Employers' liability law amended in minor particulars and commission created to study subject.

Eight-hour day and otherwise regulating employment of women and children.

Laws for suppression of tuberculosis.

Registration of foreign corporations required.


Maximum of ten hours per day and 54 hours per week for women and minors in certain employments.

Employment of children under fourteen years of age prohibited in certain employments, and restrictions placed on hours and conditions of employment of children over that age.



Uniform bulk sales act.

Uniform bill of lading act.

A bill providing for a commission to study rural credits was introduced, but failed of enactment.



Parole of convicts.

Department of workshop and factory inspection created. Disabilities of married women on account of coverture re

Vital statistics act.

Railroad commission given authority to regulate telephone


Laws for suspended and indeterminate sentences in criminal cases and parole of convicted persons.

Revision and amendment of community property law.

Presidential primaries.

Bureau of child and animal protection created.

Eight-hour law for workmen on public works.
Incorporation of rural credit associations authorized.

Ten hour day and fifty-four hour week for women in certain employments.

Tuberculosis laws.

Cities of less than 5000 permitted to adopt commission form of government.

Constitutional amendment submitted providing for initiative and referendum.


Indeterminate sentences of persons convicted of crime.
Unfair competition and discrimination.
Mothers' pensions.


Uniform negotiable instruments act.

Blue sky law.

State board of conciliation and arbitration created for adjustment of labor disputes.

Eleven-hour day and fifty-eight hour week for women and minors in certain employments.

Constitutional amendment submitted providing that general assembly may pass workmen's compensation laws.

Commission created to investigate employers' liability laws.

Capital punishment by electrocution provided.

Uniform warehouse receipts act.

State teachers' retirement fund established.

Juvenile court act.

Regulation and licensing of pawnshops.

Commission to investigate tuberculosis.

Question submitted to vote of people whether they prefer a preferential primary system whereby voters may instruct their delegates to political conventions as to their preference for candidates, or a direct primary system whereby voters vote directly for candidates for state, congressional and county offices.


Initiative and referendum and recall constitutional amendments adopted at 1912 election.

Constitutional amendment proposed removing restrictions against resident aliens holding lands within municipalities. Industrial welfare commission established, with power to fix minimum wages for women.

Mothers' pensions act.

Juvenile court act.

State humane bureau created, to provide for protection of incompetents, children and minors.

Family desertion act.

Abatement of disorderly houses, along lines of Iowa law.
State hospitals provided for care of tubercular patients.
Death penalty for murder abolished.

Teachers pensions and retirement fund.

Department of agriculture created.

Agricultural districts established, for purpose of utilizing, improving and selling idle lands of the state.

State highways law.

Uniform warehouse receipts act.


Inheritance tax act.

Public utilities act, providing for a public service commission having jurisdiction over persons and corporations engaged in any public service business.

Workmen's compensation act.

Statewide prohibition.

Blue sky law.

Anti-trust and monopoly law relating to common carriers.

Laws regulating insurance rates.

State road bureau and state system of roads established.


Unfair competition and discrimination.

Compensation to persons erroneously convicted of crime.
Abatement of disorderly houses patterned after Iowa law.


Constitutional amendment submitted authorizing a workmen's compensation act.

Eight-hour day for workmen on public works.

Act prescribing liability of railroad companies for injuries to and death of employes, which follows generally the provisions of the federal statute.

Marriage of white persons with negroes, mulattoes, mongolians or malays are declared to be void.

Act restraining sale of cocaine and other drugs.

At 1912 election a proposed constitutional amendment providing for initiative and referendum failed for lack of a sufficient total vote, although the vote on the proposed amendment was five to one in its favor.






It is with genuine pleasure that I find myself among my fellow-lawyers of the New World. But my satisfaction is tempered by a sense of embarrassment. There is a multitude of topics on which it would be most natural that I should seek to touch. If, however, I am to use to any purpose the opportunity which you have accorded me, I must exclude all but one or two of them. For in an hour like this, as in most other times of endeavor, he who would accomplish anything must limit himself. What I have to say will therefore be confined to the suggestion of little more than a single thought, and to its development and illustration with materials that lie to hand. I wish to lay before you a result at which I have arrived after reflection, and to submit it for your consideration with such capacity as I possess.

For the occasion is as rare as it is important. Around me I see assembled some of the most distinguished figures in the public life of this Continent; men who throughout their careers have combined law with statesmanship, and who have exercised a potent influence in the fashioning of opinion and of policy. The law is indeed a calling notable for the individualities it has produced. Their production has counted for much in the past of the three nations that are represented at this meeting, and it means much for them today.

What one who finds himself face to face with this assemblage naturally thinks of is the future of these three nations; a future that may depend largely on the influence of men with opportunities such as are ours. The United States and Canada and Great Britain together form a group which is unique; unique because of its common inheritance in traditions, in surroundings,

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