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Mr. Hart gave notice that at soine subsequent day he should ask leave to introduce a bill appropriating 25,000 acres of land granted by the General Government to this state for the purposes of internal improvement, to aid in the construction of the Northern Wagon Road from Port Huron, St. Clair county, to the waters of the Grand River.

Mr. Denton gave notice, that at a future day he should bring in a bill to amend an act entitled an act relative to common or primary schools.

Mr. Richmond asked and obtained leave of absence for Senator Hale for two days.

Mr. Denton asked and obtained leave of absence for Senator Allen for an indefinite period.

The President called Senator Mason to the chair.

Mr. Cust gave notice that at some future day he should ask leave to bring in a bill granting 10,000 acres of land for the improvement of the Grand River Turnpike.

Mr. Pratt moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolution relative to postage of officers and members of the Legislature was adopted, which motion did not prevail by the following vote:

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On motion of Senator Pratt, the Senate went into committee of the whole on the general order, Senator Cust in the chair.

When the coinmittee rose, they, through their chairman reported, that they had had under consideration a "bill to provide for the payment of Thomas Kealey for travel and attendance in claiming a seat as a member of the House of Representatives," to which no amendments had been made, and asked to be discharged.

The committee was discharged and the bill referred to the committee on finance.

On motion of Senator Pratt,

The "bill to incorporate the Ann Arbor female seminary," was

taken up.

Mr. Thurber moved it be referred to the committee on the judiciary, which motion prevailed; and,

On motion of Senator Denton,

Said committee were instructed to change the title of the bill to that of "a bill to incorporate the Misses Clark's school, at Ann Arbor."

The President returned to the chair, and announced Senators Richmond, Denton and Cust, the committee to revise the rules of the Sen

ate.

Mr. Cust, from the committee on finance, to whom was referred the "bill to provide for the payment of Thomas Kealey for travel and attendance in claiming his seat as a member of the House of Repsentatives," reported the same back with an amendment, making appropriation for the payment of officers and members of the Legisla

ture.

Mr. Thurber moved to fill the first blank with the word "three.' Mr. Denton moved to fill it with the word "two."

The question being first tak en on the motion of Mr. Thurber to fill with the "three" the motion prevailed and the blank was so filled.

Mr. Howell moved to reconsider the vote filling the first blank with the word "three," which motion did not prevail.

Mr. Thurber moved to fill the second blank with the word "three," which motion prevailed.

On motion of Senator Mason,

The third blank was filled with the word "six," and the fourth blank with the word "three."

Mr. Howell moved that the fifth blank be filled with the words "one dollar and fifty."

Mr. Denton moved to fill with the words "three dollars," which motion did not prevail.

Mr. Niles moved that the blank be filled with the words "two dollars," which motion was lost.

The question recurring on the motion of Senator Howell, the motion prevailed, and the blank was filled with the words "one dollar and fifty."

The amendment as amended was then adopted, and the bill read'

the third time and passed.

On motion of Senator Cust,

The title was so amended as to read "a bill to provide for the payment of officers and members of the legislature, and for other purposes."

The Senate thereupon adjourned.

Wednesday, January 15, 1845.

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Prayer by the Rev. Bishop McCoskry.

The journal of yesterday was read, corrected and approved.

Mr. Hart presented the petition of 81 citizens of Lapeer and Macomb counties, asking an alteration of the license laws, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Littlejohn from the committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred the "bill to incorporate the Ann Arbor Female Seminary," reported the same back with sundry amendments, which were severally concurred in.

Mr. Pratt moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment to section nine was adopted.

Mr. Cust moved that the further consideration of the bill be postponed till Monday next, which motion prevailed.

Mr. Cust, from the committee on finance, reported a "bill to provide for the sale of lands bid in by the State for delinquent taxes and for other purposes," which was read twice, laid on the table, and ordered printed.

Mr. Richmond, from the committee to revise the rules of the Senate, made the following report:

The committee appointed to revise the rules of the Senate, would respectfully report, that in their opinion the rules now governing the Senate are salutary, and effective in producing order, system and despatch in the transaction of business, with the exception of the 17th and 39th rules, which they propose to have amended as follows:

Rule 17th, by striking out the word "one," and inserting "four" in the place thereof.

Rule 39, by striking out the words "elected to the Senate," and inserting the word "present."

The amendments are suggested for the following considerations: Under rule 17, as now existing, one member may demand the yeas and nays; thereby embarrassing the progress of legislation, and causing great expense to the State without any corresponding good; whereas, by the constitution of the State, Art. 4, Sec. 12, one-fifth was contemplated as the number competent to require the entering of the yeas and nays upon the journal; and as four is the number which approaches nearest to the constitutional provision, your committee have selected it as necessary to sustain a demand for the entry of the yeas and nays on the record.

Under rule 39, the consent of two-thirds of the Senators elected, is required to rescind, alter, change, or suspend a standing rule or order of the Senate. In the minds of the committee there is a want of fitness and consistency in its requirements not easily reconciled with the constitution or good sense. Art. 4, Sec. 10, of that instrument, declares that a majority shall constitute a quorum to do business ;while the rule now existing, requires two-thirds of all the members elected to vote for a suspension or alteration of any standing rule or order under which they act.

For Illustration: Ter. members-that being a majority of the Se. nators elected-can pass laws, repeal statutes, appropriate money, &c., &c., while the vote of twelve Senators is necessary to suspend a rule or order of the Senate.

The committee, therefore, unanimously recommend the presen rules, with the amendments suggested, to be adopted for the government of the Senate during its present session; and that they be incorporated in the Legislative Manual about to be printed.

Mr. Howell moved that the report be laid on the table and printed, which motion was lost. And, on motion of Senator Cust, it was referred to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Chipman, from the select committee to whom was rererred the petition of Thomas K. Green, reported in favor of granting the prayer of the petition; and also reported a "bill to authorize the Commissioner of the Land Office to issue a certificate of purchase to Thomas K. Green."

The bill was read twice and referred to the committee of the whole,

and the bill and the roport ordered printed.

The following communication was announced:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

January 15, 1845.

To the President of the Senate:

SIR-I am instructed by the House of Representatives to transmit to the Senate, a "bill to provide for establishing and constructing a road from the village of Lyons, in, the county of Ionia, to the village of Ada, in the county of Kent, "which the House have passed and respectfully ask the concurrence of the Senate therein.

Also, to inform the Senate, that the House have concurred in the amendments of the Senate, to a "bill to provide for the payment of Thomas Kealy, for travel and attendance in claiming a seat as a member of the House of Representatives."

Your ob't servant,

EZRA WILLIAMS,

Clerk of House of Rep.

The bill to provide for establishing and constructing a road from the village of Lyons, in the county of Ionia, to the village of Ada, in the county of Kent, was read twice and referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

Mr. Littlejohn, pursuant to previous notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to amend an act, entitled an "act to provide for the assessment and collection of taxes, approved March 8, 1843," and Senators Littlejohn and Richmond were appointed a committee for that purpose, who reported the bill, which was read twice and referred to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Smith offered the following preamble and joint resolution: Whereas, The Honorable, the Senate, have decided that the people in the remote parts of Michigan, shall pay postage on our legislative documents received by them; and whereas, if members of the Legislature receive their mail free of postage, it would thereby compel our constituents to pay postage both ways, and members neither way; and whereas, our constituents, under the present arrangement, would be called on to discharge the whole expense of our private as well as our public correspondence. Therefore, be it

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State

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