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State Council of Defense


piration of their term of office, on properly accounting for all property for which they are responsible. All enlisted men who have served the required number of years are entitled to an honorable discharge in writing.

Sec. 17. Same.-Enlisted men may be discharged as prescribed in general orders promulgated by the commander-inchief.

Sec. 18. State council of defense. That in order to make further and more effectual provision for the national defense, there is hereby established a State Council of Defense, to be known hereafter in this act as the council, to assist the governor and the State Militia in doing all things necessary to bring about the highest effectiveness within our state in the crisis now existing, and to co-ordinate all efforts with those of the federal government and with those of other states.

The members of the council shall be appointed by the governor and shall be selected as follows:

1. One representative of the manufacturing interests of the state.

2.-One representative of labor.

3. One representative of the farmers.

4. A woman, who will represent the Red Cross and relief societies.

5. A physician shall represent the medical profession.
6. One representative of the bankers.

7. One representative of the railroads.

8. One trained engineer.

9. The adjutant general.

10. Two citizens at large.

Sec. 19. Removal from membership.-Any member may be removed by the governor at any time and the vacancy filled.

Sec. 20. Governor-member of council.-The governor shall be ex-officio member of the general council committees.

Sec. 21. Compensation.-The members of this council, unless receiving a salary or pay from the federal government, from

the state or from the county or municipality, shall be paid in compensation the sum of $5.00 for each day actively spent in the work of the council; the members of the council shall also receive their traveling expenses incurred in the active performance of their duties.

Sec. 22. Meeting of council.-The members of the council, on receiving notice of appointment, shall assemble at Lincoln at a time and place to be fixed by the governor, and shall forthwith organize, elect a chairman and select a secretary, who need not be a member of such council.

Sec. 23. Assistants.-The council shall appoint such experts, stenographers, clerks and other employees as may be necessary, and shall fix their compensation. Such persons so employed may, if the council shall so determine, receive, in addition to their compensation, traveling expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duty.

Sec. 24. Office quarters.-Suitable rooms for the office of said council shall be provided at Lincoln and in such other places as shall be found by the council to be necessary and convenient for the performance of its duties, and said council shall also be furnished such necessary office furniture, stationery and supplies as may be necessary for the proper performance of its duties. Such office furniture, stationery and supplies shall be furnished upon request of said council.

Sec. 25. Rules and regulations.-The council shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out this act. It shall have the right to form advisory or other committees from outside its membership and there organize subordinate bodies for its assistance and special investigations, either by employment of experts or by creation of committees of especially qualified persons, and may form such committees from among its own members as may be necessary and convenient.

Sec. 26. All such committees, bodies or combinations thereof shall act together or separately in such manner as the council may direct.

Sec. 27. The council, as soon as it is organized shall communicate at once with the National Council of Defense and offer its co-operation, and state that it is organized and is ready to

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Rules and Regulations


receive information and to carry out within the State of Nebraska such plans as will be mutually agreed upon for the defense of the nation, and shall in every way possible co-operate with such national council. It shall also get into communication with defense bodies representing other states and shall co-operate with them as far as may be practicable.

Sec. 28. The council, after consultation with the National Council of Defense, shall gather at once, through its committee or otherwise, statistics, facts and other information found necessary and shall arrange them in an orderly and accessible manner. It shall supervise and direct investigation and make recommendations to the governor and to the legislature.

Sec. 29. In all emergency matters relating to defense before the legislature of the state the council may be called into committee of the whole on legislation to raise funds, gather supplies, or in general upon discussion of any matters affecting the conduct of such defense.

Sec. 30. The council by itself and thru its agents and employes, shall have power to make full investigation as to all questions directly or indirectly relating to or bearing upon the purposes referred to in this act. It shall have power to subpoena witnesses and to require their testimony and to compel the production of account books and files and all papers and documents deemed relevant to any investigation or matter which may be under consideration by such council, and shall have the power to issue compulsory process to compel the attendance of said witnesses. In case the person served disobeys the command of such subpoena, it shall have power to punish the offending person for contempt.

Sec. 31. All departments, bureaus, commissions, boards and institutions receiving public funds, all officers of the state or of any county or municipality therein, and all citizens shall cooperate with and give all reasonable aid to the council as may be required by it.

Sec. 32. Unless it shall be otherwise determined or ordered by the governor, no information in the possession of the council, or in the possession of any one for it, shall be made public, but, unless so ordered, all such information shall be regarded as confidential; any member, officer, clerk or employe or other person

divulging or making known any information contrary to the provisions hereof, or in any manner aiding in divulging or making known such information, shall be punished by a fine of not to exceed one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding three months.

Sec. 33. Repeal.-That Sections 3903, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908, 3912, 3919, 3922, 3923, 3924, 3925, 3926, 3927, 3928, 3929, 3945, 3947, Chapter 41, Revised Statutes for 1913 and all acts or parts of acts in conflict with this act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 34 Emergency.-Whereas, an emergency exists, this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval.

Approved, April 25, 1917.


(House Roll No. 63.)

[Introduced by Messrs. Shannon, Hopkins, Keegan, Jelen, Richmond, Goodall, Lovely, Nielsen, Schneider, Craddock and Bulla.]

AN ACT supplemental to Chapter 46 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska for 1913, and relating to municipal corporations authorizing cities of the metropolitan class to extend their boundaries, providing the conditions under which such boundaries may be extended; to repeal Section 4069 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska for 1913, as amended by Chapter 75 of the Session Laws of Nebraska for 1915, to repeal Sections 4072, 4073, 4074, 4075, 4076, 4077 and 4078, of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska for 1913, and Chapter 212 of the Session Laws of Nebraska for 1915, the same being Senate File No. 2, of said session, and declaring an emergency.

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Nebraska:

Section 1. Metropolitan cities-corporate limits-law fixes. -The corporate limits of any city of the metropolitan class shall be fixed and determined by the mayor and council of such city by ordinance. The mayor and city council of any metropolitan city may at any time extend the corporate limits of such city over any lands, lots, tracts, street or highway, such distance. as may be deemed proper in any direction, and may include,

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Annexation, Merger

493 annex, merge or consolidate with such metropolitan city, by such extension of its limits, any adjoining city of the first class having less than 10,000 population, or any adjoining city of the second class or village. Provided, that any other laws and limitations heretofore or now provided for defining the boundaries of cities or villages or the increase of area or extension of limits thereof, shall not apply to lots, lands, cities or villages annexed, consolidated or merged under this act. Provided, further, that the grant of power herein given shall not be construed as conferring power upon the mayor and council to extend the limits of a metropolitan city over any agricultural lands which are rural in character.

Sec. 2. Annexation of adjacent city or village-effect. Whenever any city of the metropolitan class shall extend its boundaries so as to annex or merge with it any city or village, the laws, ordinances, powers and government of such metropolitan city shall extend over the territory embraced within such city or village so annexed or merged with the metropolitan city from and after the date of annexation. The date of annexation or merger shall be set forth in the ordinance providing for the same, and after said date the metropolitan city shall succeed to all the property and property rights of every kind, contracts, obligations and choses in action of every kind held by or belonging to the city or village annexed or merged with it, and the metropolitan city shall be liable for and recognize, assume and carry out all valid contracts, obligations, and licenses of any such city or village so annexed, or merged with the metropolitan city, and any such city or village so annexed or merged with the metropolitan city, shall be deemed fully compensated by virtue of such annexation or merger, and the said assumption of its obligations and contracts, for all its properties and property rights of every kind acquired as aforesaid, by the metropolitan city, as thus annexed and merged. Provided, however, that any public franchise, license, or privilege granted to or held by any person or corporation from any of the cities or villages annexed or merged with any metropolitan city, before such annexation or merger, shall not by virtue of such annexation or merger be extended into, upon or over the streets, alleys or public places of the metropolitan city involved in such consolidation and merger.

Sec. 3.

Annexation or merger-police judge-justice of peace. Where, at the time of such annexation or merger, there

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