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Executive Secretary-S. Edward Moore, Camp Hill, Cumberland County. StenographerMiss Sophia Witmyer, New Cumberland, Cumberland County.
Ollice-Capitol Building, Harrisburg. Dauphin County. It is the duty of this Commission to make an investigation of the laws organizing the several State departments, boards, bureaus, divisions and commissions, and prepare a plan for submission to the General Assembly reorganizing and consolidating the same. The report of the Commission shall have attached a bill or bills for the consideration of the General Assembly providing for such reorganization.
The sum of $5,000 was appropriated to carry into effect the provision of the Act.
COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE LAWS RELATING TO RECORDING OF DEEDS AND
(Authorized by Concurrent Resolution of June 17, 1915, P. L. 1088; Joint Resolutions of July
25, 1917, P. L. 1187, July 18, 1919, P. L. 231 and May 27, 1921, P. L. 1189.) Chairman-William P. Siegert, 508 Crozer Building, Philadelphia. Secretary-Albert L. Watson, 502 Scranton Life Building, Scranton, Lackawanna
The Commission appointed pursuant to concurrent Resolution of 1915 made a report to the General Assembly in 1921, and gave there'n a dozen reasons why the Pennsylvania Legislature of 1921 should adopt Senate Bill No. 57, known as the “Land Registration Act".
Under a Joint Resolution, approved May 27, 1921 P. L. 1189, the Commission is authorized to continue à further investigation and examinat:on of the various laws now in effect in the several states relating to the recording of deeds, mortgages and transfer of land, insurance of titles and the practical operation of such laws, and to propose such changes in the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth as to insure the best system of recording, and make reports and recommendations thereof to the next General Assembly in the year 1923.
PENAL CODE COMMISSION.
(Authorized by Act of July 25, 1917, P. L. 1188; Concurrent Resolution of June 23, 1919, P. L.
1211; and by Joint Resolution May 27, 1921, P. L. 1187.) Chairman-Edwin M. Abbott, 1028 Land Title Building, Philadelphia. Secretary and Draftsman-Richard W. Martin, 306 Frick Building, Pittsburgh,
This Commission, appointed by the Governor, is composed of five citizens of the Commonwealth, learned in the law, whose duty it shall be to revise, collate, and digest all acts and statutes relating to or touching the penal laws of the Commonwealth. Under the Act of May 27, 1921, the Commission was directed to continue its work, and to make a report tliereof to every member elect of the General Assembly, at the session of 1923, not later than the second Monday of December preceding the biennial session.
The sum of $5,000 was appropriated to the Commission for the payment of its expenses.
COMMISSION TO REVISE THE BANKING LAWS. (Authorized by Act of July 23, P. L. 1202; Act of July 21, 1919, P. L. 1056; and Act
of May 27, 1921 P. L. 1201.) Chairman-George D. Edwards, 5475 Darlington Road, (Commonwealth Trust
Company), Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
Law Assistant-Samuel D. Matlack, 437 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. This commission, consisting of five persons, was appointed by the Governor pursuant to the Act approved July 25, 1917, and, under Act of May 27, 1921, P. L, 1201, is continued for a further period of two years. The Commission is directed to codify and revise the laws relating to banks, private bankers, trust companies, savings institutions, building and loan associations, loan brokers, and all other corporations under the supervision of the Banking Department, as well as all other laws on matters and subjects relating to banking and correlative subjects as may be referred to the Commission by the Governor or the Banking Commissioner. The Commission shall report to the General Assembly at the session of 1923, and shall recommend such changes in the existing law as may seem desirable. The sum of $8,500 was appropriated to continue the work of the Commission.
TAX LAW REVISION COMMISSION. (Authorized by Act of July 18, 1919, Appropriation Acts, p. 229; and by Act of May 24, 1921,
P. L. 1077.)
In addition to the Commission appointed by the Governor pursuant to the act of July 18, 1919, the Governor under Act of May 24, 1921, P. L. 1077, is authorized to appoint two additional members to act with said Commission, whose duty it shall be to continue the work of revising, amending, consolidating, and simplifying the laws relating to the assessment, levy, and collection of taxes for county, city, borough, town, township, school, and poor purposes, and shall make report of its proceedings to the Governor and the General Assembly at the session of 1923, which report shall contain a draft or drafts of bills codifying the laws afores ud.
In accordance with the provisions of the Act of 1919, the commission presented a report in pamphlet form to the Governor and Legislature, under date of January 27, 1921. The sum of $5,000 was appropriated to continue the work of the Commiss.on.
MERCANTILE TAX LAW COMMISSION.
(Authorized by Concurrent Resolution of May 11, 1921, P. L. 1229.) Under this resolution, the Governor is authorized to appoint a Commission of nine, consisting of three members of the Senate, three members of the House of Representatives, and three citizens of the Commonwealth, to investigate the alleged inequalities of the Mercantile Tax Law and its administration. The Commission shall make a report with recoinmendations to the next General Assembly, including such drafts of legislation as it may deem necessary. The sum of $1,500 was appropriated for the expenses of the Commission, which had not been appointed at time of going to press.
COMMISSION TO CODIFY AND REVISE THE LAWS RELATING TO POOR DISTRICTS.
(Authorized by Act of April 13, 1921, P. L. 136.) Chairman-William J. Trembath, 804 Second National Bank Building, Wilkes
Barre, Luzerne County.
Under this Act, the Governor is authorized to appoint a Commission of three persons to codify and revise the laws relating to poor districts and the care of the poor, and report thereon to the next General Assembly, recommending such changes in the existing law as may seem desirable. The Legislative Reference Bureau is directed to render to the commissioners all necessary assistance required in the performance of their said duties.
The members of the Commission receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for all expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.
The Legislature of 1921 appropriated $2,500 for the purposes of this Act.
STATE TRUANCY SCHOOL COMMISSION.
(Authorized by Act of May 27, 1921, P. L, 1200.) This Act establishes a State Trnancy School for the proper care, training, and correction of habitual truants. For this purpose, a Commission composed of five citizens of the Commonwealth, to be appointed by the Governor, is authorized to acquire by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, suitable lands and buildings or vacant lands upon which proper buildings shall be erected, and the Commission shall have general control and management of such operation until such time as it is ready for occupancy, when it shall be taken over by the State Board of Education, and operated under its rules and regulations. The Legislature of 1921 uppropriated $180,000 for this purpose.
The Commission had not been appointed at time of going to press.
THADDEUS STEVENS EDUCATIONAL MEMORIAL COMMISSION.
(Authorized by Act of May 20, 1921, P. L. 1000.) Governor William C. Sproul, Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas E. Finegan, Harrisburg, Dauphin
This commission, composed of the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Honorable J. Hay Brown, of Lancaster, one citizen to be appointed by the President pro Tempore of the Senate, and one citizen to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall compile a brief biography of the life of Thaddeus Stevens, including full texts of some of his most famous speeches, and, when printed, shall be distributed to the various public schools of the Commonwealth, under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Under this Act the educational building to be erected in the Capitol grounds shall be known as “The Thaddeus Stevens Educational Memorial.”
COMMISSION FOR THE SELECTION OF A SITE AND THE ERECTION OF A STATE
INSTITUTION FOR INEBRIATES. (Authorized by Act of July 25, 1913, P. L. 1306; as amended by Act of July 25, 1917, P. L. 1212.) Chairman-James W. Shull, New Bloomfield, Perry County. Edwin P. Young, Towanda, Bradford County. Harry Keller, Bellefonte, Centre County. Samuel S. Woods, Lewistown, Mifflin County. (Two vacancies.)
This Commission is authorized to select a site and supervise the construction of an institution for the detention, care and treatment of inebriates, or persons habitually addicted to the use of alcoholic drink or intoxicating drugs, to be known as the State Institute for Inebriates.
The tract of land to be selected by the Comm'ssioners shall be accessible by railroad facilities from all parts of the Commonwealth and shall be well adapted to the preservation of the health, occupation and maintenance of the inmates of the institution. The plans for the buildings shall be selected by the Commissioners, and approved by the Governor. The Commission is empowered to appoint an architect, a superintendent of construction, a secretary, a stenographer, and such other employes as it shall deem necessary.
The Legislature of 1913 made an appropriation of $20,000 to carry out the provisions of this Act, but no further appropriation was made by the Legislature of 1915 on account of the reduced revenues of the State.
The Legislature of 1917 appropriated $100,000 for the purchase of additional land and the laying of water mains, sewers and drainage pipes; also $100,000 for the construction and erection of the necessary bu:ldings for the housing of the inmates and an administration building. As soon as buildings suffic nt to care for fifty patients shall be available such buildings shall be turned over to a board of nine trustees to be appointed by the Governor, who shall serve without compensation.
The members of the Commission receive no compensation but are allowed their Deessary expenses.
BUILDING COMMISSION, EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE, SELINSGROVE,
SNYDER COUNTY. (Authorized by Act of July 25, 1917, P. L. 1206, and by Ict of May 27, 1921, Appropriation
Acts p. 140.)
The plans and specifications shall provide for buildings capable of accommodating at least one thousand patients, and in such manner that additional accommodations may be provided without undue cost, from time to time, as appropriations for such purpose may be made. The Commission has purchased a site consisting of 500 acres of contiguous farm land, most beautifully located, nicely elevated and well dra:ned, about one mile west of Selinsgrove, Snyder County, for the location of the new hospital, the buildings for which will be started when funds are provided by the Legislature.
The Legislature of 1917 appropriated $52,000 for the purchase and improvement of the site, the preparation of plans and specifications for the building of said hospital, and the traveling and incidental expenses of the Commission ; and the Legislature of 1919 appropriated the further sum of $20,000 for the purchase of property upon wbich optinn had been taken.
When the General Assembly shall make an appropriation for the construction of the hospital, said Commission shall appoint a superintendent of construction, and such other persons as it may deem necessary to secure the speedy and economical construction of the buildings of said hospital, and the improvement of the said site, at such compensation as shall be fixed by the Commission.
When the General Assembly shall have made sufficient appropriations, and when the buildings are sufficiently constructed and furnished to accommodate five hundred patients, the Commission shall surrender its control over said hospital and buildings to a board of nine trustees, who shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Said trustees shall appoint a competent and skillful physician, of special training and experience in the treatment and care of the insane, who shall be superintendent of said hospital, and shall have charge, supervision, and direction of the hospital. The trustees are also authorized to appoint assistants, and any other employes as they may deem necessary, whose compensation they shall fix.
The Legislature of 1921 appropriated $8,000 for the purpose of improvements to reservoir, and such other emergencies that might arise in and about the property under the care of said Commission.