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the Legislature to provide for the election or appointment of a suitable number of Criminal Judges for this State.
Mr. TAYLOR offered the following resolution :
Be it resolved, That the credit of this state shall never be given or loaned in aid of any person, association, municipality or corporation. That this be referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department.
Mr. TURNER offered the following resolution, which was read and referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That Article II, Section 18 of the Constitution, be amended by adding after the word “Speakers,” “Nor until the same has been signed by the Executive. If the Executive shall refuse to sign the same, he shall, in two days, return the bill to the House in which it originated, with his reasons for refusing to sign it. The bill may then become a law; Provided, a majority of all the members of each House shall vote for it."
Mr. TURNER offered the following resolution, which was read and referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department :
Resolved. That Senators hereafter shall be elected for the term of four years. That upon the meeting of the Legislature on the first Monday of October, 1871, the Senators elect shall draw lots for the long and short terms. The members drawing the short terms shall serve for two years, and those drawing the long term shall serve for four years.
At each biennial election after the next general election for members of the Legislature, no election shall be held for Senators except in cases of vacancies."
Mr. WARNER submitted the following amendments to the Constitution, which were read and referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That Article III, Section 9, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, be so amended as to strike out the words and shall state to them when assembled, the purposes for which they shall have been convened," and insert in their stead the following words: “And shall state to them specifically, in the proclamation calling them together, the purposes for which they are to convene.”
Resolved, That Article III, Section 16, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, be so amended as to add the following words after the word “Governor,” “in person."
REPORT ON PRINTING.
Mr. GARNER, from the Committee on Printing, made the following report:
The Committee on Printing have directed me to report that they find that the Public Printers for this State, Messrs. JONES, PURVIS & Co., (proprietors of the Union and American and of the Republican Banner) are prepared to do such printing as this body may order, with neatness and dispatch, and upon the terms now prescribed by law.
Your Committee request further time in which to make report as to the printing of such number of copies of the Journal of the proceedings of this Convention as may be ordered, and recommend the passage of the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That the Secretary of this Convention procure to be printed by JONES, Purvis & Co., on the terms prescribed by law, such job printing as has or may be ordered by this body, and that the Committee on Printing be allowed time in which to make further report as to the printing of the Journal of the proceedings of this body. Respectfully submitted,
JOHN E. GARNER,
Chairman Which report was received, and the resolution adopted.
REPORT ON CREDENTIALS,
Mr. HOUSE, of Williamson, from the Committee on Credentials, made the following report, which was received, adopted, and ordered to be spread on the minutes :
The Committee on Credentials respectfully report that they have examined the credentials of the following-named persons, and find them to be entitled to seats as members of this Convention, to-wit :
From the County of Bedford-THOMPSON BAKER IVIE.
From the County of Davidson-NEIL SMITH BROWN, and JOHN CLAIBORNE THOMPSON.
From the County of Dickson-THOMAS CARTER MORRIS.
From the County of Giles-THOMAS Mch ISSICK JONES.
From the County of Shelby-WILLIAM HENRY STEPHENS and JOSEPH BROWN HEISKELL.
From the County of Smith-JOHN ALLEN.
From the County of White-GEORGE GIBBS DIBBRELL.
From the County of Wilson-SAMUEL GEORGE SHEPARD and WILLIAM HENRY WILLIAMSON,
From the County of Williamson-SAMUEL SMITH HOUSE.
From the Counties of Carter and Johnson-WILLIAM BLOUNT CARTER.
From the Counties of Greene, Hawkins, Hancock and JeffersonARTHUR ABSALOM KYLE.
From the Counties of Knox and Sevier-JOSEPH ALEXANDER MABRY.
From the Counties of Anderson and Campbell-HENRY RICHARD GIBSON.
From the Counties of Scott, Morgan and Fentress--JAMES CRAWFORD PARKER.
From the Counties of Polk, MeMinn, and Meigs—THEOPHILUS MERIKEN BURKETT.
From the Counties of Rhea, Bledsoe, Hamilton, and Sequatchie DAVID MCKENDREE KEY.
From the Counties of Grundy, Coffee and Van Buren-MATT. MARTIN.
From the Counties of Smith, Sumner and Macon-GEORGE EDWARD SEAY.
From the Counties of Davidson, Robertson and MontgomeryJOHN FORD HOUSE.
From the Counties of Rutherford and Bedford-JOHN EASTER DROMGOOLE.
From the Counties of Lincoln, Giles and Marshall--JOHN CALVIN BROWN.
From the Counties of Williamson, Maury and Lewis-ALFRED OSBORNE POPE NICHOLSON.
From the Counties of Benton and Humphreys-WM. FRENCH DOHERTY.
From the Counties of Perry and Decatur–GEORGE WASHINGTON WALTERS.
From the Counties of Carroll, Gibson, Madison and Henry-JAMES STEPHEN BROWN.
From the Counties of Dyer and Lauderdale--ALFRED TYLER FIELDER.
From the Counties of Tipton, Shelby and Fayette-HUMPHREY RASCOE BATE.
Mr. DIBBRELL submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Judiciary Committee be instructed to inquire into and report the propriety of amending the Constitution so as to adopt the two-term system of the Circuit Courts, and of reducing the number of Circuits in this State to twelve, and of reducing the number of Chancery Divisions to eight. The Chancellors and Judges, as well as Clerks of said Courts, to be elected by the qualified voters of their respective Counties, Circuits or Divisions.
Mr. STALEY offered the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:
Resolved, That the Circuit Judges of this State shall be required to reduce to writing their charges to traverse juries before delivering the same. After the charges have been delivered they shall be filed with the papers in the cause, and shall not afterwards be altered or added to.
Mr. TAYLOR submitted the following resolution, which was read and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:
Resolved, That Section 2, of Article IV., be so amended as to read as follows: The Supreme Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. The number of Associate Justices may be increased or decreased by law, but shall never be less than
That this be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON BILL OF RIGHTS.
Mr. BAXTER, from the Committee on the Bill of Rights, made the following report, which was ordered to be laid on the table and printed :
WHEREAS, The people of the territory of the United States south of the Ohio river, having the right of admission into the General Government as a member State thereof, consistent with the Constitution of the United States, and the act of cession of the State of North Carolina, recognizing the ordinance for the government of the territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio River, by their Delegates and Representatives in Convention assembled, did, on the sixth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, ordain and establish a Constitution, or form of government, and mutually agreed with each other to