mr. Culver moved to amend the joint resolution

By inserting in line 30 of section 1 after the word "sex" the words “Provided further, That there shall be no legal privileges or exemptions extended to persons of either sex by reason of sex.”

The motion did not prevail, and the amendment was not adopted, a majority of all the members-elect not voting therefor.

The joint resolution was then agreed to, two-thirds of all the members-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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The House agreed to the title of the joint resolution.

The following is the joint resolution:

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to section 1 of article III of the Constitution of Michigan relative to the right of women to vote.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the following amendment to section one of article III of the Constitution relative to the right of women to vote, is hereby proposed and submitted to the people of this State.

Section 1. In all elections every inhabitant of this State being a citizen of the United States; every inhabitant residing in this State on the 24th day of June, 1835; every inhabitant residing in this State on the 1st day of January, 1850; every male inhabitant of foreign birth who, having resided in the State 2 years and 6 months prior to the 8th day of November, 1894, and having declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States 2 years and 6 months prior to the 8th day of November, 1894, and having declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States 2 years and 6 months prior to said last named day; the wife of any inhabitant of foreign birth who, having resided in the State 2 years and six months prior to the 8th day of November, 1894, and having declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States 2 years and 6 months prior to said last named day, and every civilized inhabitant of Indian descent, a native of the United States and not a member of any tribe, shall be an elector and entitled to vote; but no one shall be an elector and entitled to vote at any election, unless he or she shall be above the age of 21 years and has resided in this State 6 months, and in the township or ward in which he or she offers to vote 20 days next preceding such election: Provided, That no qualified elector in the actual military service of the United States or of this State or in the army or navy thereof, or any student while in attendance at any institution of learning, or any regularly enrolled member of any citizens' military or naval training camp, held under the authority of the Government of the United States or of the State of Michigan, or any member of the Legislature while in attendance at any session of the Legislature, or commercial traveler, or any qualified elector employed upon or in the operation of railroad trains in this State or any sailor engaged and employed on the Great Lakes or in coast wise trade shall be deprived of a vote by reason of the absence from the township, ward or State in which elector resides, and the Legislature shall provide by law the manner in which and the time and place at which such absent electors may vote and for the canvass and return of their votes: Provided further, that the Legislature shall have power to pass laws covering qualified electors who may be necessarily absent from other causes than above specified; and Provided further, That there shall be no denial of the elective franchise at any election on account of sex; be it further

Resolved, That the foregoing amendment be submitted to the people of this State at the general election to be held in the month of Novmber, in the year 1918. The Secretary of State is hereby required to certify the foregoing amendment to the Constitution to the clerks of the several counties of the State as required by law. It shall be the duty of the board of election commissioners of each county to prepare a ballot for the use of the electors for voting upon said amendment, which hallot shall be in the following form:

Vote on amendment to section 1 of article III of the Constiution, relative to the right of women to vote:

Amendment to section 1 of article III of the Constitution, relative to the right of women to vote, making said section read as follows:

Section 1. In all elections every inhabitant of this State being a citizen of the United States; every inhabitant residing in this State on the 24th day of June, 1835; every inhabitant residing in this State on the 1st day of January, 1850; every male inhabitant of foreign birth who, having resided in the State 2 years and 6 months prior to the Sth day of November, 1894, and having declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States 2 years and 6 months prior to said last named day; the wife of any inhabitant of foreign birth who, having resided in the State 2 years and 6 months prior to the 8th day of November, 1894, and having declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States 2 years and 6 months prior to said last named day; and every civilized inhabitant of Indian descent, a native of the United States and not a member of any tribe, shall be an elector and entitled to vote; but no one shall be an elector or entitled to vote at any election unless he or she shall be above the age of 21 years and has resided in this State 6 months, and in the township or ward in which he or she offers to vote 20 days next preceding such election : Provided, That in time of war, insurrection or rebellion, no qualified elector in the actual military service of the United States or of this State, or in the army or navy thereof, shall be deprived of a vote by reason of absence from the town

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