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WHEN LAWS TO TAKE EFFECT.

Mr. STEPHENS from the Committee on the Legislative Department made the following report : To the PRESIDENT of the Convention :

I am instructed by a majority of the Committee on the Legislative Department to report the following amendment to Article II:

ARTICLE II.

Section 32. No law of a general nature shall go into effect until the fortieth day after its passage, unless such law, or its preamble, shall declare that the public welfare requires that it should také effect sooner.

Respectfully submitted,

W. H. STEPHENS,

Chairman, etc. Mr. GARDNER moved that the Convention take up the report.

Mr. Key moved to lay the amendment proposed by the Committee on the table.

Mr. GIBSON demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered and the motion to lay on the table rejected : Yeas......

..24 Nays...

..48 Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Bate, Baxter, Blackburn, Blizard, Burkett, Carter, Dibbrell, Doherty, Hill of Warren, Ivie, Key, Kirkpatrick, Mabry, McDougal, Martin, Meeks, Morris, Sample, Staley, and Thompson of Maury-24.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Brandon, Branson, Britton, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, etc., Burton, Byrne, Campbell, Chowning, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Dromgoole, Fentress, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibbs, Gibson, Gordon, Heiskell, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, House of Williamson, House of Montgomery, Jones of Giles, Kennedy, Kyle, McNabb, Netherland, Nicholson, Parker, Porter of Haywood, Seay, Shepard, Shelton, Stephens, Taylor, Thompson of Davidson, Turner, Walters, Warner, Williamson and Wright--48.

Mr. BURKETT demanded the previous question, which was sustained, and the amendment reported by the Committee was adopted without a division.

MISCELLANEOUS.

On motion of Mr. Key, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Miscellenaeous Mat

ters.

Mr. JONES, of Giles, offered the following amendment to the first amendment proposed by the Committee :

After the word "cast" insert, “which shall be a majority of all the votes in the last election for Governor preceding the vote," so that the section will read : “ The Legislature shall have the right, , at any time, by law, to submit to the people the question of calling a Convention to alter, reform, or abolish this Constitution, and when, upon such submission, a majority of all the votes cast, and which shall be a majority of all the votes cast in the last election for Governor preceding the vote, shall be in favor of said proposition, then delegates shall be chosen, and the Convention shall assemble in form, mode and manner as shall be prescribed.”

Mr. BURKETT demanded the previous question, which was sustained.

Mr. JONES' amendment was rejected.

The amendment of the Committee to Section 3, Article XI, was adopted. Yeas........

37 Nays.....

32 Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Blackburn, Branson, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, etc., Byrne, Carter, Chowning, Dibbrell, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibbs, Gibson, Hill of Warren, House of Williamson, House of Montgomery, etc., Ivie, Jones of Giles, Key, Kirkpatrick, Mabry, McDougal, Martin, Meeks, Porter of Haywood, Porter of Henry, Sample, Seay, Staley, Taylor, Turner, Warner and Wright-231.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Bate, Baxter, Blizard, Brandon, Britton, Burkett, Burton, Campbell, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Doherty, Dromgoole, Fentress, Gordon, Heiskell, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, Kennedy, Kyle, McNabb, Morris, Netherland, Nicholson, Parker, Shepard, Shelton, Stephens, Thompson of Davidson, Thompson of Maury, and Walters-32.

Mr. GIBSON offered the following in lieu of the section reported by the Committee, to follow Section 5 :

“ The Legislature shall have no power to pass special acts chang

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ing the names of persons, or for the adoption or legitimation of persons, or establishing fish traps or ferries, or remitting or releasing penalties due or accruing to the State, but shall by general laws confer this power on the courts.”

Which was rejected by the Convention.

Mr. BLACKBURN demanded the yeas and nays on the adoption of the section as reported by the Committee, which were ordered, and the section adopted.

Yeas.........
Nays....

43
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Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Bate, Baxter, Blizard, Branson, Britton, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Burkett, Carter, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Dromgoole, Gibson, Gordon, Heiskell, Hill of Gibson, House of Williamson, House of Montgomery, etc., Ivie, Jones of Giles, Kennedy, Key, Kirkpatrick, Kyle, Mabry, McDougal, McNabb, Meeks, Morris, Netherland, Nicholson, Parker, Seay, Shepard, Shelton, Stephens, Taylor, Thompson of Maury, and Turner-43.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Blackburn, Brandon, Brown of Henry, etc., Burton, Byrne, Campbell, Chowning, Dibbrell, Doherty, Fentress, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibbs, Hill of Warren, Martin, Porter of Haywood, Porter of Henry, Sample, Staley, Thompson of Davidson, Walters, Warner and Wright-26.

Section, to follow Section 11, as reported by the Committee, was adopted without a division.

Mr. KEY moved to reconsider the vote adopting the section, which was adopted.

Mr. JONES, of Giles, offered the following in lieu of the report of the Committee.

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Any person holding office under the laws of this State who, except in payment of his legal salary, fees or perquisites, receives, or consents to receive directly or indirectly, anything of value or of personal advantage, or the promise thereof, for performing any official act, or with the express or implied understanding that his official actions, or omission to act, is to be in any degree influenced thereby, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and on conviction shall

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be punished by imprisonment in a State prison for a term not exceeding five years, or by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, or both, in the discretion of the court. This section shall not affect the validity of any existing statutes in relation to the offence of bribery.

Mr. Gibson offered the following in lieu of Mr. Jones' amend

ment:

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No State officer, or member of the Legislature, shall directly or indirectly act as counsel, agent, or attorney, in the prosecution of any claim against the State, or in advocating any measure in either House of the Legislature.'

Which was rejected by the Convention.
Mr. HOUSE, of Williamson, offered the following amendment:

Insert after the word " receive," in second line, the words, “in consideration of being such member or officer;" and strike out all after the word “corporation" in third line.

Mr. ALLEN moved to lay the original proposition, and all pending amendments, on the table.

Mr. CYPERT demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered, and the motion to lay on the table sustained. Yeas.....

...:40 Nays....

.28 Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Baxter, Blizard, Brandon, Britton, Brooks, Brown of Henry, etc.,. Burkett, Burton, Campbell, Carter, Chowning, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Doherty, Dromgoole, Gibbs, Heiskell, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, Ivie, Kennedy, Key, Kirkpatrick, Kyle, Mabry, McDougal, McNabb, Meeks, Nicholson, Porter of Haywood, Seay, Shelton, Stephens, Thompson of Davidson, Thompson of Maury, Walters and Williamson-40.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Blackburn, Branson, Byrne, Coffin, Dibbrell, Fentress, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibson, Gordon, Hill of Warren, House of Williamson, Jones of Giles, Martin, Morris, Netherland, Parker, Porter of Henry, Sample, Shepard, Staley, Taylor, Turner, Warner and Wright-28.

Mr. PORTER, of Haywood, proposed to amend the section reported by the Committee in relation to a homestead, by striking out the words “ one thousand” and inserting " five hundred.”

On motion of Mr. GIBBS, the amendment was laid on the table.
Mr. GIBBS offered the following amendment:
Strike out“ to the value of not less than one thousand dollars,"

and insert, " to the extent of fifty acres of land outside of corporated towns, or one town lot not exceeding one acre.”

Mr. PORTER, of Haywod, moved to lay the amendment on the table, and demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered, and the motion sustained.

Yeas.....

.57 Nays...

8 Those voting in the affirmative are :

Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Bate, Baxter, Blizard, Brandon, Branson, Britton, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, etc., Burton, Byrne, Campbell, Carter, Chowning, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Dibbrell, Dromgoole, Fentress, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibson, Gordon, Heiskell, Hill of Warren, House of Williamson, House of Davidson, etc., Ivie, Jones of Giles, Kennedy, Kirpatrick, Kyle, Mabry, McDougal, McNabb, Meeks, Morris, Netherland, Nicholson, Porter of Haywood, Sanıple, Seay, Shepard, Shelton, Staley, Turner, Walters, Warner, Williamson and Wright-57.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Doherty, Gibbs, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, Key, Martin, Porter of Henry, etc. and Thompson of Maury—8.

Mr. HILL, of Gibson, offered the following amendment: Add to the end of the Section : “ The Legislature may increase the amount of this exemption.”

moved to lay the amendment on the table. Mr. SHEPARD demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered, and the motion to lay on the table sustained. Yeas...

44 Nays......

24 Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Bate, Baxter, Branson, Britton, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, etc., Burkett, Byrne, Campbell, Carter, Chowning, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Dibbrell, Dohe:ty, Dromgoole, Fentress, Fielder, Gardner, Gaut, Gibson, House of Williamson, House of Montgomery, etc., Jones of Giļes, Kennedy, McDougal, McNabb, Parker, Porter of Haywood, Porter of Henry, Sample, Shepard, Staley, Stephens, Thompson of Davidson, Turner, Walters, Williamson and Wright—44.

Those voting in the negative are:
Messrs. Brandon, Burton, Finley, Garner, Gibbs, Gordon, Heis-

Mr.

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