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The roll of the Senators-elect was then called and the following answered to their names:
Answering present: 25.
When the name of Lowell D. Mason, Senator-elect from the Twentythird District was called, it was announced that he was not present, being detained at home by illness.
Mr. Wood offered the following resolution, which, on his motion, was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION No. 1.
Resolved, That a committee of five Senators be appointed by the President of the Senate to wait upon the Judges of the Supreme Court and inform them that the presence of one of their number is desired in the Senate Chamber for the purpose of administering the oath of office to the Senators<elect.
The President of the Senate appointed as the committee provided for by the foregoing resolution: Messrs. Wood, VanLent, N. E. Smith, Bailey and Hughes.
Mr. Denvir, Senator-elect, asked permission to introduce a resolution.
Mr. Dailey raised the point of order that Mr. Denvir was not a member of the Senate until after he had taken the oath of office, which point of order was sustained by the President of the Senate.
Mr. Wood, from the committee appointed to wait upon the Judges of the Supreme Court, reported that they had performed that duty and that Chief Justice Floyd E. Thompson of the Supreme Court was present for the purpose of administering the oath of office to the Senatorselect.
Whereupon the Senators-elect appeared at the bar of the Senate. and the Chief Justice thereupon administered to them the oath of office required by and set forth in the Constitution of the State of Illinois, to which oath each Senator-elect subscribed his name.
The President of the Senate announced that the next order of business was the election of the President pro tempore of the Senate of the Fifty-third General Assembly.
Mr. Dailey placed in nomination Senator Barr, of Will County.
Mr. Boehm placed in nomination Senator Denvir, of Cook County.
Mr. Searcy nominated for Secretary of the Senate, at $15.00 per day, James H. Paddock, of Springfield, Illinois, and the nomination and per diem was unanimously confirmed by the Senate by the following vote:
Mr. Searcy placed in nomination for Messenger of the Senate Mr. T. B. Scouten, of Cook County. There being no other nominations, on motion of Mr. Carroll nominations were declared closed.
The roll being called, the election of Mr. Scouten was confirmed by the following vote:
The following voted in the affirmative: Messrs.
Mr. Boyd offered the following resolution, which on his motion was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION No. 2.
Resolved, That the Superintendent of Printing is hereby authorized and directed to furnish as follows:
First-To the President of the Senate, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate on their written order, such stationery, equipment and other office supplies as either of them may require to enable them to discharge the duties of their respective offices.
Second-To the Secretary of the Senate on his order, such printing, binding, blanks, blank books, stationery, office supplies and equipment as may be required for bis office or for the Senate, or for any of the committees of the Senate.
Third-To the Chairman of the Committee on Contingent Expenses of the Senate, such stationery, equipment and office supplies as may be needed by the officers or committees of the Senate, other than the Secretary of the Senate.
Mr. Hamilton offered the following resolution, which on his motion. was adopted:
SENAIF RESOLUTION No. 3.
Whereas, It is necessary that every Senator should be conversant with the business transacted by the Senate each day, in order that he may act understandingly on all matters; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate shall prepare each day an exact transcript of the Journal and furnish same to the State Printer, who shall print 200 copies thereof at once, so that a copy may be placed on the desk of each Senator the following morning by 9:00 o'clock, and after the same shall have been corrected, he shall print 300 copies thereof and deliver to the Secretary of the Senate. The form of the copies furnished, the Senators shall be precisely the same as those published in accordance with the law relating to State contracts.
Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the State Printer to deliver the copies above provided for according to the provisions of the State printing contract to the State binder in time so that he may be able to bind and deliver the same to the Secretary of the Senate each morning by 9:00 o'clock. Mr. Webster offered the following resolution, which was ordered to lie over:
SENATE RESOLUTION No. 4.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate purchase a sufficient number of the last edition of the Revised Statutes of Illinois for the use of the Senate and committees thereof, to be paid for out of the appropriation hereafter made for the incidental expenses of the Senate of the Fifty-third General Assembly.
Mr. Joyce offered the following resolution, which on his motion was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 5.
Resolved, That the President of the Senate is hereby authorized to appoint a committee of three correspondents of the newspapers represented at the General Assembly, to be known as the Standing Committee of Correspondents, to have supervision of all press matters in relation to the Senate and who shall formulate rules governing the press gallery of the Senate, which they shall present to the President of the Senate for his approval and by him reported to the Senate.
Mr. Haenisch offered the following resolution, which on his motion was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION No. 6.
Resolved, That no person other than members and officers of the General Assembly, the elected State officers. Judges of the Supreme Court, the Secretary to the Governor and former Presidents of the Senate, shall be admitted to the floor of the Senate while in session, unless by leave of the President of the Senate or by a majority of the Senators present, and each person so admitted must bear card of admission signed by the President. Representatives of the Press, while the Senate is in session, shall have access to the galleries and places allotted to them by the President of the Senate; and,
Further, That at 9:45 o'clock a. m., on legislative days, the floor of the Senate shall be cleared of all persons not entitled, as set forth above, to the privileges of the floor, except that persons furnished with Senate guest cards signed by the President of the Senate shall be admitted to that part of the floor outside of the railing; and,
Further, That the President's gallery shall be reserved for the family and guests of the Senators, and admission to this gallery shall be by card of the Senate, signed by the President of the Senate.
Mr. N. E. Smith offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 7.
Resolved, by the Senate. That the per diem of the Chaplain of the Senate be $6.00 per day, and the Mail Carrier of the Senate shall receive $3.00 per day.
The roll being called, the resolution was adopted by the following vote:
Smith, N. E.
Mr. Forrester offered the following resolution and moved its adop
SENATE RESOLUTION No. 8.
Resolved by the Senate, That the presiding officer of the Senate shall have the power to appoint:
One Executive Assistant at $9.00 per day.
One Stenographer and Executive Clerk at $5 per day.
One Janitor at $4.00 per day.
The roll being called, the resolution was adopted by the following
Mr. Gray offered the following resolution and moved its adoption :
SENATE RESOLUTION No. 9.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate is hereby authorized to appoint two stenographers for his office at $6.00 per day each, and also a messenger for his office at $4.00 per day, which appointments when made shall be reported to the Senate and entered on the Journal.
The yeas and nays being called, the resolution was adopted by the following vote:
The following voted in the affirmative: Messrs:
As provided for by the foregoing resolution, the Secretary of the Senate reported that he made the following appointments:
Secretary's Stenographers, Louise M. Hardt and Della Young.
Mr. Clark offered the following resolution, which on his motion was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 10..
Resolved, That the President of the Senate appoint a committee of eight Senators to wait upon His Excellency the Governor and inform him that the Senate is now duly organized and is ready to receive any communication he may desire to make.