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INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

Mr. Kline introduced
Senate bill No. 430, entitled
A bill to authorize and instruct the State Treasurer to pay to

widow of William T. Densmore, the sum of two hundred ninety dollars, being the amount remaining in the State treasury unclaimed under Joint Resolution No. 7 of the Regular Session of 1899.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title, ordered printed, rules suspended, and referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations.

Mr. Murtha (by request), introduced
Senate bill No. 431, entitled

A bill to direct the Board of State Auditors to investigate, examine and settle the claim of Thomas Allen, of Detroit, Michigan, against the State of Michigan, for false arrest and imprisonment in the State prison at Jackson on the charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, of which charge the said Thomas Allen was afterward declared innocent.

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

Mr. Kingman introduced
Senate bill No. 432, entitled

A bill to amend section 7 of Act No. 81 of the Laws of 1873, entitled “An act to establish a State Board of Health; to provide for the appointment of a superintendent of vital statistics, and to assign certain duties to local boards of health," being section 4403 of the Compiled Laws of 1897, as amended by Act No. 18 of the Public Acts of 1905.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title, ordered printed, rules suspended, and referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations.

Mr. Watkins introduced
Senate bill No. 433, entitled

A bill to license the fishing for, taking or catching of black bass, speckled trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow or California trout, Lochleven trout, or steelhead trout, by non-residents of the State.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title, ordered printed, and referred to the Committee on Fisheries.

Mr. Snell introduced
Senate bill No. 434, entitled

A bill to prohibit drivers of milk wagons and other persons from opening mi k bottles, or in any way interfering with or molesting the caps or covers thereof after such bottle shall have been closed at the creamery, and during and after the process of delivery to patrons.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title, ordered printed, and referred to the Committee on Agricultural Interests.

Mr. Foster introduced
Senate bill No. 435, entitled

A bill to authorize the several counties of this State to receive donations of land and money for the maintenance of public parks.

The bill was read a first and second time by its title, ordered printed, and referred to the Committee on Counties and Townships.

Unanimous consent being obtained,

Mr. Weter moved to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of

Senate bill No. 351 (file No. 324), entitled

A bill to enable minors between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one years to contract for life, health or accident insurance.

The motion prevailed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor.

The bill having been read a third time, and the question being on the passage thereof,

The bill was then passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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THIRD READING OF BILLS.

v Senate bill No. 140 (file No. 130), entitled

A bill to authorize and direct the Board of State Auditors to acquire, furnish and maintain a residence for the use of the Governor of the State of Michigan, and to make an appropriation therefor;

Was read a third time and passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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NAYS.

Mr. Collins

Mr. Conley

Mr. Mapes

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The question being on agreeing to the title,
Mr. Freeman moved to amend the title so as to read as follows:

A bill to authorize and direct the Board of State Auditors to acquire or construct, furnish and maintain a residence for the use of the Governor of the State of Michigan, and to make an appropriation therefor.

The motion prevailed, and the title of the bill was so amended.
The title of the bill as amended, was then agreed to.

Senate bill No. 149 (file No. 139), entitled

A bill to provide for the assessment and the collection of a specific tax upon the class of credits founded upon and evidenced by mortgages and liens upon real property, and to repeal all acts and parts of acts in contravention thereto;

Was read a third time and passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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Mr. Taylor asked and obtained leave to have spread on the Journal the following explanation of the vote of the Senators recorded as voting “nay” on the above entitled bill:

"In'explanation of our negative vote on Senate bill No. 149 providing for specific tax on mortgages, we desire to say that the effect on such a law, as we understand it, will be to greatly reduce the revenue now derived from taxation of credits and allow easy evasion of such tax as is imposed, to largely increase taxes on all real estate including that owned by borrowers, to place the additional burden of the specific tax on borrowers and relieve money lenders of any share in the public burden of taxation; that it will exempt many million dollars of taxable value including practically all land contracts from every form of taxation; that it will not tend to materially reduce interest rates, and will deprive the counties, townships, cities, villages and school districts of the State of not less than seven hundred thousand dolfars per annum now received by them in local taxes on credits.

"We believe that a more opportune time for placing a specific tax

on mortgages, if at all, would be after the report of the expert tax
commission which has been authorized by the Legislature.
"Signed:

"JOHN CONLEY,
"LEONARD FREEMAN,
"F. B. KLINE,
“WALTER R. TAYLOR,
“ROBT. E. WALTER."

Senate bill No. 353 (file No. 326), entitled

A bill to amend section 25 of chapter 91 of the Revised Statutes of 1846, entitled “Jurisdiction, powers and procedure of probate courts," the same being section 669 of the Compiled Laws of 1897;

Was read a third time and passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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House bill No 321 (file No. 142), entitled

A bill relating to pandering, to define and prohibit the same, to provide for the punishment thereof, and for the competency of certain evidence at the trial thereof;

Pending the third reading of the bill,
Mr. Moriarty moved that the bill be laid on the table.
The motion prevailed.

House bill No. 96 (file No. 82), entitled A bill to amend section 2 of Chapter 9 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 officials;"

Was read a third time and passed, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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House bill No. 335 (file No. 171), entitled

A bill to make the breaking and entering, or entering without breaking at any time, any outside show case or other place used for the display of goods, wares or merchandise, with the intent to commit the crime of larceny, a felony, and providing a penalty therefor;

Was read a third time and passed, a majority of the Senators-elert voting therefor, by veas and nays, as follows:

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House bill No. 220 (file No. 79), entitled

A bill to prohibit certain classes of immoral advertising and provide punishment for violators thereof;

Was read a third time, and pending the taking of the vote on the passage thereof, Mr. Kline moved to amend the bill as follows:

By striking out of line 10 of section 1 the word "weakness” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “vice."

The question being on receiving the amendment,

The amendment was received, a majority of the Senators-elect voting therefor.

The amendment was then adopted.
The question being on the passage of the bill,

The bill was then passed, a majority of the Senators elect voting there. fer, by yeas and nays, as follows:

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