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NORTH CAROLINA.

Peremptory challenges permitted a defendant charged with a capital felony reduced from 23 to 12, and instead of change of venue court may draw jury from another county.

NEW MEXICO.

White slave law.

Local option law.

Commission form of government for cities.
Comprehensive act relating to weights and measures.

NEW YORK.

Much labor legislation, relating to safety of factories, etc., fire prevention, employment of women and children, hours of labor for railroad employes and other classes of employment, etc.

Eight-hour law for workmen on public works, and provision that eight hours shall constitute legal day's work in all classes of private employment except farm and domestic service. Law does not prohibit contracts of private employment for a longer day for an increased consideration.

Women and minors under age of 16 restricted to 54 hours a week in certain employments.

Some amendments of existing labor law as to making of articles in tenements.

Various amendments to conservation law as to conservation of waters, forests, fish and game.

Tenement house law amended so as to impose additional restrictions on erection of such houses.

Additional legislation relating to vocational and industrial education in public schools.

Medical inspection of pupils of public schools.

Vital statistics act, placing that subject under state department of health.

Considerable legislation aimed at curbing existing evils in connection with stock speculation and operation of stock exchanges, placing restrictions on manner in which brokers shall deal with

orders from customers, false representations concerning securities, deception of public by wash sales, and manipulation of markets, etc.

Anti-bucket shop bill.

Loan shark law. Office of supervisor of small loans established. License required. Maximum interest 3 per cent per month. Commission to investigate subject of pensions for widowed mothers.

Act regulating sale of cocaine.

When constitutionality of statute is brought in question on trial of any cause the court may make an order directing notice thereof to be given attorney general, who may be permitted to appear in support of constitutionality of statute.

State commission established for improving condition of blind. State board of estimate established for purpose of preparing annual state budget.

Department of efficiency and economy (in the public service) established.

New York commercial tercentenary commission established as corporation, composed of a large number of prominent men, the object being a public celebration of the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the regularly chartered commerce of what is now the State of New York under the auspices of the states general of the United Netherlands, in the year 1614.

All limitations on the holding and disposing of real property by alien friends is removed, and they are placed on a par in this respect with native-born citizens.

State labor department reorganized.

A board of statutory consolidation is authorized to prepare and present to the legislature a practice act, rules of court, and short forms, as recommended by the board in its report to the 1913 legislature.

NORTH DAKOTA.

Act to prevent procreation by confirmed criminals, insane, idiots, defectives and rapists.

By act regulating practice in District and Supreme Courts all exceptions on trial are made unnecessary, exceptions being re

quired only to charge to jury. Typewritten transcripts may be used on appeal instead of printed abstracts.

Woman suffrage constitutional amendment submitted.
Inheritance tax law.

Teachers insurance and retirement fund established.

Constitutional amendment providing for initiative and referendum is submitted, also proposal to amend constitution by initiative petition.

OHIO.

Lobbyists must file statement with Secretary of State and obtain certificate, and must also file statements of disbursements. In civil actions a jury may render a verdict upon the concurrence of three-fourths or more of its number.

Legislative reference bureau established.

Indeterminate sentences to penitentiary for all felonies except treason and murder in first degree.

Stringent white slave law.

Commission appointed to investigate rural credits-to cooperate with Southern Commercial Congress and visit Europe with that commission.

Wages must be paid at least each calendar month by all employers who employ five or more regular employes in the state.

Ten-hour day for females in certain employments, and other provisions regulating conditions of their employment.

Various state boards having to do with labor and industrial matters are abolished and in their place is created an industrial commission composed of three members with very broad powers.

Eight-hour law for workmen on public works.
Agricultural commission established.

Torrens land title act.

Corrupt practices act.

System of primary elections for members of Congress, state, county and municipal offices, delegates to national and state conventions, and members of controlling committees of political parties.

A lengthy act provides several plans of municipal government, denominated the commission plan, the city manager plan, and

the federal plan. Each plan provides that all laws pertaining to the initiative, referendum and recall in municipalities shall apply to each such plan. Ten per cent of the electors of any municipality may by petition have the question of organizing under any one of the plans submitted to vote.

Act regulating the circulation of initiative and referendum petitions. Persons circulating must file sworn statement of disbursements, and it is made a crime for any person to accept anything of value for signing any petition.

Act providing for the use of school grounds and houses and other state buildings as social centers for the entertainment and education of the people.

Censorship of motion picture films by a state board.

A public utilities commission of three members is created, which succeeds to the powers of the former railroad commission.

OKLAHOMA.

Unfair competition and discrimination.

Certain corporations must pay employes every two weeks.

OREGON.

Woman suffrage constitutional amendment adopted at November, 1912, election.

Constitutional amendment submitted restricting suffrage to citizens of United States of both sexes and eliminating persons of foreign birth prior to their full admission to citizenship. Laws for suppression of tuberculosis.

Uniform warehouse receipts act.

Mothers' pensions.

Delegates appointed to investigate rural credits in Europe. Public utilities law of 1911 approved by people on referendum at November, 1912, election.

Some amendments of direct primary and corrupt practices

acts.

Supreme Court divided into two departments which are to alternate in hearing and deciding causes, for the more expeditious disposition of cases.

Abatement of disorderly houses, patterned after Iowa law. Male applicants for marriage license must produce physician's certificate as to freedom from certain diseases.

Sterilization of habitual criminals and degenerates authorized. Industrial commission created with supervisory authority over employment and wages of women and minors.

Eight-hour law for workmen on public works.

Other labor laws relating to safety devices, security of payment of wages by creation of liens, etc.

Workmen's compensation act adopted, but suspended until November, 1913, when it will be submitted to vote by the people. While the act is nominally optional, it is practically compulsory with employers since defenses of contributory negligence, assumption of risk, and the fellow servant doctrine, are abolished.

Old age pensions and insurance by laborers against sickness and unemployment were considered but not enacted.

PENNSYLVANIA.

Public utilities act, which supersedes railroad commission. Maximum of ten hours per day and 54 hours per week for women in certain employments.

Other legislation concerning conditions of labor.

Department of labor and industries created.

Vocational training in public schools.

Semi-monthly wage payments, unless otherwise stipulated in

contract.

State wide primaries providing for direct nominations of all public officers from United States Senators and Governor down. Constitutional amendment submitted providing for woman suffrage.

Electrocution as death penalty instead of hanging.

A number of pure food laws, including stringent cold storage law.

State board of censors for motion pictures.

Mothers' pension act.

Loan shark act.

Abatement of disorderly houses.

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