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SENATE CHAMBER,

DES MOINES, Iowa, Wesday, February 21, 1894.}

Senate met in regular session at 10 o'clock a. M., and was called to

order by President pro tem. Finn.

Prayer was offered by Rev. T. S. Oadams, of Keosauqua, Iowa.

PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS.

Senator Yeomans presented a petition from citizens of Woodbury county, asking for an appropriation of $25,000 for the State Agricultural Society.

Referred to Committee on Agriculture.

Senator Carpenter presented a petition from citizens of Louisa county, on the same subject.

Same reference.

Senator Bishop presented a petition from citizens of Sioux county, Iowa, asking for the passage of a law prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors under sixteen years of age.

Referred to Committee on Public Health.

Also:

A petition on the same subject from the Epworth League of Lester,

Iowa.

Same reference.

Senator Jewett presented a petition on the same subject from Keystone League and Christian Endeavor Society of Manly, Iowa.

Same reference.

Also:

A petition from Epworth League of Osage, Iowa, on the same subject.

Same reference.

Senator Penrose presented three petitions from citizens of Tama county protesting against repeal of the prohibitory law.

Referred to Committee on Suppression of Intemperance.

Senator Turner presented two petitions from L. Beatrice Servis and others of Albion, Iowa, on same subject.

Same reference.

Senator Palmer presented a petition from four hundred citizens and ladies of Henry county, asking for woman suffrage.

Referred to Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Suffrage.

Senator Kelly presented a petition on the same subject from one hundred and forty ladies of Johnson county.

Same reference.

Senator Bishop presented a petition on the same subject from citizens of Ireton, Sioux county, Iowa.

Same reference.

Also:

A petition from residents of Ireton, Sioux county, asking the passage of the bill raising the age of consent.

Same reference.

Senator Harper presented a memorial from the Charity Organization Society of Burlington, Iowa, requesting passage of a law establishing a State board of charities.

Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

Also:

Resolutions from Mathias Post No. 5, G. A. R., favoring the soldiers' exemption clause of the Harsh revenue law and suggesting changes.

Same reference.

Senator Rowen presented a petition from Junction City Lodge No. 211, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and Division No. 104, Order of Railway Conductors, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, in favor of the bill to prevent oppressive garnishments and the transferring of claims for the purpose of depriving debtors of their exemption rights. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

By Senator Craig, by request, Senate file No. 279, a bill for an act limiting the time in which an action may be brought on an insurance policy, and providing that insurance companies shall give the assured notice of pleading such limitations.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Insur

ance.

By Senator Ellis, Senate file No. 280, a bill for an act to amend section 1 of chapter 40 of the acts of the Twenty-second General Assembly.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Judiciary.

By Senator Garst, Senate file No. 281, a bill for an act to amend

section 1606 of the Code of Iowa, by enlarging the powers of the board of trustees of the State Agricultural College and farm.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Judiciary.

By Senator Grone weg, Senate file No. 282, a bill for an act to protect county bridges against stock driven over the same.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on High

ways.

By Senator Harper, Senate file No. 283, a bill for an act to estab lish a State Board of Charities.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

By Senator Kilburn, Senate file No. 254, a bill for an act to legalize the incorporation of St. Charles (Madison county) and all acts of its council passed since said town was incorporated.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Judiciary. Senator Harmon in the chair.

By Senator Reynolds, by request, Senate file No. 285, a bill for an act relating to the licensing of plumbers and the supervision of the business of plumbing.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Public Health.

By Senator Conaway, Senate file No. 286, a bill for an act to amend section 1, chapter 5, Acts of the Twenty-fourth General Assembly, in relation to the protection of the public health.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Public Health,

By Senator Perry, Senate file No. 287, a bill for an act to provide for the liability of operators of coal mines, the negligence of agents and other employes in certain cases.

Read first and second times and referred to Committee on Mines and Mining.

President Dungan in the chair.

MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE.

The following message was received from the House:

MR. PRESIDENT-I am directed to inform your honorable body that the House has passed the following bills in which the concurrence of the Senate is asked. House file No. 174, a bill for an act to amend section 3832 of the Code, in relation to the publication of legal notices.

House file No. 273, a bill for an act to pay the expenses of A. W. Richardson contestee in the contested election case from Jackson county.

I. K. WILSON,

Chief Clerk.

Also:

MR. PPESIDENT-I am directed to inform your honorable body that the House has passed the following bill, in which the concurrence of the House was asked: Senate file No. 231, a bill for an act to remove a cloud from the title to certain land for the relief of Dudley W. Adams.

I. K. WILSON,

Chief Clerk.

Senators Upton and Dent were granted leaves of absence. Senator Conaway asked leave to withdraw his resolution of yesterday relative to the sergeant-at-arms' page.

Leave granted and resolution withdrawn.

Senator Conaway offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the name of Fred Shafer be placed upon the roll of pages, to be under the direction of the sergeant-at-arms, and as he has been continuously on duty, that his pay for services commence with the date of other pages.

Laid over under the rule.

HOUSE MESSAGES.

House file No. 174, a bill for an act to amend section 3832 of the Code, in relation to the publication of legal notices, was read first and second times and referred to Committee on Judiciary.

House file No. 273, a bill for an act to pay the expenses of A. W. Richardson, contestee in the contested election case from Jackson county, was read first and second times and referred to Committee on Judiciary.

The time for the special order, being the vote on Joint Resolution No. 4, having arrived, Senator Finn moved that the vote be postponed one week.

Upon this the yeas and nays were demanded.

On the question, "Shall the vote on the joint resolution be postponed?" the yeas were:

Messrs. Andrews, Baldwin, Boardman, Brower, Chantry, Cheshire, Conaway, Craig, Eaton, Everall, Finn, Harmon, Henderson, Jamison, Jewett, Kelly, Kilburn, Lewis, Mattoon, Penrose, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Riggen, Rowen, Waterman, Yeomans-27.

The nays were:

Messrs. Bishop, Carpenter, Downey, Ellis, Garst, Gorrell, Green, Groneweg, Harper, Harsh, Hipwell, Hurst, Lehfeldt, Palmer, Terry, Turner, Vale-17.

Absent or not voting:

Messrs. Dent, Funk, Oleson, Perrin, Rea, Upton-6.

So the vote on Joint Resolution No. 4 was postponed one week.

Senator Perry offered the following explanation of his vote:

MR. PRESIDENT-While I am opposed to the principle of woman suffrage, its. friends on this floor should be given the right to control the consideration of the resolutions. They desire a postponement for one week and I know of no reason why their wish should not be granted. As I was not present during the discussion prior to engrossment, I shall ask leave at the proper time to be heard upon the merits of the resolutions. I vote "Yea "

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Senator Harmon, from the Committee on Judiciary, submitted the following report:

MR. PRESIDENT-Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred Senate file No. 1, a bill for an act to legalize the levy and taxes levied by the board of supervisors of Pottawattamie county, for the years 1888, 1889, 1890, beg leave to report that they have had the same under consideration and have instructed me to report the same back to the Senate with the recommendation that the same be amended by adding at the end of line 4 of section 1, the following words:

"Provided however that nothing in this act shall be construed to affect in any manner any such taxes concerning which there is any litigation pending in any of the courts of this State or for the refund or repayment of which any claim has been filed with the county auditor of said county."

Also that the same be indefinitely postponed.

Ordered passed on file.

Also:

M. W. HARMON,

Chairman.

MR. PRESIDENT-Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred Senate file No. 194, a bill for an act to amend section 461 of the Code of Iowa, in reference to the establishment and maintenance of free public libraries, beg leave to report that they have had the same under consideration and have instructed me to report the same back to the Senate with the recommendation that section 1 be amended to read as follows:

"Section 1. That section 461 of the Code of lowa be and the same is hereby amended, by adding the words "assess and levy a tax, and" after the word "may" in the fourth line of said section, and also the words "of the tax assessed and levied "after the word "amount" in the eighth line of said section. Also by striking out the word "appropriated" in the eighth line of said section."

Also that the words " Iowa State" shall be stricken out of line 3, of section 2, and the word "Des Moines" inserted in lieu thereof, and that when so amended the same do pass.

Ordered passed on file.

M. W. HARMON.

Chairman.

Also:

MR. PRESIDENT-Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred Senate file No. 267, a bill for an act to legalize the official acts of J. C. Myers as mayor of the incorporated town of Fairbank, Iowa, beg leave to report that they have had

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