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By Sen. Virgin: Res. No. 3, S.,
Resolved, That the Superintendent of Public Property be directed to furnish each member of the Senate one copy of the laws and journals of the last session of the Wisconsin Legisaure, and one copy of the Revised Statutes; Which was adopted.
Sen. Rodolf moved to reconsider the vote by which Res. No. 2, S., was adopted,
Which was lost.
By Sen. Rodolf : J. Res. N. 1, S.,
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That the joint rules of the last Senate and Assembly be adopted as the joint rules of the two houses, until otherwise ordered ;
Which was adopted.
By Sen. Washburn : Res, No. 4, S.,
Resolved, That the Standing Committees of the Senate for the present session be constituted as follows: On the Judiciary--Senators Hanchett, Simpson, Seeley, Gill
and Washburn. On Finance-Senators A. I. Bennett, Rodolf and Stewart. On Education, School and University Lands–Senators
Hutchinson, Ferguson and Davis. On Incorporations-Senators Seeley, Thurbur and Hanchett. On Clains–Senators Burdick, Maxon and Virgin. On Internal Improvements--Senators Worthington, Hilgen
and G. Bennett. On loads, Bridges and Ferries--Senators Simpson, Rodolf,
and Washburn. On Town and County Organization-Senators Virgin, Decker
and Curtis. On Militia-Senators Egan, Bartlett and Phillips. On Privileges and Elections-Senators Maxon, Masters and
Seeley. On Agriculture–Senators Masters, Taylor and Burdick. On Legislative Expenditures-Senators Washburn, Sweat and
Virgin. On State Affairs–Senators Hutchinson, Ferguson and Stew
art. On Banks and Banking-Senators Worthington, Fratt and
Comstock. On Engrossed Bills–Senators Comstock, Hotchkiss and
On Contingent Expenses-Senators Cox, Taylor and Masters.
and Hutchinson. On Printing-Senators Curtis and Hotchkiss. On the Joint Committee of Investigation-Senator Davis.
ASSEMBLY MESSAGE TAKEN UP.
Mr. PRESIDENT :
I am directed to inform you that the Assembly is organized, and ready to proceed to business.
I am also directed to inform you that the Assembly has adopted J. Res. No. 1, A.
Providing for a Joint Committee to wait upon the Governor ; And asks the concurrence of the Senate in the same ;
And that the Speaker has appointed Messrs. Blackman, Elmore and Barnum as the Committee on the part of the Assembly. MR. PRESIDENT :
I am directed to inform you that the Assembly has adopted J. Res. No. 2, A., as follows:
Resolved, by the Assembly the Senate concurring, That both bodies meet in Joint Convention in the Assembly Chamber, at 11 o'clock, A. M., for the purpose of listening to the Governor's Message.
JOINT RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED.
J. Res. No. 1, A.
Providing for a Joint Committee to wait on the Governor ;
Which was adopted. J. Res. No. 2, A.
Providing for a Joint Convention of the Senate and Assembly at 11 o'clock, to hear the Governor's Message ;
Which was adopted,
And the President appointed Senators Rodolf and A. I. Bennett said Committee on the part of the Senate.
BILLS INTRODUCED, Read first and second time, and referred : By Senator Sweat:
No. 1, S., a bill for an act to legalize the official acts of Edward O'Hare, as justice of the peace in the county of Dane;
To general file. By Senator Sweat :
No. 2, S., a bill for an act to legalize the official acts of Samuel Lattimore, as justice of the Peace in the county of Dane;
To general file. By Senator Sweat:
No. 3, S., a bill for an act to legalize the official acts of August B. Erbe, as justice of the peace in the county of Dane :
To general file. By Senator Sweat :
No. 4, S., a bill for an act to legalize the official acts of Peter Haroldson, as justice of the peace in the county of Dane;
To general file. By Senator Sweat:
No. 5, S., a bill for an act to legalize the official acts of Isaac C. Steele, as justice of the peace in the county of Dane:
To general file.
No. 6, S., a bill for an act in relation to the assessment, levy and collection of taxes in the county of Sheboygan, for the year 1859;
Read first and second time;
The rules were suspended, and the bill read the third time
Senators Bartlett, A. I. Bennett, G. Bennett, Burdick, Comstock, Cox, Curtis, Davis, Decker, Ferguson, Fratt, Gill, Hanchett, Hilgen, Hotchkiss, Hutchinson, Masters, Maxon, Phillips, Rodolf, Seeley, Simpson, Stewart, Sweat, Taylor, Thurbur, Virgin, Washburn and Worthington—29. Nays none.
ACCOUNTS PRESENTED. By Senator Davis :
No.1, S., account of D. A. Reed;
No. 2, S., account of the Wisconsin Telegraph Company; Which were referred to the committee on claims.
Senator Rodolf, Chairman of Committee on part of Senate to wait on His Excellency the Governor, reported that the Governor would deliver his Message at 11 o'clock.
On motion of Senator Rodolf,
The Senate took a recess until five minutes before eleven o'clock.
At five minutes before eleven, the President called the Senate to order.
MESSAGE FROM THE ASSEMBLY
Was then received, announcing that the Assembly were in session, and ready to receive the Honorable Senate in Joint Convention, to listen to the Governor's Message.
On motion of Senator A. I. Bennett,
PROCEEDINGS IN JOINT CONVENTION.
Hon. B. G. Noble, Lieutenant Governor of the State, called the Joint Convention to order.
Mr. Holton moved that a committee of three be appointed to wait upon the Governor and inform that the two Houses are in Joint Convention, and ready to receive any Message he may have to deliver;
Which motion prevailed.
The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Holton and Palmer and Senator Bennett.
The Governor and State officers were then announced by the Sergeant-at-Arms, and duly received by the Joint Convention.
The Governor then read his Annual Message:
Gentlemen of the Senate and Assembly :
The difficulties and embarrassments under which the State has labored for some years have been outgrown.
The Report of the State Treasurer for the fiscal year ending on the 30th day of September, 1859, shows a balance in the State Treasury at that time belonging to the general fund of $11,205 11.
Up to that time, after the receipt into the Treasury of the preceding State Tax, all demands upon the General Fund had been promptly paid on presentation. The State owes no floating debt. Since the first day of October all legal demands against the State have also been paid on presentation, and on the first day of January, 1860, there remained in the Treasury belonging to the General Fund the sum of $16,910 47 to meet any expenses that may arise.
There is a large demand made against the State by James Ross, State Printer, which has been audited by the Secretary of State, the legality and correctness of which is denied by the State Treasurer, and which, therefore, he refuses to pay.
The amount audited by the Secretary of State and paid to the State Printer during the past year, including $145 paid in December, 1858, is $38,341 97, of which all but $2,205 was from the General Fund. The amount audited and unpaid for reasons above stated is $38,762 16, of which $16,884 06 is claimed from the General Fund.
It is believed that the State Printer claims a large sum, for services performed by him as such printer, beyond what he is entitled to by his contract. The contract and the law should be closely scrutinized, and while there is a legal contract existing between Ross and the State, both parties should be held strictly to it. The aggregate receipts into the General Fund during the calendar year ending December 31st, 1859, were...
$534,051 28 Aggregate disbursements for same time,.
490,522 96 Of the amount expended, the sum of $176,875 65 was for Charitable Institutions, Capitol Extension, and State Prison.
And the sum of $124,768 85 for various purposes, under appropriations, certified accounts, &c., belonging previous to January 1, 1859.
Deducting this sum, to-wit: $301,644 50, from the aggregate expenditures of the year as above, we find the expenditures proper of carrying on the State Government, to have been $188,836 46.
The Secretary of State estimates in detail the expenditures to be defrayed from the General Fund of the State Treasury for the current year, showing each item thereof, and distinguishing between those which are provided for by permanent appropriations, and such as require appropriations at the present session of the Legislature: and showing also the resources which are applicable to defray such expenditures.
Assuming the estimates of expenditures and resources of the State as submitted by the Secretary to be correct, the indebtedness of the State at the end of the present fiscal year will