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taxes, or otherwise relieving any assessor or collector of taxes from the due performance of his official duties;

25th. Giving effect to any informal will or deed;

26th. Legalizing, except as against the State, the unauthorized or invalid acts of any officer;

27th. Punishing crimes or misdemeanors;

28th. Legitimatizing any person not born in lawful wedlock;

29th. Adopting by any person any named person as his child or heir;

30th. The exception of any named locality from the operation of a general law.

On motion of Mr. Willits,

The resolution was ordered printed in bill form and laid on the table.

FEMALE SUFFRAGE.

On motion of Mr. Willits,

Resolved, That the committee on elections is directed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the Article of the present Constitution entitled “Elections," so as to read as follows:

The Legislature of 1875 shall by law provide a registration in their respective towns, wards, and election districts, at the time of the registration of the qualified voters of the State for the annual township elections of 1877, of all the females who have the same qualifications as too age, citizenship, and residence as males in this Constitution; which said regi ion shall be in a separate book, to be provided for that purpose, and on the day of the annual township elections for the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, the question whether the word “male” shall be stricken out of this Constitution, where it is a qualification for voting, shall be submitted to the females so registered; and if a majority of the females so registered in the whole State shall vote in favor of the same, the word “male," where it occurs in said Article

as a qualification for voting, shall no longer be a part of this Constitution. The Legislature aforesaid shall also provide for a correct canvass of said registration, and the votes cast as aforesaid on said proposition.

ADDITIONAL SENATE DISTRICT.

On motion of Devereaux,

Resolved, That the committee on legislative matters be asked to inquire into the justice of increasing the senatorial districts in the State of Michigan, so as to permit the Upper Peninsula two Senators to represent it at Lansing.

On motion of Mr. Crane,
The Commission adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

The Commission was called to order at 2:30 P. M., by the Chairman.

APPEARED AND QUALIFIED.

The following additional member being present, took and subscribed the oath of office, and took his seat:

Seventh District Edwin W. Giddings, of Macomb.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE.

On motion of Mr. Withey,

Further leave of absence was granted to Mr. Mason for the balance of the present week, on account of sickness in his family.

ADJOURNMENT.

On motion of Mr. Willits,
The Commission adjourned.

EIGHTH DAY.

LANSING, September 4, 1873. The Commission was called to order at 9 o'clock, by the Chairman.

Roll called : quorum present.

FINANCE AND TAXATION

By the committee on finance and taxation :

The committee on finance and taxation, to whom was referred Article IX., on salaries,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the Commission with amendment thereto, recommending that the amendment be concurred in, and that the Article, when so amended, do pass, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

D. H. JEROME,

Chairman of Committee. Report accepted and committee discharged.

The article was read a first and second time, ordered printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION.

Mr. Moffatt offered the following:

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Commission that we amend and not revise the Constitution of 1850.

The resolution was not adopted.

SUBSCRIPTIONS OF STOCK BY MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.

Mr. Withey offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the committee on the legislative department be instructed to inquire into the propriety of reporting å section that “the Legislature shall not authorize any county, city, township, or muncipality to become a stockholder in, or

lend its credit, or make any donation to any private company, corporation, or association."

T'he resolution was adopted.

FEMALE SUFFRAGE.

Mr. Crouse offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the committee on elections be instructed to inquire into the expediency of striking out the word “male," wherever it occurs in section 1, article , of the Constitution of this State; also, the words "Nor while confined in any public prison," in section 5 of the same article.

On motion of Mr. Crouse,
The resolution was laid on the table.

TRIALS BY JURY.

Mr. Withey offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee on the legislative department be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a section that “the right of trial by jury shall be inviolate, but the Legislature may provide for juries in civil causes composed of any number of jurors not less than six, and that the agreement of not less than two-thirds of any jury in any civil case, shall be sufficient for verdict."

The resolution was adopted.

GENERAL ORDER.

On motion of Mr. Withey,

The Commission resolved itself into committee of the whole, on the general order, and proceeded, Mr. Crane in the chair, to consider the report of the committee on education, being general order No.1, Article XIII., on education.

After some time spent therein the committee rose, and

Mr. Crane reported that the committee of the whole had had under consideration Article XIII., had made some progress therein, and asked leave to sit again.

Report accepted and leave granted.

RULE FOURTEEN RESCINDED.

Mr. Crane moved to rescind rule fourteen ; Two-thirds of the members present having voted in favor of the motion,

Rule fourteen was rescinded.
On motion of Mr. Devereaux,
The Commission took a recess until 2:30 o'clock this after-

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Commission was called to order at 2:30 o'clock by the Chair

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Roll called ; quorum present.

PROCEEDINGS IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

On.motion of Mr. Jerome,

The clerk was instructed to omit from the journal of this morning, proceedings in committee of the whole.

GENERAL ORDER.

On motion of Mr. Jerome,

The Commission resolved itself into committee of the whole on the general order, and proceeded, Mr. Crane 'in the chair, to the consideration of Article XIII., on education.

After some time spent therein, the committee rose, and the Commission was called to order by the Chairman.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

The committee of the whole, to whom was referred Article XIII., as reported by the committee on education,

Respectfully report that they have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report the same back to the Commission, with amendments thereto, recommending that

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