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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BILL OF RIGHTS.
Mr. BAXTER, from the Committee on the Bill of Rights, made a verbal report, asking to be discharged from the further consideration of sundry petitions referred to them, which was accordingly ordered by the Convention.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE.
On application of Mr. BURTON, leave of absence was granted him until Tuesday next.
Mr. ARLEDGE was also granted leave of absence until Tuesday next.
On motion of Mr. PORTER, of Haywood, the Convention adjourned until Monday morning, at 103 o'clock.
MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 17, 1870.
The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. President BROWN in the Chair.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Sample, a member of this body..
The roll was called for petitions and memorials, when
Mr. BURKETT offered the following resolutions, which were read and referred to the Committee on the Judicial Department:
Resolved, 1st. That the attention of the proper. Committee be called to the propriety of presenting such alterations or amendments to our present State Constitution as will provide for the election of only one Justice of the Peace for each Civil District of every County in the State, except in such districts as include a County seat, or shall have over a given number of qualified voters, and that in such Districts, so excepted, an additional Justice of the Peace shall be elected.
2d. That the attention of the proper Committee be called to the propriety
of presenting such amendments to the Constitution as will provide that County Courts hold their sessions quarterly, or once only in every three months, looking to legislation that will confer power on the Chairman of the several County Courts to grant letters of administration or testamentary qut of term time upon proper qualification of applicants for such letters.
Mr. BURKETT introduced the following resolution, which was read and referred to the Committee on Franchise and Elections:
Resolved, That the attention of the proper committee be called to the propriety of combining two or more civil districts, so that the voting population of such combined districts shall not exceed some given number to be presented by such committee, and that such, two or more, combined civil districts shall form a district, which shall elect only one Constable, who shall discharge all the duties now by law made incumbent on the Constables of the said combined districts and in addition thereto, such Constables shall be
required to collect the State and county revenue, due from citizens of such combined districts.
Mr. BRITTON submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That the Committee on the Legislative Department be requested to enquire into and report how far the Constitution should be amended allowing the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing the people of any County, District, incorporated Town, one half or two thirds of the qualified voters in such County, District, or incorporated Town voting therefor, to prohibit the exercise of privileges within their respective limits.
RETRENCHMENT AND REFORM.
Mr. BROOKS offered the following resolution, which lies over under the rule :
Resolved, That the President of this Convention appoint a Special Committee of seven on Retrenchment and Reform.
Mr. Brooks offered the following resolution, which lies over one day under the rule:
Resolved, That the Committee on the Franchise be requested to eport their action at as early a day as practicable and consistent with their labors.
Mr. BLIZARD offered the following resolution, which was read and referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That the Constitution of the State of Tennessee be so amended as to provide that the Legislature shall be elected for two years,
and that each member shall receive for his services a stated salary of one thousand dollars in lieu of all other pay or allowance to be made to him ; Provided, that four dollars per day of the salary of any member absenting himself from the Legislature during its sessions, without leave of the House of which he is a member, shall be withheld upon the final settlement of his account.
IMPEACHMENT OF JUDGE FRAZIER.
Mr. BAXTER offered the following preamble and resolutions, which, the House refusing to supend the rules, lies over for one day:
WHEREAS, the House of Representatives of this State on day of 1867, exhibited articles of impeachment against the Honorable Thomas N. Frazier, Judge of the Criminal Court of Davidson County, for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors, upon which he was subsequently arraigned before and tried by the Senate, sitting as a High Court of Impeachment, found guilty, removed from his office and disqualified from ever thereafter holding any office in this State ; and
WHEREAS, In the opinion of this Convention, the said Thomas N. Frazier, was an honest, upright, just and able Judge; that his judgment complained of in said articles of Impeachment, was not only dictated by honest convictions of duty, but was a just and correct exposition of the law involved in the case; and that said Impeachment, trial, conviction and judgment of disqualification, originated in a corrupt conspiracy, and was conducted to a final conclusion for the accomplishment of partizan purposes ; It is, therefore
Resolved, That a Select Committee of five be appointed to prepare and report, to this Convention, an article to be incorporated into the Constitution, relieving the said Thomas N. Frazier from the disabilities imposed upon him by the conviction and judgment aforesaid.
THE ORGANIZATION OF THE LEGISLATURE.
Mr. CAMPBELL submitted the following amendments to the Constitution of the State, which were read and referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of Tennessee shall consist of ninety members ; thirty of whom are to be Senators.
Resolved, That the State be laid off into fifteen (15) Senatorial Districts, from each of which, two (2) Senators shall be elected.
Resolved, That the Senators shall be elected by freeholders (of value $_-) in their respective Districts; that the Senators first elected, shall be elected for nine (9) years; that on the first convening of the Senate the Senators shall be classed into three (3) classes ; the term of service of the first class, shall expire at the expiration of three (3) years, from date of election; the second class at the end of six (6) years, and the third class at the expiration of nine (9) years, so that one-third be elected every third year, and in case of vacancy in either class, the vacancy to be filled by special election.
Resolved, That an election for Senators and Representatives be held on the first Thursday in August, 1871, and ever thereafter triennially on the first Thursday in August.
Resolved, That the House of Representatives be elected by the qualified voters of the respective Counties and Districts, based upon the voting population.
Resolved, That after the first session of the General Assembly, the sessions of the General Assembly shall be limited to ninety (90) days; the Governor to convene the Legislature for special purpose and legislation to be confined to that purpose.
Resolved, That no person be eligible for Senator until he is thirtyfive (35) years of age, and for member of the House until twentyeight (28) years of age.
Resolved, That no person who has heretofore been convicted of any crime, punishable by confinement in the Penitentiary, or who shall hereafter be convicted of any crime punishable by confinement in the Penitentiary, shall ever be entitled to vote.
Resolved, That the House of Representatives have the sole right of originating bills for laying and collecting taxes; subject to be amended or rejected by the Senate.
Mr. CAMPBELL submitted the following propositions to amend the Constitution of the State, which were read and ordered to lie on the table :
Resolved, That on the first Thursday in August, 1871, the Governor be elected, and ever thereafter on the first Thursday in August every fourth year; and shall hold office until his successor is elected and qualified, (the oath of office of Governor to be administered by any Judge of the Courts.)
Resolved, That no one shall be eligible to the office of Governor until he has arrived at the age of 35 and shall have been a citizen
of the State of Tennessee three years next preceding the day of his election,
Resolved, That there be an election for Lt. Governor on the same day (Governor's election,) who shall possess the same qualifications as Governor: The Lt. Governor shall be ex-officio President of the Senate, but shall have no vote except in a tie vote of Senators. In event of death, resignation, removal from office, or absence from the State, the Lt. Governor shall discharge the duties of Governor.
Resolved, That the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint the Judges, Chancellors, Justices of the Peace, Secretary of State, Comptroller of the State, Secretary, Treasurer, Attorney General for State and District Attorneys General, twothirds of the Senators elected concurring therein.
Mr. CAMPBELL submitted the following propositions to amend the Constitution of the State, which were read and referred to the Committee on the Judicial Department:
Resolved, That there be instituted a Court of Appeals in Law, consisting of three (3) Judges, one of whom shall be Chief Justice of that Court.
Resolved, That there be established a Court of Appeals in Equity, consisting of four Judges, one of whom shall be Chief Justice of that Court.
Resolved, That the Judges of Courts of Appeals, in Law and Equity, shall constitute a Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee for the correction of errors in Law and Equity: That the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals in Equity shall be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and that said Supreme Court hold its sessions once a year in the city of Nashville.
Resolved, That the Court of Appeals in Law shall be held in each of the Grand Divisions of the State, at such times and place as the Legislature shall prescribe.
Resolved, That the Court of Appeals in Equity shall be held in each of the three Grand Divisions of the State, at such times and places as the Legislature shall prescribe.
Resolved, That Appeals in the nature of writs of Error, Appeals and Writs of Error, shall lie from the Court of Appeals in Equity and the Court of Appeals in Law to the Supreme Court for correction of Errors in Equity and Law, and causes may be transferred from either of the Courts of Appeals into the Supreme Court for final determination under such rules and regulations as the Legislature may prescribe.
Resolved, That there be established in each county in the State, except Davidson and Shelby Counties, one Court of Law, to be styled the Circuit Court, to hold its sessions twice a year; that