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SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES.
Agriculture and forestry - Looney, Kelly, Clem.
Assessment and taxation-Mulkey, Mackay, Porter, Cameron, Michell.
Claims-Howe, Fulton, Daly of Lake.
Commerce and navigation — Selling, Howe, Proebstel.
Printing - Michell, Selling, Haines.
Irrigation Proebstel, Cameron, Morrow.
Judiciary-Fulton, Brownell, Michell, Kelly, Dufur.
Military affairs-Josephi, Wade, Driver.
Penal institutions- Haines, Driver, Looney.
Mining-Cameron, Harmon, Smith.
Municipal corporations- Haseltine, Harmon, Smith.
Public buildings and institutions — Adams, Haseltine, Smith. Public lands-Porter, Mulkey, Howe, Driver, Wade.
Railroads - Brownell, Patterson, Daly of Benton, Mackay, Morrow.
Revision of laws-Kelly, Reed, Fulton, Daly of Lake, Smith. Roads and highways- Bates, Daly of Benton, Proebstel, Clem, Brownell.
Ways and means-Mulkey, Kuykendall, Selling, Adams, Patterson.
January 9, 1899.
This being the day designated by law for the convening of the twentieth biennial session of the legislative assembly of the state of Oregon, the senate was called to order by Hon. T. C. Taylor, president, at 10 o'clock a. m.
The roll was called, and all the senators were present except Senators Haseltine, Smith, Haines and Josephi.
On motion of Senator Reed, the senate adjourned until 2 o'clock p. m.
S. L. MOORHEAD,
The senate was called to order at 2 o'clock p. m. by the president, pursuant to adjournment.
The roll was called, and all the members were present except Senator Howe.
Senator Mackay submitted the credentials of Senator elect S. E. Josephi, which was read, and on motion of Senator Mackay the same was approved.
Hon. Charles E. Wolverton, chief justice of the supreme court of the state of Oregon, was requested to administer the oath of office.
The president appointed Senators Mackay and Smith to wait upon the chief justice and request him to administer the oath of office to Senator-elect S. E. Josephi.
The committee retired and soon thereafter appeared accompanied by Hon. Chas. E. Wolverton, chief justice of the supreme court of the state of Oregon, who administered the oath of office to Senator-elect S. E. Josephi, and a copy of said oath was by him duly subscribed.
Senator Fulton introduced senate resolution No. 1.
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 1.
Resolved, That the organization of this senate at the last extraordinary session of the legislative assembly of this state, convened in the year A. D. 1898, be and the same is hereby continued and made to be the organization at and during the present regular session of the legislative assembly, and each and every officer of this senate holding office at the expiration of said extraordinary session shall continue in office as if regularly elected or appointed at this time.
Senator Fulton moved the adoption of the resolution.
On this question the roll was called and the vote was:
Senators Adams, Bates, Brownell, Cameron, Clem, Daly of Benton, Daly of Lake, Driver, Dufur, Fulton, Haines, Harmon, Haseltine, Josephi, Kelly, Kuykendall, Looney, Mackay, Michell, Morrow, Mulkey, Patterson, Porter, Proebstel, Reed, Selling, Smith and Wade-28.
So the resolution was adopted.
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR.
To the honorable, the senate of the state of I have the honor to report the following appointments, made since the special session of 1898:
Members of the board of regents of the state university: Cyrus A. Dolph, appointed November 30, 1898, for the term of twelve years from April 15, 1891, to succeed Henry Failing, deceased; Robert S. Bean, appointed November 30, 1898, for the term of twelve years from April 15, 1893, to succeed A. Bush, resigned; Harrison R. Kincaid, appointed November 30, 1898, for the term of twelve years from April 15, 1891, to succeed A. G. Hovey, deceased.
Member of the board of trustees of the Oregon soldiers' home: S. N. Holt, appointed November 30, 1898, for the term of four years from February 21, 1897, to succeed John P. Robertson.
Confirmation of these appointments is hereby respectfully requested.
WM. P. LORD,
On motion of Senator Fulton, the message was referred to the committee on revision of laws.
MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
January 9, 1899.
I am directed by the speaker to inform you that the house has organized by the election of the following-named officers, towit: Hon. E. V. Carter, speaker; A. C. Jennings, chief clerk; A. V. R. Snyder, first assistant clerk; Frank Motter, reading clerk; D. B. Mackie, calendar clerk; B. S. Worsley, sergeant-at-arms; M. P. Isenberg, doorkeeper; Robert Duncan, Charles Lane, Frank Swope, pages; Bruce C. Curry, mailing clerk, and is now ready for the business of the session.
A. C. JENNINGS,
Senator Looney introduced senate concurrent resolution No. 1.
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1.
Resolved by the senate, the house concurring, That a committee of two on the part of the senate and three on the part of the house be appointed to examine the books and accounts of the state treasurer, with power to employ the necessary clerical aid.
On motion of Senator Looney, the resolution was adopted. Senator Selling, of the joint committee appointed under house concurrent resolution No. 20 of the special session of 1898, submitted the following report:
January 9, 1899.)
Your joint committee, appointed at the extra session of the legislative assembly of the state of Oregon, held in 1898, under house concurrent resolution No. 20, beg leave to report that we have had under consideration the matter covered by the resolution, and have obtained all convenient information upon the subject.
The chairman called a meeting of the committee to be held in Portland on the sixth day of January, 1899, but owing to storms in the eastern part of the state impeding travel and delaying trains Representatives Williamson and Stillman did not arrive in Portland until late on the night of that day and the meeting of the committee, therefore, was not held until the seventh. At the meeting there were present Representatives Williamson and Stillman and Senator Selling.
After a full consideration of all plans proposed, your committee recommend the adoption of the joint resolution presented herewith and which we make a part of this report.
We believe the adoption of said joint resolution will prevent the recur
rence at this session of the clerkship abuses that have so seriously reflected upon past sessions of the Oregon legislature. Respectfully submitted,
J. N. WILLIAMSON,
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 1.
Be it resolved by the senate, the house concurring:
Section 1. That, except the chief clerks and assistants, the journal clerks, calendar clerks, reading clerks and mailing clerks heretofore appointed and provided, no committee clerks or other clerks shall be appointed or employed in either the senate or house during the twentieth regular session of the legislative assembly of the state of Oregon, except as herein provided.
Section 2. The senate shall have and employ one chief enrolling and engrossing clerk and one assistant enrolling and engrossing clerk. The senate committee on judiciary and the senate committee on ways and means may each employ one clerk. In addition to the foregoing, the senate may elect and employ ten committee clerks, two billfilers and four competent stenographers, who shall be typists.
Section 3. The house of representatives shall have and employ one chief and one assistant enrolling and engrossing clerk. The house committees on judiciary and on ways and means may each employ one clerk. In addition to the foregoing, the house may elect and employ fifteen committee clerks, three billfilers and six competent stenographers, who shall be typists.
Section 4. The ten general committee clerks in the senate and fifteen in the house shall report at 9 o'clock in the forenoon of every day they are employed, except Sundays, to the chief clerk of the house to which they may be respectively attached, and it shall be the duties of the chief clerks, respectively, to assign them to the various committees requiring their services during the day. Each committee requiring clerical assistance must, as soon as possible after such wants may become known, notify the chief clerk thereof.
Section 5. It shall be the duty of the billfilers to properly file the bills of all the members of the house to which they are attached.
Section 6. The stenographers shall at all times be at the service of the house and its members to which they may respectively be attached, under the supervision of the chief clerks, to whom they shall report at 9 o'clock in the forenoon of each day of their employment, excepi Sunday.
Section 7. There shall be paid to each of the chief enrolling and engrossing clerks the sum of $6 per day, and to the assistant enrolling and engrossing clerks, the clerks of the committees on judiciary and on ways and means and the stenographers the sum of $5 per day each; and to the general committee clerks and billfilers the sum of $3 per day each. The salary of no clerk, billposter or stenographer shall commence from any time prior to the date he is actually sworn in, and shall run only for days actually employed.
Section 8. No person shall be employed as clerk by either the house or senate who is not in every way competent to perform any and all work he may be called upon to perform, and any person employed by virtue of or under the provisions of this resolution may be dismissed by the house making such employment at any time upon a majority vote thereof.
Senator Selling moved the adoption of the resolution.
Senator Fulton moved to refer to the committee on education. Senators Selling and Michell demanded the yeas and nays.