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MR. RINEHART, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 170. A bill to refund money improperly collected from the Virginia Hot Springs Company paid into the treasury of the State; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Lacy, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 171. A bill to amend and re-enact section 21, of an act approved January 30, 1888, entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act to incorporate the town of South Boston, in the county of Halifax; and to add two sections to said act, to be known as section 26 and section 27, providing for the collection of town levies and assessments and prescribing penalties for the violation of the license ordinances of the town; which was taken up and referred to the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

MR. THORNTOX, by leave, presented

S. B.: No. 172. A bill authorizing district or city school boards to borrow money on short time loans; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on County, City and Town Organization.

MR. JEFFREYS, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 173. A bill establishing a State purchasing commission and providing for the purchase of furniture, equipment, material, supplies, printing and stationery for the use of the State and State institutions, boards, commissions and officers; which was taken !1p and referred to the Committee on General Laws.

MESSRs. Conrad and Downing, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 174. A bill to amend and re-enact section 3059-y of chapter 315 of the Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia of 1914, with reference to the time of holding the regular terms of court in the Twenty-fifth judicial circuit: which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

MR. MAPP, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 175. A bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3528 of the Code of Virginia, as amended and re-enacted by an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved March 12, 1908, entitled an act to amend and reenact section 3528 of the Code of Virginia, as amended and reenacted by an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3528 of the Code of Virginia, and to repeal section 3526 of the Code of Virginia in relation to fees of attorneys for the Commonwealth, approved on the third day of March, 1896, as amended and re-enacted by an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3528 of the Code of Virginia and to repeal section 3526 of the Code of Virginia in relation to fees of attorneys for the Commonwealth, approved March 5, 1900, as amended and re-enacted by an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact sections 3198, 3500, 3505, 3506 and 3505 of the Code of Virginia, and to amend and re-enact section 3515 of the Code of Virginia, as amended by an act approved February 14, 1896, and section 3519 of the Code of Virginia, as amended by an act approved February 18, 1896, and section 3528, as amended by an act approved March 5, 1900, and also to repeal section 3524 of the ('ode of Virginia, as amended by an act approved February 20, 1900, and section 3525 of the Code of Virginia, approved on the 31st day of December, 1903, as amended and re-enacted by an act entitled an act to amend and re-enacet section 3528, as amended and re-enacted by an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3528, approved March 15, 1906, as amended and re-enacted by an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 3528, approved March 17, 1910, as amended and re-enacted by an act of the General Assembly, approved March 14, 1912, approved February 29, 1916; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

Mr. Gunn, by leave, presented

S. B. So. 176. A bill to amend and re-enact section two of an act entitled "An act to make it obligatory upon persons, firms or corporations employing men in foundries or moulding shops to provide for proper ventilation in such foundries or moulding shops," as approved March 27, 1914, as heretofore amended; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Mining and Manufacturing

Mr. Gưxx, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 177. A bill to provide for the issuance of shares of capital stock of corporations organized under the laws of this State without nominal or par value; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

Mr. Appisoy, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 178. A bill to define capital in making assessments thereof alleged to have been omitted from assessment for years prior to 1916 ; which was taken up and referred to the (committee on Finance.

Mr. Early, by leave, presented

Senate Joint Resolution No. 13. In relation to the drafting of agricultural laborers; which was taken up and referred to the ('ommittee on Agriculture, Mining and Manufacturing.

Senate Joint Resolution No. 6. Proposing amendment to seetion 117 of Article VIII of the Constitution of Virginia, and proriding for publishing said amendment and certifying the same to the next General Assembly.

Resolved by the Senate and the House of Delegates (a majority of the members elected to each house agreeing thereto), That the

following amendment to the Constitution of Virginia be, and the same is hereby, proposed and referred to the General Assembly to be chosen at the next general election of senators and members of the Hlouse of Delegates, for its concurrence, in conformity to the provisions of section one hundred and ninety-six of article fifteen of said Constitution, namely:

Strike out from the Constitution of Virginia section one huncired and seventeen, which is in the words and figures following, to-wit:

Sec. 117. General laws for the organization and government of cities and towns shall be enacted by the General Assembly, and no special act shall be passed in relation thereto except in the manner provided in article four of this Constitution, and then only by a recorded vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house; and except also in the case of cities having more than fifty thousand inhabitants, as hereinafter provided. But each of the cities and towns of the State having at the time of the adoption of this amendment a municipal charter, may retain the same, except so far as it shall be repealed or amended by the General Assembly; provided, that every such charter is hereby amended so as to conform to all the provisions, restrictions, limitations and powers set forth in this article, or otherwise provided in this Constitution.

Notwithstanding, however, anything in this article contained the General Assembly may, by general law or by special act (passed as prescribed in article four of this Constitution), depart in any respect (except as otherwise in this section expressly provided) from the form of organization and government prescribed by this article for cities and towns, and may provide, from time to time, for the various cities and towns of the Commonwealth such form or forms of municipal government as the General Assembly may deem best; but no form or forms of government authorized by the second paragraph of this section shall become operative except as to such cities or towns as may thereafter adopt the same by a majority vote of its qualified electors at an election to be held as may be prescribed therefor by law. All the limitations on the powers of the councils of cities and towns imposed by this article shall apply in like manner to the principal legislative authority under any form of government which may be authorized hereunder. The term "council" as used in sections one hundred and twenty-five and one hundred and twenty-seven of this Constitution shall be construed to include the body which, under any form of municipal government, shall be rested with the principal legislative authority of such municipality.

The General Assembly, for the purpose of this article, may classify cities according to their population, but the maximum population prescribed for any class shall exceed the minimum population for the same class by at least ten thousand. The General Assembly, at the request, made in manner which may be prescribed hy law, of any city having a population of over fifty thousand inhabitants, may grant a special form of government for such city.

Any laws or charters enacted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be subject to the provisions of this Constitution relating expressly to judges and clerks of courts, attorneys for the Commonwealth, commissioners of revenue, city treasurers and city sergeants.

And insert in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 117. (a) General laws for the organization and government of cities and towns shall be enacted by the General Assembly, and no special act shall be passed in relation thereto, except in the manner provided in article four of this Constitution, and then only by ä recorded vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house. But each of the cities and towns of the State having at the time of the adoption of this Constitution a municipal charter may retain the same, except so far as it shall be repealed or amended by the General Assembly; provided, that every such charter is hereby amended to conform to all the provisions, restrictions, limitations and powers set forth in this article, or otherwise provided in this Constitution.

(b) The General Assembly may, by general law or by special act (passed in the manner provided in article four of this Constitution), provide for the organization and government of cities and towns without regard to, and unaffected by, any of the provisions of this article, except those of sections one hundred and twenty-four, one hundred and twenty-five (except so far as the provisions of section me hundred and twenty-five recognize the office of mayor and the power of veto), one hundred and twenty-six, one hundred and twentyseven and one hundred and twenty-eight of this article, and except those mentioned in sub-section (d) of this section. The term "Council," as used in any of said sections, shall include the body exercising legislative authority for the city or town, and all ordinances mnacted and resolutions adopted by such body shall have the same force and effect for all purposes, as if enacted or adopted in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred and twenty-three of this article. But such organization and government shall apply only to such cities or towns as may thereafter adopt the same by a maority vote of those qualified voters of any such city or town voting in an election to be held for the purpose, as may be provided by law.

(c) The General Assembly, at the request of any city or town, made in manner provided by law, may grant to it any special form of organization and government authorized by sub-section (b) of this section, and subject to all of the provisions of that sub-section, except that it shall not be necessary for such city or town to thereafter adopt the same.

(d) Any laws or charters enacted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be subject to the provisions of this Constitution relating expressly to judges and clerks of courts, attorneys for the Commonwealth, commissioners of revenue, city treasurers and city sergeants.

(e) Any form of organization and government authorized by any provision of this section which may have been adopted heretofore by any city or town pursuant to any act of the General Assembly enacted before such provision became effective, and which is now in operation, is hereby declared legal and valid ub initie, and shall have the same force and effect as if it had been authorized by this Constitution at the time of its adoption; was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title by the following vote-ayes, 22;

noes, 0.

Senators who voted are:

YEAS—Messrs. Barham, Bowers, Cannon, Davis, Downing, Garrett, Gayle, Goodloe, Gunn, Hening, Holt, Keith, Lacy, Mapp, Mathews, Mitchell, Rinehart, Rison, Royall, Strode, Thornton, Webb-22.

MR. MATIIEWS moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was passed, which was rejected.

S. B. No. 42. A bill to require investigation by the State Board of Charities of certain cases of hardslup made possible by the child labor law, was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title by the following vote-aves, 24; noes, 0.

Senators who voted are:

YEAS—Messrs. Andrews. Barham, Bowers, Cannon, Davis, Downing, Garrett, Goodloe, Gunn, Hening, Holt, Keith, Lacy, Mapp. Mathews, Mitchell, Rinehart, Rison, Robertson, Royall, Thornton, Webb, Wendenburg, West—24.

MR. Caxxox moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed, which was rejected.

S. B. No. 143. A bill to amend and re-enact section 448 of the Code, as heretofore amended, for the purpose of providing a commissioner of the revenue for each of the four magisterial districts of Wise county, instead of only two commissioners for the entire counts: as at present, was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title name by the following voteaves, 27; noes, 0.

Senators who voted are:

Yeas-Messrs. Andrews, Barham, Cannon, Davis, Downing, Drewry, Early, Garrett, Gayle, Goodloe, Goolrick, Gravatt, Gunn, Hening, Holt, Jeffreys, Jordan, Lacy, Mapp, Mitchell, Rinehart, Rison, Royall, Thornton, Webb, Wendenburg, West-27.

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