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Mr. Miller from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice submitted the following report: To the Honorable, the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

The Committee on Judicial Department and Practice to whom was referred House Bill No. 151, being a bill for "An act to amend section 14 of an act entitled 'An act in regard to garnishment,'” respectfully begs leave to report the same back with an amendment thereto, and recommend that the amendment be adopted and that the bill, as amended, do pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Miller from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice submitted the following report: To the Honorable, the Speaker of the House of Representatires: : The Committee on Judicial Department and Practice, to whom was referred Bill No. 142, being a bill for "An act authorizing cities to employ justices of the peace as public magistrates," respectfully begs leave to report the same back with amendment thereto, and recommend that the amendments be adopted and that the bill, as amended, do'pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Miller from the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice to whom was referred House Bill No. 159, being a bill for “An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to amend section seventy (70) of chapter three (3) of an act in regard to the administration of

approved June 5, 1889, in force July 1, 1889, reports the same back and recommends that it do pass.

The report of the committee was adopted, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Hunter from the joint Committee on Enroiled Bills begs leave to report that a bill of the following title has been correctly enrolled, signed by the presiding officers of both Houses and on the 17th day of February, A. D. 1897, were laid before the Governor for his approval, viz.:

HOUSE BILL No. 7. An act to amend section four of "An act to establish and maintain the Eastern Illinois State Normal School," approved May 22, 1895.

The House proceeding upon the order of Introduction of Bills, the roll was called for that purpose, whereupon,

Mr. Booth introduced a bill, House Bill No. 302, a bill for “An act to require telephone companies to maintain offices at county seats for the accommodation of the public.”

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Mr. Booth introduced a bill, House Bill No. 303, a bill for “An act to amend section 63 of an act entitled 'An act in regard to elections

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and to provide for filling vacancies in elective offices,'” approved April 3, 1872, in force July 1, 1872.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Elections.

Mr. Cochran introduced a bill, House Bill No. 304, a bill for "An act making appropriation for the Soldiers' Widows' Home of Illinois for the two years beginning July 1, 1897, and ending July 1, 1899."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Mr. Compton introduced a bill, House Bill No. 305, a bill for "An act to amend an act to regulate the reporting the decisions of the Supreme Court of this State, to fix the compensation of the reporter, to fix the price of said report, to provide for the purchase of certain copies thereof by the State and for their distribution," approved May 17, 1877, in force July 1, 1877.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice.

Mr. Hammers introduced introduced a bill, House Bill No. 306, a bill for “An act to amend section 2, article 7, of an act entitled 'An act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,'" approved and in force May 21. 1889.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Education.

Mr. Hammers introduced a bill, House Bill No. 307 a bill for "An act declaring express companies or corporations common carriers and providing for their government and control, and empowering the Board of Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners to regulate and fix charges made by said company or corporations."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Mr. Horn introduced a bill, House Bill No. 308, a bill for an “An act making an appropriation for the Illinois Asylum for FeebleMinded Children for two years, beginning July 1, 1897, and ending June 30, 1899."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Mr Flannigan introduced a bill, House Bill No. 309, a bill for “An act allowing poor persons to appeal from decisions of justices of the peace without bonds."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Johnson, of Whiteside, introduced a bill, House Bill No. 310, a bill for “An act to provide for the payment of damages to land sustained by the owner thereof by the construction of a dam on the Illinois river, near Henry, in Marshall county, Illinois.”

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Mr. Kilcourse introduced a bill, House Bill No. 311, a bill for "An act to fix rates to be charged by common carriers maintaining offices within any municipality.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Corporations.

Mr. Salmans introduced a bill, House Bill 312, a bill for "An act to amend sections 1, 2 and 14 of an act entitled 'An act concerning jurors, and repeal certain acts therein named,'” approved and in force February 11, 1874.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judicial Department and Practice.

Mr. Sayler introduced a bill, House Bill No. 313, a bill for "An act to prohibit the passing of cases in courts of record."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Selby introduced a bill, House Bill No. 314, a bill for “An act making appropriations for the State Board of Agriculture, to be used in the construction of permanent buildings and improvements, and for beautifying the State Fair Grounds at Springfield, Illinois."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Mr. Steen introduced a bill, House Bill No. 315, a bill for "An act to regulate the employment of children in the State of Illinois and to provide for the enforcement thereof."

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Labor and Industrial Affairs.

Mr. Sterchie introduced a bill, House Bill No. 316, a bill for "An act to amend sections 8 and 11 of article 3, and section 2 of article 7 of an act entitled 'An act regulating the holding of elections and declaring the result thereof in cities and incorporated towns in this State," " approved June 19, 1895, in force July 1, 1895.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Elections.

Mr. Wbite introduced a bill, House Bill No. 317, a bill for "An act to amend section 1 of an act entitled 'An act to provide for the dissolution of drainage districts,'” approved June 4, 1889, in force July 1, 1889.

The bill was taken up, read by title, ordered printed and referred to the Committee on Farm Drainage.

The House proceeding upon the order of Reports of Standing Committees.

Mr. Allen, from the Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred House Bill No. 129, being a bill for “An act authorizing courts of equity to order the sale of real estate and reinvest the proceeds thereof,” reported the same back with amendments, and recommended that it do pass.

The report of the committee was adopted, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Allen, from the Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred House Bill No. 51, being a bill for “An act in regard to appeals and writs of error in courts of record,” reported the same back with amendments, and recommended that it do pass.

The report of the committee was adopted, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Charles A. Allen, from the Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred House Bill No. 18, being a bill for “An act to amend section 5 of an act entitled 'An act in regard to evidence and depositions in civil cases,"” approved March 29, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, and all amendments thereof, reported the same back, and recommended that it do

pass. The report of the committee was adopted, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Allen, from the Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred House Bill No. 74, being a bill for “An act to amend section one (1) of an act entitled 'An act in regard to evidence and depositions in civil cases,'” approved March 29, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, and to repeal sections two (2), four (4), five (5) and seven (7) of said act, reported the same back with amendments, and recommended that it

do pass.

The report of the committee was adopted, and the bill ordered to its first reading.

Mr. Allen, from the Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the following resolution:

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein: That there shall be submitted to the voters of this State at the next election for members of the General Assembly, a proposition to so amend section twentyeight of article six of the Constitution that the same shall read as follows:

Instead of justices of the peace and police magistrates in cities, villages and incorporated towns containing fifty thousand or more inhabitants, there shall be established a convenient number of district courts. Such courts and the judges thereof shall have the same jurisdiction and powers as the justices of the peace, and such further jurisdiction and powers may be prescribed by the General Assembly. The judges and clerks of such courts shall be appointed or elected in such manner and for such term as shall be provided by the General Assembly. All fees shall be accounted for by the respective clerks receiving the same and paid into their respective city, village or town treasuries monthly

The salaries of the judges, clerks, and deputy clerks shall be fixed by the General Assembly, and paid out of the respective city, village or town treasuries. No salary shall be increased or diminished during the term of office of the officer to whom it is payable. Instead of constables, there shall be a high constable of such city, village or incorporated town, who shall have the right to appoint deputies. Such high constable shall be appointed or elected, as shall be provided by the General Assembly. He and his deputies shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as constables, with such further powers and duties as shall be prescribed by such General Assembly: No summons, attachment, replevin, or other first process, except in criminal cases, issued by any justice of the peace, or police magistrate, shall run within the jurisdiction of any such district court.

Until such courts are organized, the justices of the peace, police magistrates and constables heretofore provided for, shall be continued the same as if this article had not been amended.

Reported the same back and recommended that it be adopted.

Mr. Perrottet, from the Committe on County and Township Organization, made the following report: To the Honorable, the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

The Committee on County and Township Organization, to whom was referred House Bill No. 4, being a bill for "An act to amend section twentyfive (25) of chapter thirty-four (34) of the Revised Statutes of Illinois, entitled "An act to revise the law in relation to counties," approved and in force March 31, 1874, respectfully begs leave to report the same back and recommend that it do not pass.

The report of the committee was concurred in and the bill was ordered to lie upon the table.

The House proceeding upon the order of House bills on first reading,

House Bill No. 71, a bill for “An act to amend section two (2) of an act entitled 'An act concerning circuit courts, and to fix the time of holding the same in the several counties in the judicial circuits in the State of Illinois, exclusive of Cook county,' approved May 24, 1879, and in force July 1, 1879, and amended by an act approved June 17, 1891, in force July 1, 1891,” giving to Saline county an additional term of court, and changing the March term of Saline county to the first Monday in April,

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading.

House Bill No. 244, a bill for “An act in relation to the election of aldermen in cities under the minority representation plan,”

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading

House Bill No. 109, a bill for "An act for the participation of the State of Illinois in the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition,”

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading.

House Bill No. 53, a bill for "An act appropriating thirty-one thousand dollars for the purpose of furnishing and caring for the memorial hall constructed in the public library building in the city of Chicago,"

Was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading

Mr. Selby moved that when this House adjourn it adjourn to meet at 9 o'clock a. m. Friday, February 19, 1897.

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