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therein, and repealing all prior acts or parts of acts in conflict with this act; which was taken up and referred to t!c Committee for Coures of Justice.

MR. MATHEWS, by leave, presented

S. B No. 262. A bill authorizing cities, containing by the last or any subsequent United States census, a population of not less than fifty thousand nor more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, to appropriate to standard gauge steam railroad companies such sum or sums as may be necessary, not to exceed two hundred thousand ($200,000.00) dollars in any one case, to induce such standard gauge steam railroad companies to extend their lines into the corporate limits of such cities, and ratifying and confirming any such appropriation, not exceeding two hundred thousand ($200,000.00) dollars, made by any such city heretofore for said purpose; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

Mr. Mathews, by leave, presented

S. B No. 263. A bill to restrict the trading in second-hand grate baskets, electric light and gas fixtures, bell and bell fixtures, lead or brass water pipes, plumbing fixtures, household hardware and so forth; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on General Laws.

MR MATHEWS (by request), by leave, presented

S. B. No. 264. A bill to impose a special license tax on persons trading in second-hand grate baskets, gas, water and electric fixtures and so forth; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr Matuews (by request), by leave, presented

S. B. No. 265. A bill to define the relation of landlord and tenant for certain cases where there is no written agreement between the parties, upon the subject, and in cases of hold-over tenancies, etc.; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice

MR. JEFFREYS, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 266. A bill for the suppression of contagious diseases among bees in Virginia by creating the office of Inspector of Apiaries, to define the duties thereof, and to appropriate money therefor; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Mining and Manufacturing.

MR. Gunn, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 267. A bill to amend and re-enact sections 7, 9 and 48 of an act entitled an act to define the corporate limits and charter of the city of Williamsburg, approved March 17, 1884, as amended by an act approved March 5, 1900, and as amended March 20, 1916; which was taken in and referred to the Committee on Special, Prirate and Local Legislation.

MR. Early, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 268. A bill to amend and re-enact section 525 of the Code of Virginia, as heretofore amended, in relation to transfer fees; which was taken up and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

S. B. No. 152. A bill authorizing the councils of the cities of this Commonwealth having, by the last United States census, a population in excess of 65,000 inhabitants and less than 100,000 inhabitants to establish, erect, construct and maintain armory buildings and stables and other buildings necessary and convenient thereto and to ratify and confirm the establishment, erection and construction of armory buildings and other structures necessary thereto, heretofore made by the council of any said city; was taken up and, on motion of Mr. Mathews, was indefinitely postponed.

S. B. No. 110. A bill to amend and re-enact section 4 of an act entitled an act for the protection of sheep in Rockingham county, approved January 30, 1894, as amended by an act approved March 4, 1916; was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title by the following vote-ayes, 21; noes, 0.

Senators who voted are:

YEAS—Messrs. Addison, Allen, Conrad, Corbitt, Davis, Downing, Early, Gravatt, Gunn, Jeffreys, Keith, Lacy, Mathews, Rinehart, Rison, Royall, Thornton, Trinkle, Walker, Wendenburg, West—21.

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

H. B. No. 1. A bill to amend and re-enact section 89 of an act entitled an act to provide for the settlement, registration, transfer, and assurance of titles to land, and to establish courts of land registration with jurisdiction for said purposes, and to make uniform the laws of the States enacting the same, approved February 24, 1916; was taken up and read the second time. The committee amendments were agreed to.

H. B. No. 64. A bill providing that any county or city of this State may pay a monthly allowance to indigent widowed mothers for the partial support of their children in their own homes; was taken up and read the second time. The committee amendment was agreed to.

The following House bills were taken up and read the second time:

H. B. No. 112. A bill to amend section 2844 of the Code of Virginia, as heretofore amended, in relation to public holidays.

H. B. No. 88. A bill to amend and re-enact section 32-a of the charter of the city of Portsmouth, approved March 13, 1912, as heretofore amended, in reference to the issue of bonds.

H. B. No. 93. A bill to authorize the mavor and council of the city of Williamsburg, in the county of James City, State of Virginia, to issue bonds and borrow money for the purpose of building, repairing, and maintaining streets, sidewalks and bridges, and extending water and sewer mains, provided that the question of such bond issue, for the purposes named, be first submitted to the qualified voters of said city, and to authorize such council to call a special election for the submission of the same to the voters thereof.

H. B. No. 94. A bill to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to provide a new charter for the city of Portsmouth, approved March 10, 1908, as amended by an act approved March 12. 1912, by adding a new chapter thereto, to be known as chapter 10, relating to the initiative, referendum or recall. H. B. No. 45. A bill to amend and re-enact sub-section 13 of

section 2086 of the Code of Virginia, as heretofore amended.

H. B. No. 48. A bill to prohibit the erection and continuation of devices and signs in the form of a railway crossing sign boards on or near any of the public roads of this State.

H. B. No. 57. A bill to provide for the acceptance of the conditions of the Federal act commonly called the Smith-Hughes bill (Public, No. 347, 64th Congress) and authorizing the State Board of Education to act as a State Board of Vocational Education for the Commonwealth, and authorizing the Treasurer of the State of Virginia to act as custodian of such funds as may be received from the Federal government, and to pay the same out on warrant drawn by the State Board of Education, and authorizing the State Board of Education to establish a department of vocational education, and appropriating money therefor.

H. B. No. 100. A bill to appropriate the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars to the State farm to meet the deficit in maintenance for the fiscal year ending February 28, 1918.

H. B. No. 112. A bill_to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to provide for the working and keeping in repair the public roads of Amherst county, as amended and re-enacted by an act approved March 2, 1898, and as further amended by an act approved March 15, 1904, which latter act was further amended by an act approved March 16, 1910, which said amendment and the amendment herein contained being for the purpose of authorizing the board of supervisors of said county to work and improve the public roads of said county, expend any surplus money on the roads and bridges of said county and authorize the erection of toll gates on certain roads in said county for the purpose of raising revenue to maintain and build, macadamize and otherwise permanently improve roads in said county, approved February 20, 1912, as amended by an act approved March 16, 1916. The committee amendment was agreed to.

H. B. No. 42. A bill to amend and re-enact an act of the General Assembly, approved March 12, 1912, entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act of the General Assembly, approved March 4, 1894, entitled an act to provide for the working and keeping in order the public roads of the counties of Greene and Jadison, as amended by an act approved May 14, 1903, so far as the same applies to Vadison county, so as to provide for the opening, construction, maintaining and working of the roads, and keeping in order the causeways and bridges of Madison and Greene counties, and creating the office of superintendent of roads, and prescribing his duties and compensation, and to repeal any act in conflict therewith, as amended by an act of the General Assembly, approved March 24, 1914, entitled an act to add independent section 11-a to an act approved March 12, 1912, entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act of the General Assembly, approved March 4, 1894, entitled an act to provide for the working and keeping in order the public roads of the counties of Greene and Madison, as amended by an act approved May 14, 1903, so far as the same applies to Madison county, so as to provide for the opening, construction, maintaining and working the roads, and keeping in order the causeways and bridges of Madison and Greene counties, and creating the office of superintendent of roads, and prescribing his duties and compensation, and to repeal any act in conflict therewith ; was taken up and, on motion of Mr. Bowers, was referred to the Committee on Roards and Internal Navigation.

The hour of 12:30 o'clock having arrived,

S. B. No. 18. A bill to amend and re-enact section 9 of an act entitled an act to raise revenue for the support of the government and public free schools, and to pay the interest on the public debt, and to provide a special tax for pensions as authorized by section 189 of the Constitution, approved April 16, 1903, and acts amendatory thereof; being the special and continuing order for the hour, was taken up, and, on motion of Mr. West, was passed by and made the special and continuing order for Thursday, February 14, 1918, at 12:30 o'clock.

S. B. No. 60. A bill to provide for the preparation and review of estimates for expenditures and revenue, and to establish a budget system for all State departments, bureaus, divisions, officers, boards, commissions, institutions, and other agencies and undertakings receiving or asking financial aid from the State of Virginia ; was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title by the following vote-ayes, 20; noes, 2.

Senators who voted are:

YEAS—Messrs. Addison, Allen, Barnain, Bowers, Conrad, Corbitt, Downing, Drewry, Early, Gravatt, Hening, Jeffreys, Keith, Lacy, Mathews, Mitchell, Robertson, Thornton, Trinkle, Walker-20.

NAYS-Messrs. Rinehart, West-2.

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

S. B. No. 32. A bill to amend and re-enact sections 17 and 21 of chapter 1 of an act entitled an act concerning the Bureau of Insurance, approved March 9, 1906, as subsequently amended; was

taken up.

MR. WEST moved to concur in the amendment thereto proposed by the House of Delegates, which was agreed to by the following vote-ayes, 19; noes, 3.

Senators who voted are:

YEAS—Messrs. Barham, Bowers, Davis, Drewry, Early, Hening, Jordan, Lacy, Mathews, Mitchell, Rinehart, Rison, Robertson, Royall, Thornton, Trinkle, Walker, Webb, West—19.

NAYS—Messrs. Allen, Conrad, Keith-3.

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S. B. No. 120. A bill to provide for the establishment of kindergartens as part of the public school system of the State; was taken up and read the second time.

MR. CONRAD offered an amendment, which was agreed to, and the bill as amended was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time,

All other business having been suspended, the PRESIDENT, in the presence of the Senate, signed the following bills which had been passed by both houses of the General Assembly and duly enrolled, the titles of said bills having been publicly read:

No. 37. Senate bill to amend and re-enact section 30 of chapter 5, of an act entitled an act concerning corporations, which became a law on the 21st day of May, 1903, as heretofore amended.

No. 41. House bill to repeal an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact an act entitled an act to provide for working and keeping in repair the public roads and bridges of the county of Washington, and to authorize the board of supervisors to borrow money by the issue of bonds, and to build bridges and to macadamize roads in said county, etc., and to authorize the board of supervisors of said county to open, by condemnation or otherwise alter, discontinue, work and keep in order and repair the public roads and bridges of said county, approved March 7, 1910, and all acts amendatory thereof, approved March 18, 1915.

No. 12. House bill to provide under certain conditions for the conveyance of real property occupied by a church.

No. 101. House bill to appropriate money to the convict lime board to remove deficit in the funds available for use at the State lime grinding plants at Staunton and Irvington.

No. 36. House bill to repeal an act entitled an act to create for the county of Princess Anne a commission for roads, bridges and

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