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Senate bill No. 256 (file No. 161), entitled

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

House bill No. 529 (file No. 115), 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;

House bill No. 822 (file No. 111), 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.”

SPECIAL ORDER.

On motion of Mr. Lusk,

The House went into committee of the whole, on the special order, whereupon,

The Speaker called Mr. Donovan to the chair.

After some time spent therein, the committee rose, and through their chairman, made the following report:

The committee of the whole have had under consideration the following:

House bill No. 686 (file No. 112), entitled
A bill to provide for the local taxation of railroads;

Have made sundry amendments thereto, and have directed their chair-man to report the same back to the House, asking concurrence therein, and recommend its passage.

John Donovan,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

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

Mr. Chamberlain demanded the yeas and nays,
The demand was not seconded, and

The House then concurred in the amendments made by the committee to the bill, and it was placed on the order of third reading.

On motion of Mr. Crippen,
The House took a recess until 2 o'clock this afternoon.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

2 o'clock p. m.

The House met and was called to order by the Speaker.
Roll called: quorum present.
The House resumed the

SPECIAL ORDER.

On motion of Mr. Atkinson,

The House went into committee of the whole on the special order, whereupon,

The Speaker called Mr. Bemis to the chair.

After some time spent therein, the committee rose, and through their chairman, made the following report:

The committee of the whole have had under consideration the following:

1. House bill No. 221 (file No. 86), entitled

A bill to amend Sec. 9 of Art. 2 of act No. 198 of the public acts of 1873, being an act entitled “In act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to regulate the running and management, and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroad and other corporations owning or operating any railroad in this State," being compiler's Sec. 3323 of Howell's annotated statutes as amended by act 177 of the public acts of 1877, and act No. 116 of the public acts of 1883, and act No. 230 of the public acts of 1887, and act No. 202 of the public acts of 1889, and act No. 90 of the public acts of 1891, approved May 21, 1891;

2. House bill No. 34 (file No. 84), entitled

A bill to amend the general railroad law relative to meetings of stockholders, being Sec. 3 of Art. 2 of act No. 198 of the session laws of 1873, entitled "An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to 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," as said act was amended by act No. 61 of the session laws of 1875;

3. House bill No. 475 (file No. 109), entitled

A bill to repeal act No. 12 of the legislature of Michigan, passed at the annual session of 1846, entitled "An act to authorize the sale of the Central railroad and to incorporate the Michigan Central Railroad Company," approved March 28, 1846, and to designate a board to adjust any claim for damages on account of said repeal, and to authorize the incorporation of said railroad company under the general railroad laws of this State;

Have made no amendments thereto, and have directed their chairman to report the same back to the House, and recommend their passage.

The committee of the whole have also had under consideration the following:

4. House bill No. 409 (file No. 101), entitled

1 bill to provide a remedy for persons aggrieved by overcharging by railroad companies, and to provide a penalty for a violation of any provi. sion of the special railroad charters in this State by railroad companies operating under such special charters;

And have directed their chairman' to report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it be laid on the table.

The committee of the whole have also had under consideration the following: 5. House bill No. 425 (file No. 100), entitled

bill for public ingress and egress to and from railroad depots;

6. Senate bill No. 2 (file No. 61), entitled

A bill to amend Secs. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 of act No. 79 of the laws of 1873, entitled "An act to provide for the appointment of a Commissioner of Railroads and to define his powers, duties and fix his compensation," and the subsequent acts amendatory thereto, the same being compiler's Secs. 3285, 3286, 3288, 3289 and 3291 of Howell's annotated statutes, so as to provide for the election of said commissioner by the people, and to repeal Sec. 3 of said act, being compiler's Sec. 3287 of Howell's annotated statutes;

Have stricken out all after the enacting clause thereof, and have directed their chairman to report that fact to the House, asking concurrence therein.

Arthur L. Bemis,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The first, second and third named bills were placed on the order of third reading.

The question being on concurring in the recommendation of the committee relative to the fourth named bill,

The House concurred and it was laid on the table.

The question being on concurring in the action of the committee in striking out all after the enacting clause of the fifth named bill,

Mr. Atkinson demanded the yeas and nays.

The demand was seconded, and the action of the committee was not concurred in, by yeas and nays, as follows:

YEAS.

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Mr. Foote moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed;

Pending which,
On motion of Mr. Atkinson,
The bill was laid on the table.

The question being on concurring in the action of the committee in striking out all after the enacting clause of the sixth named bill,

The House concurred, and
The title and enacting clause were laid on the table.
Mr. Fuller moved to take from the table,
House bill No. 1046, entitled

A bill to amend act No. 215 of the public acts of 1895, entitled “An act to provide for the incorporation of cities of the fourth class;"

Which motion prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Fuller,
The bill was referred to the committee on City Corporations.
Mr. Campbell moved to take from the table,
House bill No. 430 (file No. 353), entitled
A bill making appropriations for the current expenses of the Michigan
State Normal School for the years 1897 and 1898, and for added library
facilities;

Which motion prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Campbell,
The bill was referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Edgar moved to take from the table,
House bill No. 1174, entitled

A bill to provide for the appointment of a commission to act in behalf of this State, in conjunction with a similar commission from the State of Ohio in securing definite ascertainment of the boundary line between the State of Michigan and the State of Ohio, and providing compensation therefor;

Which motion prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Edgar,
The bill was referred to the committee on State Affairs.
The House then took up the order of

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

By the committee on Drainage:
The committee on Drainage, to whom was referred
House bill No. 935, entitled

A bill to provide for the appropriation of five thousand acres of State swamp land for the purpose of cleaning out Shiawassee river in the county of Saginaw;

Respectfully report that they have bad the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the House, with the accompanying substitute therefor, entitled

A bill to provide for the appropriation of not to exceed five thousand acres of State swamp lands for the purpose of cleaning out Shiawassee river in the county of Saginaw, if deemed necessary by the Board of Control of State Swamp Lands;

Recommending that the substitute be concurred in, and that the substitute do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

Richard Pearson,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The question being on concurring in the substitute reported for the bill by the committee,

The House concurred.

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

By the committee on Judiciary:
The committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred
Senate bill No. 86 (file No. 77), entitled

A bill to amend Secs. 36, 37, 38 and 40 of Chap. 189 of the compiled laws of 1871, being compiler's Secs. 7585, 7586, 7587 and 7589 of Howell's annotated statutes relative to special juries;

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 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 referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

By the committee on Judiciary:
The committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred
House bill No. 339, entitled

A bill to limit the liability of sureties on bonds given on appeal from justice courts;

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.

A. J. Sawyer,

Chairman. Report accepted and committee discharged.

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

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

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