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expense of this commission. The committee will work without pay, but
necessarily they must be at some expense.
I would recommend the passage of a bill covering this matter.

Respectfully submitted,
ALBERT E. SLEEPER,

Governor.

Executive Office, Lansing,

June 4, 1919.

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

Sir :- I wish to call your attention to a measure that was introduced during the last session of the Legislature but which failed of passage, showing the desire of the State to pay some veterans of the Civil War a bounty claim, which without question is due them.

I think it is no more than right that they should have their back pay, for which they have been waiting a great many years. The comrades are very few in number that will be benefited by this law, and if they are to receive any benefit from it, the law should be passed at once. I wish to recommend the passage of such a law.

Respectfully submitted,
ALBERT E. SLEEPER,

Governor.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

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Mr. Evans introduced
House bill No. 1, entitled

A bill to amend section 10 of chapter 5 of Act No. 283 of the Public Acts of 1909, entitled “An act to revise, consolidate and add to the laws relating to the establishment, opening, improvement, maintenance and use of the public highways and private roads; the condemnation of property and gravel therefor; the building, repairing and preservation of bridges; setting and protecting shade trees, drainage, cutting weeds and brush within this State, and providing for the election and defining the powers, duties and compensation of State, county, township and district highway officials," being section 4387 of the Compiled Laws of 1915, as amended by Act No. 356 of the Public Acts of 1917, and to repeal section 10-a of chapter 5 of said act.

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

Mr. Howe introduced
House bill No. 2, entitled

A bill to regulate tlie hauling of trailers upon the public highways of this State by or with any motor truck or other motor propelled vehicle, and to provide a penalty for the violation thereof.

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

Mr. Aldrich introduced
House bill No. 3, entitled

A bill to amend sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9 of Act No. 19, Public Acts, of 1919, entitled "An act to provide for the construction, improvement and maintenance of trunk line highways," approved March 18, 1919.

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

Mr. Franklin Moore (by request of Mr. Wiley) introduced
House bill No. 4, entitled

A bill to promote the establishing of deep-water connections between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic ocean; to provide for a commission to carry out the object hereof; to make an appropriation for expenses , incurred hereunder, and to provide a tax to meet the same.

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

Mr. Case introduced
House bill No. 5, entitled

A bill to define the vocation of practical nursing; to provide for the examination, regulation, licensing and registration of practical nurses and prescribing the duties of the State Department of Health in relation thereto and to repeal acts and parts of acts in conflict therewith.

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

Mr. Case introduced
House joint resolution, entitled

A joint resolution with reference to dismissing proceedings now pending against the Traverse City, Leelanau and Manistique Railroad, and the settlement of taxes accrued and unpaid by said railroad company.

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

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. Haan moved that Major Earl R. Stewart, a former member of the House of Representatives and who served with the 32 Division in the World War, be invited to address the House, and that a special committee be appointed to escort Major Stewart to the Speaker's desk.

The motion prevailed.

The Speaker appointed as such committee Representatives Haan, Braman, Mol and Miller.

Major Stewart then delivered a short address.

By unanimous consent, the House returned to the order of

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

The Committee on Roads and Bridges, by Mr. Daprato, Chairman, reported

House bill No. 1, entitled

A bill to amend section 10 of chapter 5 of Act No. 283 of the Public Acts of 1909, entitled "An act to revise, consolidate and add to the laws relating to the establishment, opening, improvement, maintenance and use of the public highways and private roads; the condemnation of property and gravel therefor; the building, repairing and preservation of bridges; setting and protecting shade trees, drainage, cutting weeds and brush within this State, and providing for the election and defining the powers, duties and compensation of State, county, township and district highway officials," being section 4387 of the Compiled Laws of 1915, as amended by Act No. 356 of the Public Acts of 1917, and to repeal section 10a of chapter 5 of said act,

With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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

The Committee on Roads and Bridges, by Mr. Daprato, Chairman, reported

House bill No. 3, entitled

A bill to amend sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9 of Act No. 19, Public Acts of 1919, entitled "An act to provide for the construction, improvement and maintenance of trunk line highways, approved March 18, 1919," With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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

Mr. Dafoe arose to a question of personal privilege, and sent to the Clerk's desk and had read an article appearing in the Lansing State Journal of this date, criticizing the members of the committee on Roads and Bridges of the House of Representatives and the members of the committee on Highways of Senate for holding a joint session of the two. committees and refusing admission to the meeting of representatives of the press.

Mr. Dafoe gave notice that, at tomorrow's session, he would offer a resolution for the appointment of a committee to investigate the statements made in the article in the State Journal, and to make recommendations to the House of Representatives relative thereto.

Mr. Dehn also rose to a question of personal privilege, and stated that in his opinion the criticism was justified and that it should be the policy of the Legislative committees to have public hearings, instead of excluding those who furnish news to the people of what is done at such meetings.

Mr. Curtis moved that the House adjourn.
The motion prevailed.

The Speaker declared the House adjourned until tomorrow at 2 o'clock p. m.

CHARLES S. PIERCE, Clerk of the House of Representatives.

THIRD DAY.

Lansing, Thursday, June 5.

2:00 o'clock p. m.

The House was called to order by the Speaker.

Religious exercises were conducted by Rev. John Richard Command, of the Holy Rosary Church, of Detroit.

The roll of the House was called by the Clerk, who announced that a quorum was present.

Messrs. Ewing and Welsh were absent with leave.

Messrs. Byrum, Chase, Croll, Dunn, Fitzgerald, Glaspie, Haan, Howe, James, Liddy, Mosier, O'Brien, Edward G. Read, Frank A. Smith, John W. Smith, Newman Smith, Toepel, Warner, Wiley and Woodruff were absent without leave.

Mr. Brown moved that Messrs. Fitzgerald and James be excused from today's session.

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Sink moved that Mr. Wiley be excused from today's session.
The motion prevailed.

Mr. Lewis moved that Mr. Warner be excused from today's session. The motion prevailed.

Mr. Jerome moved that Mr. Croll be excused from today's session. The motion prevailed.

Mr. Dafoe moved that the other absentees without leave be excused from today's session.

The motion prevailed.

Mr. Curtis asked and obtained an indefinite leave of absence after today's session.

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