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Brevier Legislative Reports, Volume XXI, 1883, 311 pp.
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 1883-10 a. m.

The House was called to order by the Speaker, who announced prayer by Rev. Mr. Talmage, of Indianapolis.

Mr. HEFFREN moved that the reading of the journal of last Saturday's proceedings be dispensed with.

Mr. WILLIAMS, of Knox, objected to the motion, as he was of the opinion that the minutes would show that the constitutional restrictions in a certain case were not properly suspended.

On motion by Mr. PRICE the reading of the journal, except pages 158 and 159, was dispensed with.

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES.

The following described bills were reported back from Committees with a recommendation that further action be indefinitely postponed, which reports were concurred in unless otherwise stated:

Mr. Wilson's, of Kosciusko, bill [H. R. 234] to amend Section 1 of an act to protect sheep husbandry.

Mr. Patten's bill [H. R. 165] to repeal Sections 4,834 and 4,833 of the Revised Statutes of 1883, concerning legal enclosure.

Mr. Howland's bill [H. R. 179] to encourage the formation of voluntary associations for the encouragement of agriculture in all its forms.

PUBLICATION OF SOCIETY REPORTS.

Mr. HOWLAND desired that the report would not be concurred in. If it was the sense of the Committee he would not object to striking out that provision of the bill which provided for an appropriation by the State to pay for the publication of reports of these several Societies. He thought that these Societies are composed of the industrious and representative men of almost page: 224[View Page 224] every County in the State. They meet in Indianapolis every year to hold their annual meetings. They ask this appropriation for the purpose of publishing their reports that the farmers all over the State may have the benefit of their reports and statistics.

Mr. MUTZ could see no necessity for this bill at the present time. He had no objections to these Societies, but he did not think they should ask the State to pay their expenses.

Mr. OILMAN favored the report of the Committee to indefinitely postpone. He was of the opinion that the^e same reports were to be found in the reports of the State Board of Agriculture. He was not in favor of taxing the whole people to pay the expense of Associations composed of a few persons.

Mr. SMITH, of Tippecanoe, was in favor of doing every thing possible to encourage the agricultural, mechanical and other Associations of 'the State. He favored the suggestion of the gentleman from Marion [Mr. Howland] to press the bill, if necessary, without the appropriation.

Mr. DEEM was astonished at the report of the Committee. He was satisfied that the Committee labored under a misapprehension concerning the provision of the measure. It is a bill to encourage stock raising, wool growing and cane growing, etc. The appropriation asked is to publish these reports that they may be scattered among the farmers of the State. The reports are not introduced simply for the breeders and stock men, but they are for all farmers.

On motion by Mr. DEEM the report of the Committee was laid on the table and the bill was ordered engrossed.

BILLS INDEFINITELY POSTPONED

by reports from Committees, as follows:

Mr. Shaffer's bill [H. R. 11] concerning the State Board of Health.

Mr. Whitsit's bill [H. R. 274] to amend Section 9 in relation to laying out, widening and opening streets and highways.

Mr. Pulse's bill [H. R. 410] to provide for the subdividing of lands and lots.

Mr. Weaver's bill [H. R. 311] to fix time of paying taxes in cities.

Mr. Chittenden's bill [H. R. 306] to amend Section 1 of an act to amend Section 53 of an act relating to the incorporation of cities and towns.

Mr. Moody's bill [H. R. 317] to amend Sections 9 and 27 of an act concerning roads and highways.

PUBLICATION OF INSURANCE STATEMENTS.

Mr. Heffren's bill [H. R. 251] to amend Section 1 of an act in regard to foreign Insurance Companies.

Mr. HEFFREN hoped that the report of the Committee to indefinitely postpone would not be concurred in. He could not see any reason, and did not think any member could see any good reason why two papers in the city of Indianapolis should have exclusive right to publish these statements. Not one-tenth of the voters of the State take these Indianapolis papers. He was in favor of having these statements published in the papers of the different Counties of the State wherever these Companies have established agencies.

Mr. SMITH, of Tippecanoe, was in favor of good Insurance Companies, and very much opposed to poor Insurance Companies. He desired to be fair to the Companies as well as to the people, and he thought this bill would require the Companies to publish statements in ninety-two Counties, which he thought would be somewhat of a hardship.

Mr. WILLIAMS, of Knox, desired to say in behalf of the Committee that this report reflected the sentiment of each individual member of the Committee. After a careful consideration of the question the Committee decided that the beat thing to do was to leave this law as it is now. The present law has given substantial satisfaction to the Companies, and substantial satisfaction to the State officers.

Mr. JEWETT moved that the bill be recommitted to the Committee on Insurance, with instruction that the bill be amended so as to require Insurance Companies to publish these statements in the papers of the several Counties in which said Companies were doing business. The motion was agreed to.

Mr. Montgomery's bill [H. R. 246] to compel Foreign Insurance Companies doing business in this. State to pay judgments rendered against them in one year from the time the judgment was rendered, unless an appeal is taken, was recommended to be indefinitely postponed.

On motion by Mr. MONTGOMERY, the report of the Committee to indefinitely postpone was laid on the table, and the bill was ordered engrossed.

INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.

Mr. Chittenden's bill [H. R. 215] to empower cities and towns to tax foreign Insurance Companies, and

Mr. Smith's bill [H. R. 46] to amend Section of the act concerning drainage, were indefinitely postponed.

SESSION HOURS.

Mr. HEFFREN called from the table his proposed amendment to House rule 74, that the House meet at 9 a. m. and 2 p. m., which was taken up and read and adopted.

Mr. JEWETT made an ineffectual motion that when the House adjourn it be until 7 o'clock this evening.

NEW PROPOSITIONS.

The following described bills were introduced, read the first time and severally passed to the second reading:

By Mr. MOCK [H. R. 421] to divide the State of Indiana into Congressional Districts.

By Mr. ROBINSON [H. R. 422] to amend Section 3,704 of the Revised Statutes concerning foreign Insurance Companies.

By Mr. JEWETT [H. R. 423] to authorize the Trustees of the State Insane Asylum to donate land for the purpose of opening up streets.

By Mr. BRYANT [H. R. 424] to amend Section 34 of an act concerning drainage.

By Mr. MELLETT [H. R. 425] to amend Section 4,232 of the Revised Statutes of 1881 concerning relocation of County seats.

By Mr. WEAVER [H. R. 426] to provide the fees and salaries of County Treasurer.

By Mr. JEWETT [H. R. 427] to amend Sections 8, 29, 71 and 87 of the act dividing the State into Counties.

By Mr. NAVE [H. R. 428] to amend Sections 20 of an act concerning elections and the contest thereof.

By Mr. PETERS [H. R. 429] to appropriate money for the erection of a family building and putting in gas mains at the House of Refuge, and appropriating $20,000 therefor.

PROHIBITION AMENDMENT.

Mr. HUSTON offered a joint resolution to agree to and adopt the amendment proposed to the Constitution by the last General Assembly, by inserting Article 17, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and keeping for sale of liquors of all kinds, etc., which was read the first time and passed to the second reading, and made a special order for 2 o'clock tomorrow.

The House adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow under the rule adopted this afternoon.

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