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9_Report of the Special Committee of the Senate on Retrenchment.
14-Majority and minority reports of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate on Senate Bill
No. 2, relative to calling a Constitutional Convention.
RAILROAD FARES AND FREIGHTS.
21-Report of the Assembly Committee to which was referred the memorial of the California
Woman Suffrage Association. 22—Majority and minority 'reports of the Senate Committee on Education relative to Assembly
Bill No. 374. 23-Minority report of the Joint Committee of the Senate and Assembly on the question of
appropriating money in aid of the Centennial Exposition. 24Report of the Senate Committee on Fisheries relative to Senate Bills Nos. 39, 182, 307,
and 308. 25- Communications relative to Sonate BiH No 279, tronk the Mayor and City Attorney of Ban
Francisco, and the Attorney of the Board of State Harbor Commissioners. 26 Report of the Senate Committee on Agriculture on Senate Bill No. 508, relative to the
destruction of the phylloxera. 27-Memorial of A. L. Bancroft & Co. to Senate and Assembly, relative to their contract with
the State Board of Education for supplying text-books to the public schools. 28 Minority
förity report of the Joint Committee of the Senate an Assembly on the translatìon of
the laws into the Sparissh fänguage. 29* Minority report of the San Francisco delegation on Senate Bill No. 115.
30--Report of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bills"Nós. 3, 4, and 10. J '31~Report of tħe Senate Special Committee to whom was referred certain questions relative to
the Regents of the State University. 32- Report of the Special Committee of the Assembly appointed to inquire into the matter of
water rates in Eastern cities, as compared with prices in San Francisco. 33_Minority report of the Assembly Committee on Corporations on Assembly Bill No. 182, con
cerning railroad fares and freights. 34-Biennial report of the State Board of Equalization for the years 1874-5. $s Report of the Attorney General for the years 1874-5:G-- Biennial report of the Commissioners to manage the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big
Tree Grove for the years 1874-5.
Mr. PRESIDENT: Your Committee on Corporations, to whom were referred Senate Bill No. 332, Assembly Bill No. 182, Senate Bill No. 319, and Senate Bill No. 134, have had the same under consideration, and now return said bills to the Senate with the following report and recommendations. Senator Lindsey, the author of Senate Bill No. 332, stated to the committee that the grounds covered by his measure were practically the same as those embodied in the Assembly bill, and requested the committee, in their deliberations, to allow the Assembly bill to take the place of the one introduced by him. For convenience throughout this report the Assembly bill will be designated as the "Archer bill," and Senate Bill No. 134 as the “O'Connor bill"
Your committee has given to the subject matter involved in these measures such consideration as its importance demands, and the other senatorial duties required of us would permit. We are sensible of the great interests involved, and the agitation that the public mind has undergone in respect to railroad management, and the relations of the companies to the public interests. We have endeavored to give due consideration to the daily business intercourse existing between transportation companies and the community. We have realized the necessity for the enactment of a law more restrictive in its character, calculated to foster the leading industries of the State, to cripple' none of them, and which, at the same time, would not impair the usefulness and efficiency of the transportation companies. We have recognized the strong desire of communities, not possessed of railroad conveniences, for the rapid construction of trunk and branch lines, and of the same desire on the part of the leading commercial centers to establish communication with the remote and more inaccessible districts of the coast. We have not been in doubt in respect to the right to readjust maximum rates, but the extent to which it could be wisely and judiciously exercised, and the mode ånd manner in which control should be enforced, we find full of embarrassment. The necessity for doing something effective, and that would realize the best public expectation, has been constantly confronted by the apprehension that in the lack of technical knowledge of the subject, positive injuries to the prosperity of the State might result from any law we might pass.
In view of the experience of other American States, in their efforts