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No. 2143. By Mr. Sawyer: Protest of 66 citizens of Mt. Pleasant against the passage of the bill to reduce railroad fares.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2144. By Mr. Sawyer: Protest of S. E. Beck and 36 others against reducing railroad fares.

Referred to the coinmittee on Railroads.

No. 2145. By Mr. Sawyer: Remonstrance of C. F. Brown and 15 others of Alma against the reduction of fares on railroads.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2146. By Mr. Sawyer: l'rotest of 25 citizens of Byron against reduction on railroad fares.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2147. By Mr. Sawyer: Protest of 36 citizens of Durand against reducing railroad fares.

Referred to the committee on railroads.

No. 2148. By Mr. Sawyer. Remonstrance of 270 citizens of Ann Arbor against the reduction of railroad fares.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2149. By Mr. Sawyer: Remonstrance of 450 citizens of Owosso and Corunna against reduction of railroad fares.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2150. By Mr. Peek: Remonstrance of Geo. P. Jenkins and 39 other railroad employes against the passage of bill to reduce railroad fares.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2151. By Mr. Foote: Remonstrance of Dr. S. D. O'Brien and 1,000 other busness men and citizens of Kalamazoo against the passage of House file 100, known as the Kalamazoo hack and 'bus bill.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2152. By Mr. Powers: Petition of the leading business men and city officials of Kalamazoo and 1,350 others asking for amendment of House bill 425, and for its passage after amendment.

Referred to the committee on Railroads.

No. 2153. By Mr. Sawyer: Remonstrance of 27 members of the Farmers' Alliance of Superior against any change in the highway law, whereby the control and supervision of roads will be taken away from the farmers.

Referred to the committee on Roads and Bridges.

No. 2154. By Mr. Sawyer: Protest against the passage of the fish shutes bill, so called, signed by J. H. Kingsley and 67 others of Lenawee and Washtenaw counties.

Referred to the committee on Fisheries and Game.

No. 2155. By Mr. Sawyer: Protest of 41 taxpayers of Ann Arbor and vicinity against the passage of House bill No. 100, providing for maintaining of shutes and ladders for the passage of fish over the dams across the Raisin river and tributaries.

Referred to the committee on Fisheries and Game.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

By the committee on Railroads:
The committee on Railroads, to whom was referred

House bill No. 822 (file No. 111), entitled

A bill to provide for the issue and sale of an interchangeable and redeemable system of mileage books by all persons, companies or corporations operating steam railroads in the State of Michigan;

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment and recommend that it do not pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

C. E. Foote,

Chairman Report accepted and committee discharged. On motion of Mr. Lusk, The bill was placed on the special order for today. By the committee on Railroads: The committee on Railroads, to whom was referred House bill No. 529 (file No. 115), entitled

A bill to amend subdivision 9 of Sec. 9 of Art. 2 of act No. 198 of the public acts of 1873, entitled "An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to fix and regulate the running and management, and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroads and other corporations owning and operating any railroad in this State;"

Respectfuly report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without rcommendation, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

C. E. Foote,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged. On motion of Mr. Widoe, The bill was placed on the special order for today. By the committee on Railroads: The committee on Railroads, to whom was referred Senate bill No. 256 (file No. 161), entitled

A bill to require railroad companies to weigh grain and grain products upon request of shippers and give certificates of same;

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House with amend. ments thereto, recommending that the amendments be concurred in, and that the bill when so amended do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

C. E. Foote,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The question being on concurring in the amendment made by the committee to the bill,

The House concurred.
On motion of Mr. Chamberlain,
The bill was then ordered placed on the special order for today.
By the committee on Judiciary:
The committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred

House bill No. 768, entitled

A bill to amend Sec. 7104 of the compiled laws of 1871, as amended by act No. 159 of the public acts of 1871, approved April 15, 1871, being compiler's Sec. 8663 of Howell's annotated statutes, entitled “Writs of mandamus and prohibition;"

Respectfuly report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, without amendment, and recommend that it do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

A. J. Sawyer,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The bill was ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

MESSAGES FROM THE SENATE.

The Speaker announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 10, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir-I am instructed by the Senate to return to the House the following bill:

House bill No. 982 (file No. 390), entitled

A bill authorizing organized townships in the State of Michigan to issue bonds for the payment of claims against such townships which may have been or which shall hereafter be placed in judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction and to provide for the manner of issuing the same;

In the passage of which the Senate has concurred by a majority vote of all the Senators elect, and by a vote of two-thirds of all the Senators elect has ordered the same to take immediate effect.

Very respectfully,

Charles S. Pierce,

Secretary of the Senate. On motion of Mr. Chamberlain,

By a vote of two-thirds of all the members elect, the bill was ordered to take immediate effect.

The bill was then referred to the committee on Enrollment for enrollment, and presentation to the Governor. The Speaker also announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 7, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir-I am instructed by the Senate to transmit to the House the following bill:

Senate bill No. 483 (file No. 172), entitled

A bill to provide for the preservation and perpetuation of the laws, acts, joint and current resolutions, and other matters passed upon by the legislature of the State of Michigan, and to create the office of legislative proof reader, and to prescribe the duties of such officer;

Which has passed the Senate by a majority vote of all the Senators elect and in which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked.

Very respectfully,

Charles S. Pierce,

Secretary of the Senate. The bill was read a first and second time by its title and referred to the committee on Enrollment. The Speaker also announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 7, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir-I am instructed by the Senate to return to the House the follow

ing bill:

House bill No. 62 (file No. 356), entitled

I bill making an appropriation for the current expenses of the Michigan Soldiers' Home, and for the Home for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, who served in the late civil war, their wives and mothers, for the years 1897 and 1898;

In the passage of which the Senate has concurred by a majority vote of all the Senators elect, and by a vote of two-thirds of all the Senators elect has ordered the same to take immediate effect.

Very respectfully,

Charles S. Pierce,

Secretary of the Senate. The bill was referred to the committee on Enrollment for enrollment and presentation to the Governor. The Speaker also announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 10, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir-I am instructed by the Senate to return to the House the follow. ing bill:

House bill No. 1082 (file No. 411), entitled

A bill to provide for committing inmates of the Industrial Home for Girls at Adrian who become insane, to a State asylum for the insane, and for their return to such home on their recovery, and for the cost of examination, committing to, and for their care and maintenance while at such asylum;

In the passage of which the Senate has concurred by a majority vote of all the Senators elect, and by a vote of two-thirds of all the Senators elect has ordered the same to take immediate effect.

Very respectfully,

Charles S. Pierce,

Secretary of the Senate. The bill was referred to the committee on Enrollment for enrollment and presertation to the Governor.

The Speaker also announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 10, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

BIR-I am instructed by the Senate to return to the House the following bill:

House bill No. 567 (file No. 369), entitled

A bill to provide for the committing of indigent insane persons to the Wayne County Insane Asylum, and for the transfer of such persons to the State asylum, and from the State asylum to said county asylum, and to provide for the support and maintenance of such insane persons;

In the passage of which the Senate has concurred by a majority vote of all the Senators elect.

Very respectfully,
Charles S. Pierce,

Secretary of the Senate.
The bill was referred to the committee on Enrollment for enroll.
ment and presentation to the Governor.
The Speaker also announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 10, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir-I am instructed by the Senate to return to the House the following bill:

House bill No. 620 (file No. 344), entitled

A bill to amend Sec. 3 of act No. 213 of the public acts of 1887, entitled "An act to provide for the appointment of inspectors of mines and their deputies in certain cases, to prescribe their powers and duties and provide for their compensation;"

In the passage of which the Senate has concurred by a majority vote of all the Senators elect.

Very respectfully,

Charles S. Pierce,

Secretary of the Senate. The bill was referred to the committee on Enrollment for enrollment and presentation to the Governor. The Speaker also announced the following:

SENATE CHAMBER,

Lansing, May 10, 1897. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir-I am instructed by the Senate to transmit to the House the following bill:

Senate bill No. 143 (file No. 177), entitled

A bill making appropriation for the Michigan School for the Deaf for the years 1897 and 1898;

Which has passed the Senate by a majority vote of all the Senators elect, and by a vote of two-thirds of all the Senators elect has been

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