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PROTECTION OF

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An art to protect candidates for certain public

offices, to prohibit certain acts by such candidates, and to provide a punishment for infractions of this lau.

[Approved March 2, 1897. Stats. p. 53.) SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, either individually or as an officer or member of any committee or association, to demand or solicit of any candidate for the legislature, or of any candidate for supervisor, or of any candidate for school director, or of any candidate for any legislative body, that he shall vote for any particular bill or specific measure which may come before any such legislative body to which he may be elected; provided always, that this inhibition shall not in any case apply to the pledges exacted of a candidate by the platform or resolutions of any convention by which any such candidate may be nominated.

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any candidate for the legislature, or for any candidate for supervisor, or for any candidate for school director, or for any candidate for any other legislative body, to sign or give any pledge that he will vote for or against any particular bill or specific measure that may be brought before any such legislative body; prorided always, that this prohibition shall not apply to any pledge or promise that any such candidate may give to a convention by which he may be nominated for any such office, or to those who may sign a certificate for his nomination.

SEC. 3. Any person violating any provision of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and any candidate violating any provision of this act shall, in addition, be disqualified from holding the office to which he may be elected.

WATER RATES.

An act to regulate and control the sale, rental,

and distribution of appropriated water in this state, other than in any city, city and county, or town therein, and to secure the rights of way for the conreyance of such water to the places of use.

[Approved March 12, 1885. Stats. p. 95.] SECTION 1. The use of all water now appropriated, or that may hereafter be appropriated, for irrigation, sale, rental, or distribution, is a public use, and the right to collect rates or compensation for use of such water is a franchise, and except when so furnished to any city, city and county, or town, or the inhabitants thereof, shall be regulated and controlled in the counties of this state by the several boards of supervisors thereof, in the manner prescribed in this act.

SEC. 2. The several boards of supervisors of this state, on petition and notice as provided in section three of this act, are hereby authorized and required to fix and regulate the maximum rates at which any person, company, association, or corporation, having or to have appropriated water for sale, rental, or distribution, in each of such counties, may and shal) sell, rent, or distribute the

same.

SEC. 3. Whenever a petition of not less than twenty-five inhabitants, who are taxpayers of any county of this state, shall, in writing, petition the board of supervisors thereof, to be filed with the clerk of said board, to regulate and control tho rates and compensation to be collected by any person, company, association, or corporation, for the sale, rental, or distribution of any appropriated water, to any of the inhabitants of such county, and shall in such petition specify the persons, companies, associations, or corporations, or any one or more of them, whose water rates are therein petitioned to be regulated or controlled, the clerk of such board shall immediately cause such petition, together with a notice of the time and place of hearing thereof, to be published in one or more newspapers published in such county; and if no newspaper be published therein, then shall cause copies of such petition and notice to be posted in not less than three public places in such counties, and such publication and notice shall be for not less than four weeks next before the hearing of said petition by said board; such notice to be attached to said petition shall specify a day of the next regular term of the session of the said board, not less than thirty days after the first publication or posting thereof, for the hearing of said petition, which shall impart notice to all such persons, companies, associations, and corporations, mentioned in such petition, and all persons interested in the matters of such petition and notice. Such board may also cause citations to issue to any person or persons within such county, to attend and give evidence at the hearing of such petition, and may compel such attendance by attachment.

SEC. 4. At the hearing of said petition the board of supervisors shall estimate; as near as may be, the value of the canals, ditches, flumes, water chutes, and all other property actually used and useful to the appropriation and furnishing of such water, belonging to and possessed by each person, association, company, or corporation, whose franchise shall be so regulated and controlled; and shall in like manner estimate as to each of such persons, companies, associations, and corporations, their annual reasonable expenses, including the cost of repairs, management, and operating such works; and, for the purpose of such ascertainment, may require the attendance of persons to give evidence,

and the production of papers, books, and accounts, and may compel the attendance of such persons and the production of papers, books, and accounts, by attachments, if within their respective counties.

SEC. 5. In the regulation and control of such water rates for each of such persons, companies, associations, and corporations, such board of supervisors may establish different rates at which water may and shall be sold, rented, or distributed, as the case may be; and may also establish different rates and compensation for such water so to be furnished for the several different uses, such as mining, irrigating, mechanical, manufacturing, and domestic, for which such water shall be supplied to such inhabitants, but such rates as to each class shall be equal and uniform.

Said boards of supervisors, in fixing such rates shall, as near as may be, so adjust them that the net annual receipts and profits thereof to the said persons, companies, associations, and corporations so furnishing such water to such inhabitants shall be not less than six nor more than eighteen per cent. upon the said value of the canals, ditches, flumes, chutes, and all other property actually used and useful to the appropriation and furnishing of such water of each of such persons, companies, associations, and corporations; but in estimating such net receipts and profits, the cost of any extensions, enlargements, or other permanent improvements of such water rights or water works shall not be included as part of the said expenses of management, repairs, and operating of such works, but when accomplished, may and shall be included in the present cost and cash value of such work. In fixing said rates, within the limits aforesaid. at which water shall be so furnished as to each of such persons, companies, associations, and corporations, each of said board of supervisors may likewise take into estimation any and all other facts, circumstances, and conditions pertinent thereto, to the end and purpose that said rates shall be equal, reasonable, and just, both to such persons, companies, associations, and corporations, and to said inhabitants. The said rates, when so fixed by such board, shall be binding and conclusive for not less than one year next after their establishment, and until established anew or abrogated by such board of supervisors, as hereinafter provided. And until such rates shall be so established, or after they shall have been abrogated by such board of supervisors, as in this act provided, the actual rates established and collected by each of the persons, companies, associations, and corporations now furnishing, or that shall hereafter furnish, appropriated waters for sale, rental, or distribution to the inhabitants of any of the counties of this state, shall be deemed and accepted as the legally established rates thereof.

SEC. 6. At any time after the establishment of such water rates by any board of supervisors of this state, the same may be established anew, or abrogated in whole or in part by such board, to take effect not less than one year next after such first establishment, but subject to said limitation of one year, to take effect immediately in the following manner: Upon the written petition of inhabitants as hereinbefore pro vided, or upon the written petition of any of the persons, companies, associations, or corporations, the rates and compensations of whose appropriated waters have already been fixed and regulated, and are still subject to such regulation by any board of supervisors of this state, as in this act provided; and upon the like publication or posting of such petition and notice, and for the like period of time as herein before provided, such board of supervisors shall proceed anew, in the manner herein before provided, to fix and establish the water rates for such person, company, association, or corporation, or any number of them, in the same manner as if such rates had not been previously established, and may, upon the petition of such inhabitants, but not otherwise, abrogate any and all existing rates theretofore established by such board. All water rates, when fixed and established as herein provided, shall

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