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under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior for the purpose of providing employment for and the opportunity of securing homes for returned soldiers and sailors is of great general importance to the entire country, involving as it does far reaching plans of readjustment, and

Whereas, immediate action by Congress is necessary in order that plans may be perfected and put into operation,

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the senator and representatives in Congress from the State of Alabama, be and they are hereby very earnestly urged to lend their earnest, enthusiastic and immediate efforts towards securing the prompt passage of the said bill before the adjournment of the present session of Congress.

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be transmitted by the governor under the seal of State to the said senators and representatives.

Approved February 15, 1919.

No. 71.)

(S. 131-Bedsole.

AN ACT

To amend section 563 of the Code, relating to servants of the executive

offices.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:

That section 563 of the Code be amended so as to read: The governor must employ not more than four servants for the executive offices of the State at the capitol, and prescribe their duties. The compensation of each servant not to exceed fifty dollars a month and to be paid monthly on the auditor's warrant, drawn upon the governor's certificate.

Approved February 14, 1919.

No. 73.)

(S. J. R. 24-Leith.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

Resolved, 1. That a joint committee from the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Alabama Legislature is hereby authorized to consist of three members from the Senate, to be appointed by the president of the Senate, and five members from the House, to be appointed by the speaker of the House, which shall sit during the recess of the Legislature for the consideration of the several subjects herein after referred to. The president protem of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Repre

sentatives shall be ex-officio members of the committee. The members of the committee shall be paid the same per diem and mileage as members of the Legislature are now paid; shall have authority to employ one clerk or stenographer, who shall receive the same pay as a member of the committee; and shall have power to summons witnesses, and call for books and papers; and do and perform such other acts as may be necessary to a full, complete and detailed investigation on the several subjects herein above referred to.

2. It shall be the duty of the committee to consider and prepare a constructive and practical system for the employment of all State and county convicts, particularly with reference to their employment upon the public roads and highways of the State, and to make investigations and inquire into the conditions now surrounding the care and custody of State and county convicts.

3. It shall be the further duty of the committee to consider the several bills and resolutions that have been introduced into the Legislature in reference to the building and upkeep of public roads and highways, and to make a complete and thorough study of public road conditions in Alabama.

4. The committee is hereby directed and required to make a full and detailed report of its investigations and findings on the several above named subjects to the Legislature not later than the twenty-fifth legislative day thereof, in which such recommendations shall be made; and such bills and resolutions submitted as the committee may consider proper. In its discretion the committee may cause its report to be printed as one of the series of legislative documents, in an edition of not exceeding two thousand copies.

Approved February 15, 1919.

No. 75.)

(H. 54Arnold.

AN ACT

To provide for absent qualified electors of the State of Alabama to vote in

any primary election in this State while absent from the State or county in which he is a qualified elector; to provide the method of carrying out such provision; and to require election officers and others charged with duties hereunder to perform duties in connection therewith.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama, That any qualified elector of this State whose name at the time of such primary election appears on the official list of qualified voters in said county and who may at any primary election hereafter held pursuant to law in this State by reason of his regular business and in the performance of his regular duties be absent from the county in which he is a qualified elector, may vote in such primary election in the manner and under the regulations

herein after prescribed with like effect as if he were casting his vote in person at his regular and proper polling place.

Section 2. That the absent voter so entitled to vote, provided at the time he requests such ballot his name is on the official list of qualified voters in such county, may procure from the judge of probate of the county of his residence an official ballot of the party with which such voter is affiliated or with which he desires to affiliate in such election, and such voter shall make and subscribe the oath or affidavit hereinafter set out, and attach the same to his ballot, and forward the said ballot and affidavit in a sealed envelope by mail, postage prepaid, or otherwise to the chairman of the county executive committee of the political party with which such voter is affiliated, or other authority as provided in sections 3 and 4 hereof; whereupon, it shall be the duty of the said chairman of the county executive committee, or other authority as provided, to endorse on said envelope over his signature the date and hour of the receipt thereof by him, and to safely keep the said ballot without breaking the seal thereof, and deliver the same on election day to the officers of election at the voting place of said absent voter, when and where said election officers shall open said envelope, and in the event the name of such absentee voter appears on the official list of qualified voters for said county and for said precinct or district, shall check his name off of such official voting list and cause the said ballot to be duly and properly recorded subject, however, to challenge, as in other cases provided for; and provided, however, that the same shall be handled in all respects as if the said absentee voter were present and voting in person.

Section 3. Not less than thirty-one days from the time of the holding of any primary election authorized by law, the officer charged with the printing and distribution of the official ballots shall caused to be delivered to the probate judge of each county in which said primary is held a sufficient number of ballots and other printed matter required hereunder.

Section 4. That it shall be the duty of the judge of probate of any county in this State upon application of any qualified voter of his county, not more than thirty nor less than five days before any primary election is to be held in this State, to deliver or forward immediately upon request to such applicant an official ballot and printed form of oath as provided for in section 3 hereof for use in such election, with an envelope addressed to the chairman, or in case of vacancy in the chairmanship or disability of the chairman of the county executive committee of the party holding said election, to the secretary thereof; and in the event of a vacancy in the chairmanship and secretaryship or disability of the said chairman and secretary, then the envelope shall be directed to the probate judge of the county in which said absent or contemplated absent voter is a qualified elector.

Section 5. That the envelope in which such absent voter transmits his ballot shall be addressed to the chairman of the county executive committee of the political party with which said absent voter is affiliated, or other authority as provided for under section 3 above, and shall be endorsed on the left hand upper corner thereof substantially as follows: "Absent Voters Ballot. Primary Election to be held on the ........ day of

19....... From (name of voter), Elector of Precinct or District, County of

State of Alabama.' Section 6. The form of oath or affidavit which shall be attached to and accompany such ballot by such absent voter shall be sworn to before an officer authorized to take acknowledgments to deeds and shall be substantially as follows: "State of County of

before me, a

for said county and State, this day personally appeared

who is (made) known to me, and who, being duly sworn, deposes and says: that his name is

; that he is a bona fide resident and qualified elector of precinct or district County of

State of Alabama; that he has not voted in the primary election to be held on the day of

.19........, and is entitled to vote therein as a member of the

party. That he will be absent from the county of his residence on the day of the primary by reason of his regular business and in the performance of his regular duties. That he subscribes to all the conditions and qualifications laid down by his party committee as a requisite for participation in said primary, and that he is familiar with such conditions and qualifications." (Signature of affiant). Sworn to and subscribed before me this the day of

19....... The officer before whom such affidavit is made shall make the following jurat: “The above named

appeared before me on the day of

19........, and being first duly sworn did subscribe to the above affidavit:

"I further certify that said applicant is known to me personally as being the identical party he claims to be.”

Section 7. That the probate judge of each county in which application is made for a ballot, as provided for herein, shall make, as applications are filed for ballots under this act and keep for sixty days after the date of election, a full list showing names, residence and polling places of such as apply for said ballots..... which list shall be open to inspection to the public at all times. The chairman or other authority, as provided for by sections 3 and 4 hereof; who may have upon him the duty of receiving and delivering said ballots to the respective polling places, shall make, as the envelopes containing ballots are received, a list showing the dates when received and the names of the absent voters, with their respective precincts in which they are respectively qualified to vote. That the said list shall be open to inspection by the public at all times. The chairman or other

authority as provided by sections 3 and 4 hereof; who may have upon him the duty of delivering said ballots to the respective polling places, shall make, as the envelopes containing ballots are received, a list showing the dates when received and the names of absent voters, with their respective precincts in which they are respectively qualified to vote. That said list shall be open to inspection at all times and on the day of election shall be delivered by the authority making same to the probate judge of the county in which said authority's duties hereunder are performed. That the two lists in this section provided for shall be preserved by the respective probate judges for sixty days after the election just prior to which same are made.

Section 8. That any absent voter who shall wilfully make or subscribe such oath falsely shall be guilty of perjury.

Section 9. Any person who shall wilfully fail or refuse to perform or discharge any duty required of him under this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

Section 10. That the expense of carrying out the provisions of this act shall be paid in the same manner as provided by law for the payment of the expenses of the primary elections.

Section 11. That it shall be unlawful for the judge of probate to send any ballot or make suggestions in reference thereto except upon the application of the absent voter.

Section 12. All laws and parts of laws in conflict herewith are repealed.

Section 13. This act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved February 14, 1919.

No. 77.)

(H. 123–Holmes.

AN ACT

For the further protection of fish. To make it unlawful for any person to

take or catch fish by the means of any net, seine, trap, or other device as substituted therefor in any of the creeks, rivers or other streams or in any of the estuaries, lagoons or lakes emptying into any of the salt waters or bays of this State, within ten miles from the point where such bodies of water empty into, or connect with, the salt waters or bays of this State except as herein provided, and to make it unlawful for any person to catch any bass, green trout, bream, or goggle eye by any other means than those provided for herein, and to prescribe penalties for the violation of the provisions of this act. Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:

Section 1. That it is hereby made unlawful for any person to take or catch fish by the means of any net, seine, trap or any other device as a substitute therefor, in any of the cheeks, rivers or other streams, or in any of the estuaries, lagoons or lakes emptying into any of the salt waters or bays of this State within ten miles from the point where such bodies of water empty or

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