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INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.

The following bills were introduced, each of which were read by title:

By Mr. Lantz, Senate Bill No. 1, a bill for "An Act to limit the indebtedness of counties having a population of less than 500,000 and cities, townships, school districts and other municipal corporations having a population of less than 300,000.”

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Lantz, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Woods, Senate Bill No. 2, a bill for "An Act to amend section 2 of 'An Act concerning the levy and extension of taxes,' approved May 9, 1901, in force July 1, 1901, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Woods, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Woods, Senate Bill No. 3, a bill for "An Act to amend section 16 of 'An Act to provide for the partial support of mothers, and for the probationary visitation, care and supervision of the family for whose benefit such support is provided,' approved June 30, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Woods, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Woods, Senate Bill No. 4, a bill for "An Act to amend section 4 of 'An Act in relation to the employment or maintaining of musical bands by municipalities,' approved June 26, 1925, in force July 1, 1925, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Woods, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Woods, Senate Bill No. 5, a bill for "An Act to amend section 3 of 'An Act to enable cities and villages having a population not to exceed five hundred thousand (500,000), to establish and maintain public and municipal coliseums,' approved June 27, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Woods, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Woods, Senate Bill No. 6, a bill for "An Act to amend sections 1 and 3 of 'An Act to authorize towns having a population of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants to purchase, acquire, establish, erect and maintain community buildings,' approved June 30, 1919, in force July 1, 1919, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Woods, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Woods, Senate Bill No. 7, a bill for "An Act to amend sections 11 and 51 of an Act entitled, 'An Act to provide for the creation, setting apart, maintenance, and administration of a policemen's annuity and benefit fund in cities having a population exceeding two hundred thousand inhabitants,' approved June 29, 1921, in force July 1, 1921, as amended.'"

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Woods, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Jewell, Senate Bill No. 8, a bill for "An Act to amend section 1 of An Act to provide for the setting apart, formation and disbursement of a police pension fund in cities, villages and incorporated towns in the State of Illinois, having a population of not less than 5,000 and not more than 200,000 inhabitants,' approved June 14, 1909, in force July 1, 1909, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Jewell, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Jewell, Senate Bill No. 9, a bill for "An Act to amend section 1 of 'An Act to provide for the assessment and collection of a general tax by cities for parks and boulevard purposes,' approved and in force June 17, 1893, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Jewell, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Jewell, Senate Bill No. 10, a bill for "An Act to amend section 2 of 'An Act to enable counties to establish and maintain a municipal hall and to operate the same and to control or regulate the use thereof, and to enable any county and any municipality within such county to arrange, upon such terms and conditions as they may agree upon, for the establishment, maintenance and operation of a municipal hall upon any land owned or controlled within such county by such municipality,' approved and in force June 1, 1927, as amended." By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Jewell, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Telford, Senate Bill No. 11, a bill for "An Act to amend section 12 of 'An Act to create sanitary districts and to provide for sewage disposal,' approved June 22, 1917, in force July 1, 1917, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Telford, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second; reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Telford, Senate Bill No. 12. a bill for "An Act to amend section 12 of 'An Act to create sanitary districts, and to remove obstructions in the Des Plaines and Illinois Rivers,' approved May 29, 1889, in force July 1, 1889, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Telford, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Telford, Senate Bill No. 13, a bill for "An Act to amend section 2 of 'An Act concerning zoological parks in forest preserve districts,' approved June 28, 1923, in force July 1, 1923, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Telford, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Cuthbertson, Senate Bill No. 14, a bill for "An Act to amend section 22 of 'An Act to provide for the organization of park districts and the transfer of submerged lands to those bordering on navigable bodies of water,' approved June 24, 1895, in force July 1, 1895, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Cuthbertson, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Cuthbertson, Senate Bill No. 15, a bill for "An Act to amend section 58 of 'An Act to revise the law in relation to roads and bridges,' approved June 27, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Cuthbertson, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Cuthbertson, Senate Bill No. 16, a bill for "An Act to amend section 211 of 'An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,' approved and in force June 12, 1909, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Cuthbertson, the bill was at once taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 17, a bill for "An Act to provide for committees, conventions, delegates and officers of political parties, and to define their powers."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 18, a bill for "An Act to provide for committees, conventions, delegates and officers of political parties, and to define their powers."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 19, a bill for "An Act to amend sections 4, 512, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14 and 15 of 'An Act to provide for the printing and distribution of ballots at public expense, and for the nomination of candidates for public offices, to regulate the manner of holding elections, and to enforce the secrecy of the ballot,' approved June 22, 1891, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 20, a bill for "An Act to amend section of Article II of 'An Act regulating the holding of elections and

declaring the result thereof in cities, villages and incorporated towns in this State,' approved June 19, 1885, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 21, a bill for "An Act to provide for and regulate the holding of primary elections by political parties.” By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 22, a bill for "An Act to provide for the holding of primary elections by political parties for the nomination of members of the General Assembly."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Joyce, Senate Bill No. 23, a bill for "An Act to amend sections 29 and 30 of 'An Act in regard to elections, and to provide for filling vacancies in elective offices,' approved April 3, 1872, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Joyce, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Huebsch, Senate Bill No. No. 24, a bill for "An Act to amend section 12 of 'An Act for the registry of electors and to prevent fraudulent voting,' approved and in force February 15, 1865, as amended."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Huebsch, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Meents, Senate Bill No. 25, a bill for "An Act to make an appropriation to pay the compensation of the commissioners heretofore or hereafter appointed under the provisions of 'An Act to authorize the appointment of Commissioners of the Supreme Court and to define their duties and fix their compensation,' approved July 7, 1927." By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Meents, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Meents, Senate Bill No. 26, a bill for "An Act making an appropriation for the payment of mileage and incidental expenses to each member of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Fiftyfifth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, at the first special session thereof."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Meents, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Meents, Senate Bill No. 27, a bill for "An Act making an appropriation for the payment of the officers of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, at the first special session thereof."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Meents, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

By Mr. Meents, Senate Bill No. 28, a bill for "An Act making appropriations for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Fiftyfifth General Assembly, at the first special session thereof."

By unanimous consent, on motion of Mr. Meents, the bill was taken up and read at large a first time and ordered to a second reading and to be printed.

Mr. Courtney offered the following resolution, which was laid over under the rule:

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 6.

WHEREAS, The General Assembly of Illinois has been attempting in vain for 42 years to confer upon the voters of each party the power to determine who shall be their candidates for public office; and we are now convened in special session to untangle the legal mess resulting from our last effort in that direction; and

WHEREAS, These efforts with their mistakes and errors may be imperfectly summarized as follows:

(a) In 1885 an optional delegate primary law was passed; improved in 1898 with a delegate primary law, compulsory in Cook County in which each party held a primary yearly on separate days in districts fixed by party committees, with ballots privately supplied; this law amended and improved in 1901 and again in 1903.

(b) In 1905 there was substituted a State wide compulsory delegate primary law with advisory vote on candidates including United States Senator, optional direct primary for county offices except in Cook County, with all primaries on the same day, but still with privately contributed ballots; in 1906 foregoing law held unconstitutional because legislative power delegated to party committees and also held special legislation in violation of the Constitution, because separate provisions were made for larger counties; in 1906 second State-wide compulsory delegate primary law was passed; in 1907 this law was declared unconstitutional.

(c) In 1908 direct primary law for all, except few minor offices, was passed; in 1909 this law was held unconstitutional.

(d) In 1910 two direct primary laws, one general and the other legislative, were passed; in 1902 preferential primary for president was adopted.

(e) In 1913 the 1910 law was revised and provisions inserted relating to party machinery; in 1917 nomination of Circuit Court judges by convention were restored by court decision; in 1919 Superior Court judges were included; also in 1919 there was an almost complete revision of the primary laws; in 1920 this law was declared unconstitutional in some respects.

(f) In 1927 another direct primary law was passed and it has been held defective by Circuit Courts in Cook, Lee and Marion Counties; and

WHEREAS, The opinion of the State Supreme Court on the defects, omissions and errors in the present law, if any, would be of material assistance and substantial aid to the General Assembly in the consideration of primary legislation; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Attorney General of Illinois be and he is hereby requested to inform the State Senate at his earliest convenience what procedure, ordinary or extraordinary, would be appropriate to request the State Supreme Court for an opinion on the primary law at any early date when it would be of most value and service to the General Assembly; and, be it further

Resolved, The Legislative Reference Bureau be and it is hereby requested to inform the State Senate at its earliest convenience whether

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