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S. B. No. 14. A bill to authorize the council of the city of Portsmouth to issue bonds to build schoolhouses and for other school purposes, was taken up.

Mr. Corbett moved to dispense with the reading of the bill, as required by section 50 of the Constitution, and the Senate being satisfied that an emergency exists, it was agreed to by the following vot-ayes, 29; noes 0.

Senators who voted are:

Yeas-Messrs. Addison, Andrews, Barham, Bowers, Cannon, Corbitt, Davis, Downing, Drewry, Early, Garrett, Gayle, Goodloe, Gunn, Hening, Holt, Jeffreys, Jordan, Keith, Lacy, Mapp, Mitchell, 'Rinehart, Rison, Robertson, Royall, Strode, Thornton, Trinkle—29.

The bill was then ordered to be engrossed: and being forthwith engrossed, on his further motion, was passed with its title by the following vote-ayes, 29; noes, 0.

Senators who voted are:

Yeas-Messrs. Addison, Allen, Andrews, Barham, Bowers, Cannon, Con. rad, Corbitt, Drewry, Early, Garrett, Gayle, Goodloe, Goolrick, Gravatt, Hening, Holt, Jeffreys, Jordan, Keith, Lacy, Mapp, Mitchell, Rison, Robertson, Royall, Strode, Thornton, Webb-29.

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

A message was received from the House of Delegates by Me. REED, who informed the Senate the House of Delegates had passed the following joint resolution, in which they requested the concurrence of the Senate:

Whereas, after the war there will be keen competition for the trade of the world; and,

Whereas, the establishment of free ports will permit the mannfacturers of the United States to be in a position to meet this competition; and,

Whereas, owing to its proximity to fuel, the new materials of the world, its protested and deep harbor, its mild climate, there is no better location in the United States for a free port than Hampton Roads, Virginia, and its tributary waters :

Therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates (the Senate concurring), That the members of Congress of the United States from Virginia be requested to offer a bill, or an amendment to any bill, before Congress to include IIampton Roads and its tributary waters as a free port zone.

Resolved, That a copy of the resolutions be forwarded to the Senators and members of the House of Representatives from Virginia in the Congress of the United States; which was agreed.

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The PRESIDENT appointed as a committee on the part of the Senate to arrange for the inauguration of the incoming Governor, VESSRS. WALKER, STRODE, KEITH, GUNN and TRINKLE.

On motion of Mr. Cannoy, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow at 12 o'clock M.

GEORGE T. RISON,

Acting President of the Senate.
O. V. HANGER,

Clerk of the Senate.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1918.
Lieutenant-Governor J. Taylor Ellyson in the chair.
Prayer by Rev. F. S. McFaden.
The Journal of yesterday was read by the Clerk.

A communication from the House of Delegates, by their ('lerk, was read:

In House of Delegates, January 17, 1918. The House of Delegates has agreed to House Joint Resolution in support of the Government in the present war, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

Whereas, the General Assembly of Virginia, in behalf of the people of this Commonwealth, desires to make a record of its approval of the course pursued by the Congress and the President of the United States in declaring and prosecuting the war against Germany and Austria,

Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, that we commend the Congress of the l'nited States in its declaration of war against Germany and Austria, and President Woodrow Wilson in his wise prosecution of this just war against the forces inimical to our free institutions and our conceptions of free government.

We commend the Governor of this Commonwealth and all associated with him in his patriotic support of the National government in this crisis and we give to the President and Congress our pledge of unswerving loyalty and support; which was agreed to.

Mr. Rison was ordered to inform the House of Delegates thereof.

MR. GAYLE from the Committee on Insurance and Banking, reported without amendments:

S. B. No. 41. A bill to amend and re-enact section 27 of Chapter one of an act entitled an act concerning the Bureau of Insurance, approved March 9, 1906, as subsequently amended.

Mr. GARRETT, from the Committee on Finance, reported with amendments:

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.

He, from the same committee, reported without amendments:

S. B. No. 29. A bill to amend and re-enact section 614 of an act entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 614 of the Code of Virginia as amended and re-enacted by an act approved March 10, 1910, entitled an act to amend and re-enact section 614 of the Code of Virginia as amended and re-enacted by an act approved March 13, 1908, entitled an act to amend and re-enact sections 613 and 614 of the Code of Virginia, as amended and re-enacted by an act approved March 15, 1914, approved March 18, 1916.

He, from the same committee, reported without amendments:

S. B. No. 68. A bill to provide for the payment of contingent and incidental expenses of the General Assembly, and to appropriate money for the same.

And he, from the same committee, reported without amendments:

S. B. No. 6. A bill for the relief of Smith-Courtney Company,

Mr. Bowers, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill cannot be reached by general law or court proceedings.

S. B. No. 9. A bill to amend the provisions of an act approved February 28, 1896, entitled an act to provide a new charter for the city of Roanoke, as approved by chapter 56 of the laws of Virginia, 1912, relating to the issuance of certificates of indebtedness and bonds and validating bonds issued and to be issued under proceedings heretofore had; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on County, City and Town Organization.

Mr. Bowers, from the Joint Committee on Special, Private and Local Legislation, reported that the object of within bill can be reached by general law or court proceedings.

S. B. No. 16. A bill to amend the charter of the city of Portsmouth, approved March 10, 1908, by adding thereto a new section to be known as section 31-a, prescribing rules and regulations for the bringing of actions against the city of Portsmouth for damages for injuries to persons or property alleged to have been sustained by reason of negligence; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on County, City and Town Organization.

MR. MAPP, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 80. A bill to adopt the Hyslup pure elections ballotbox for use in the general, special and primary elections held in the State; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections.

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Mr. Holt, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 81. A bill directing the Auditor of Public Accounts to pay out of the appropriation for criminal charges fees earned by certain attorneys for the Commonwealth during the years of 1916 and 1917; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

MR. CONRAD, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 82. A bill to provide for State insurance of public property against fire and lightning; and to make an appropriation out of the State treasury for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

MESSRS. BOWERS and Canyon, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 83. A bill prescribing the method by which cities having a population of more than 50,000 and less than 100,000, according to the United States census of 1910, may sell water in territory not now within their corporate limits; which was taken up and referred to ('ommittee on Special, Private and Local Legislation.

MESSRS. HENING, GAYLE and MITCHELL, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 84. A bill to set forth the qualifications prerequisite to taking examinations as registered pharmacists on and after April 1, 1922; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on General Laws.

MR. Mathews, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 85. A bill to prohibit the recordation of plats for the sub-division of land into lots, showing on said plats streets and alleys, within, or within twenty miles from, the limits of any city of sixty thousand or more inhabitants, according to the United States census of 1910, except in conformity with the plan provided by such city; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice.

MR. STRODE, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 86. A bill to enlarge the powers of married women in respect of dower rights; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice.

MR. Rison, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 87. A bill to supervise the operation of fire insurance rate-making bureaus and providing for their examination by the ('ommissioner of Insurance; prohibiting discrimination in fixing and collecting fire insurance rates; requiring companies to maintain and co-operate in maintaining and operating rate-making bureaus; requiring inspection and survey by such bureaus of all risks specifically rated ; regulating agreements between companies or other insurers with respect to fixing and collecting fire insurance rates; and authorizing hearing upon and review of the rates fixed by any bureau

for fire insurance upon property within this State; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Insurance and Banking.

MR. WENDENBURG, by leave, presented

S. B. No. 88. A bill to amend and re-enact section 3508 of the Code of Virginia, in relation to fees of certain officers, as heretofore amended; which was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. Jt. Res. No. 3. To designate a floral emblem for the State of Virginia, was taken up and read the second time.

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

S. B. No. 11. A bill to authorize and empower the board of supervisors of Culpeper county, Virginia, to pay off certain bonds her fore issued for macadamizing certain road in Catalpa magisterial district, in Culpeper county, Virginia, out of road district sinking fund, was taken up, read the second time, ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

S. B. No. 21. A bill to authorize the use, so far as practicable, of the convict road force in the construction and maintenance of “The State Highway System,” was taken up, read the second time, ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

S. B. No. 22. A bill to provide for the acceptance of the terms and provisions of an act of Congress, approved July 11, 1916, entitled an act to provide that the United States shall aid the States in the construction of rural post roads, and for other purposes, was taken up, read the second time, committee amendments agreed to, and the bill as amended, ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

S. B. No. 23. A bill to establish “The State Highway System, was taken up, read the second time, committee amendments agreed to.

MR. GOOLRICK moved that the bill be passed and made a special and continuing order for next Tuesday, January 22, 1918, at 12:30 o'clock.

MR. ROYALL moved to reconsider the vote by which

S. B. No. 21. A bill to authorize the use, so far as practicable, of the convict road force in the construction and maintenance of “The State Highway System," and

S. B. No. 22. A bill to provide for the acceptance of the terms and provisions of an act of Congress, approved July 11, 1916, entitled an act to provide that the United States shall aid the States in the construction of rural post roads, and for other purposes, were ordered to be engrossed; which was agreed to; and on his further motion, were made a special and continuing order for Tuesday, January 22, 1918, at 12:30 o'clock, they being companion bills to S. B. No. 23 set for that hour.

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