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the law in relation to promissory notes, bonds, due bills, and other instruments in writing, approved March 18, 1874, in force July 1, 1874, as amended by Act approved May 10, 1909, in force July 1, 1909."

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Pervier, Senate Bill No. 172, a bill for "An Act to enable counties to establish and maintain libraries,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Bardill, Senate Bill No. 204, a bill for "An Act to amend section 52 of an Act entitled, 'An Act to enable cities and villages to establish and regulate cemeteries,' approved March 24, 1874, amended by an Act approved May 25, 1877, in force July 1, 1877, amended by an Act approved and in force June 14, 1883, as amended by an Act approved and in force March 3, 1905,”

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time. Mr. Bardill offered the following amendment to the bill which was adopted:

In section 52, on page 2, line 9, strike out the word "request" and insert in lieu thereof the word "bequest.'

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And the question being, "Shali the bill, as amended, be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Bardill for Mr. Dailey, Senate Bill No. 108, a bill for "An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to provide for the regulation of public utilities,' approved June 30, 1913, in force January 1, 1914,"

Was taken up and read at large a second time, together with the following amendments thereto (which have been printed), reported from the Committee on Public Utilities, April 15, 1915:

Amend Senate Bill No. 108, by striking out all after the word "follows," line five, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 31. FEES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS.] The commission shall charge every public utility receiving permission under this Act for the issue of bonds, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness, an amount equal to ten cents for every hundred dollars of such securities authorized by the commission, and the same shall be paid into the State treasury before any such securities shall be issued: Provided, however, that no charge shall be made, or required to be paid, when any such issue is made for the purpose of guaranteeing, taking over, refunding, discharging, or retiring any bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness.

AMENDMENT No. 2.

In title after the word "amend" insert "Section 31 of Article 3 of."

The question being, "Shall the report of, and the amendments reported from, said committee be adopted?" it was decided in the affirmative.

The question then being, "Shall the bill, as amended, be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Bardill for Mr. Bailey, Senate Bill No. 347, a bill for "An Act to amend section 1 of an Act entitled, 'An Act to

amend section 1 of an Act entitled, 'An Act regarding fees for the incorporation and the increase of capital stock of companies and corporations in this State,' approved June 15, 1895, in force July 1, 1895; as amended by an Act approved April 24, 1899, in force July 1, 1899; as amended by an Act approved and in force May 14, 1903,"

Was taken up and read at large a second time.

The following amendment offered by Mr. Dailey April 21, 1915, was taken up, and, on his motion, was adopted:

Amend Senate Bill No. 347, by striking out in the printed bill, page 2, line 28, all after the word "profit" and insert in lieu thereof the following: “And, provided, further, that any such company or corporation, being a public utility as defined in section 10 of an Act entitled, "An Act to provide for the regulation of public utilities," approved June 30, 1913, in force January 1, 1914, may file its papers in the office of the Secretary of State, and shall, in lieu of the fees aforesaid, pay to the Secretary of State before it shall issue any stock or stock certificate authorized to be issued by the State Public Utilities Commission, pursuant to the provision of section 21 of said "Act to provide for the regulation of public utilities," an amount equal to 10 cents for every hundred dollars of such stock so authorized by said commission, and no such stock shall be valid without the payment of such fees."

The question then being, "Shall the bill, as amended, be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Hamilton, Senate Bill No. 239, a bill for "An Act to amend 'An Act to revise the law in relation to criminal jurisprudence,' approved March 27, 1874, in force July 1, 1874, by adding thereto an additional section to be known as section 10412,

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Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Hull, Senate Bill No. 131, a bill for "An Act to amend sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of an Act entitled, 'An Act to provide for the creation of art commissions in cities and to define their powers,' approved April 24, 1899, in force July 1, 1899,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Pervier, Senate Bill No. 39, a bill for “An Act to amend section 36 of an Act entitled, 'An Act concerning fees and salaries, and to classify the several counties of this State with reference. thereto,' approved March 29, 1872, in force July 1, 1872,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Pervier, Senate Bill No. 248, a bill for "An Act making an appropriation for the Illinois Farmers' Institute and county farmers' institutes,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Andrus, House Bill No. 4, a bill for "An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to provide for the appointment of school director, and members of the board of education in certain cases," approved May 29, 1879, in force July 1, 1879, as amended by subsequent Acts, by adding two (2) new sections to be known as sections five

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(5) and six (6), empowering school directors and boards of education in certain school districts to draw and issue warrants in anticipation. of taxes levied by the proper authorities for school purposes and validating warrants theretofore issued by said school directors or boards of education in certain cases,"

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Was taken up and read at large a second time,

And the question being, "Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Smith, Senate Bill No. 46, a bill for "An Act concerning firearms,'

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Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Smith, Senate Bill No. 47, a bill for "An Act concerning dogs,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Curtis, Senate Bill No. 121, a bill for "An Act making an appropriation for the salary of an agricultural advisor for incorporated soil and crop improvement associations; or like associations with like purposes, of the State of Illinois,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time.
Mr. Curtis offered the following amendment to the bill:

AMENDMENT No. 1.

Strike out all of said bill after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following:

"That the sum of one hundred thousand ($100,000.00) dollars or so much thereof as may be necessary be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purposes of the improvement of general agricultural conditions in the State of Illinois, and to be applied toward the payment of the salaries of the County Agricultural Advisors of Incorporated County Soil and Crop Improvement Associations or associations incorporated for like purposes: Provided, that no sum exceeding $1,250.00 per annum shall be paid to any Incorporated County Soil and Crop Improvement Association or association with like purposes in any county in the State of Illinois."

Sec. 2. The Auditor of Public Accounts is hereby authorized and directed to draw his warrant upon the State Treasurer for the amounts herein appropriated upon presentation of proper vouchers, certified to by the president or chairman of any Incorporated County Soil and Crop Improvement Association or like association and attested by its secretary and approved by the Governor: Provided, a certified copy of the charter of said association shall be filed with the Auditor of Public Accounts and thereupon the treasurer shall pay the same.

On motion of Mr. Curtis, the foregoing amendment was ordered printed and the further consideration of the bill was postponed, the bill to retain its place on the calendar on the order of second reading. On motion of Mr. Curtis, House Bill No. 265, a bill for "An Act to re-appropriate, for the use of the Illinois State Horticultural Society, the sum of $5,000, already appropriated by the Forty-eighth General Assembly,"

Was taken up and read at large a second time,

And the question being, "Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Curtis, Senate Bill No. 56, a bill for "An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to revise the law in relation to criminal jurisprudence,' approved March 27, 1874, in force July 1, 1874, by amending sections 142 and 264 of division I of said Act and by repealing sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, of division XIV of said Act,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large the second

time.

Mr. Curtis offered the following amendment, which was adopted:

AMENDMENT No. 1.

In section 142, line 9, strike out the word "thirty" and insert in lieu thereof the word "fourteen."

On motion of Mr. Curtis, the further consideration of the bill was postponed, the bill to retain its place on the order of second reading. On motion of Mr. Canaday, Senate Bill No. 74, a bill for "An Act to amend section 166b of an Act entitled, 'An Act to revise the law in relation to criminal jurisprudence,' approved March 27, 1874, in force July 1, 1874,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time. Mr. Canaday offered the following amendments to the bill, which were adopted:

AMENDMENT No. 1.

Amend title to read as follows: A bill for "An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to prevent and punish kidnapping for ransom,' approved and in force May 11, 1901."

AMENDMENT No. 2.

Amend by striking out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following: That section 166b, of "An Act entitled, 'An Act to revise the law in relation to criminal jurisprudence,' approved March 27, 1874, in force July 1, 1874," be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows: That every person who shall wilfully, unlawfully and forcibly seize and secretly confine within this State or take, carry or send, or cause to be taken, carried or sent out of this State, any person against his will or against the will of the parent, guardian or legal custodian or such person, for the purpose of extorting ransom or money or other valuable thing or concession from such person, his parent, guardian or legal custodian; and every person who shall inveigle, decoy or kidnap with intent secretly to confine within this State, or take, carry or send, or cause to be taken, carried or sent out of the same, any person against his will, or against the will of the parent, guardian or legal custodian, shall upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for life or any term not less than five (5) years. Any person charged with such offense may be tried in any county into which or through which, the person so seized or inveigled, decoyed or kidnapped shall have been taken, carried or brought.

On motion of Mr. Canaday, the further consideration of the bill was postponed and the bill to retain its place in the order of second reading and the amendments to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Landee, Senate Bill No. 198, a bill for "An Act to amend section 3 of article IV of an Act entitled, 'An Act to revise the law in relation to township organization,' approved and in force March 4, 1874,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Manny, Senate Bill No. 246, a bill for "An Act to amend an Act entitled, 'An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,' approved and in force June 12, 1909, by adding thereto thirteen new sections to be known as sections 122a to 122m, both inclusive,"

Was taken up and read at large a second time, together with the following amendments thereto (which have been printed), reported from the Committee on Public Efficiency and Civil Service, April 21, 1915:

AMENDMENT No. 1.

Insert at the beginning of line 17 of section 122f of the printed bill the words "the several school townships."

The question being, "Shall the report of, and the amendments reported from, said committee be adopted?" it was decided in the affirmative.

The question then being, "Shall the bill, as amended, be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Manny, Senate Bill No. 260, a bill for "An Act in relation to the sentence, commitment, confinement, reformation, punishment, employment and parole of persons convicted of crime, and the manner of applying for pardons, reprieves and commutations,"

Having been printed, was taken up and read at large a second time, And the question being, "Shall the bill be engrossed and printed for a third reading?" it was decided in the affirmative.

CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTIONS BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Mr. Smith called up for consideration the following resolution offered by him March 2, 1915:

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 4.

WHEREAS, The frequent floods of the Mississippi River, caused by waters from thirty-one states, embracing more than 41 per cent of the total area of the United States, result in great loss of human lives in portions of the State of Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, and large money losses, not only in such afflicted territory, but in other portions of the Nation; and,

WHEREAS, All political parties have declared in their campaign platforms that flood control of the Mississippi River is a national duty; therefore, be it Resolved, by the Senate of the State of Illinois, the House concurring, That the Congress of the United States be and is hereby requested to fulfill this national duty at its next session and to enact such legislation as shall provide a separate and comprehensive plan for the prevention of such floods without delay; be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President of the Senate of the Congress of the United States.

The question then being, "Shall the foregoing resolution be adopted?" which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Tossey called up for consideration the following resolution offered by him March 18, 1915:

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 12.

Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring herein, That a commission of nine members be and is hereby established to be

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