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protection of the public health, the prevention of short weights and measures, and the offering for sale of impure, unwholesome or medicated food, with a sufficient appropriation to make such Bureau an efficient protection to public health all over the State.
10. An Act to settle the disturbed conditions of many of the land titles of this State. The statutes of possession, intended for that purpose, have been the greatest disturbers of titles. Some method should be adopted which will, in a reasonable time, settle the titles and permit the unused lands of the State to be developed and to represent their reasonable value.
11. An Act providing that a release of a lien on land by the holder of a note should not be made by the Register upon the margin of his book where the deed is registered, unless the note is produced, and the Register shall write or stamp across the face of the note that the lien to secure it has been released, giving the date; and in case the note is lost and cannot be produced, the holder and owner should be required to make an affidavit of ownership and loss, which affidavit should be recorded; and that the ten-year statute shall be made an absolute bar of all liens on real estate.
12. Some general provisions, constitutional or statutory, which will make it unnecessary and undesirable that the Legislature waste so much time on local and individual legislation and upon statutes, general in form, but limited in operation to counties and towns of certain specified population. It is claimed that not exceeding forty per cent of the statutes enacted have any public or general interest.
13. An Act providing for the amendment to the Constitution which will not require the unanimous consent of a jury to a verdict, nor require more than three-fourths of the jurors to return a verdict, and that will not enthrone ignorance as the chief qualification for becoming a juror.
14. An Act that will minimize the effect of technicalities. upon the results of trials, and will give greater effect to substantial right and justice.
15. An Act providing for a graduated income tax to be paid to the State, thus relieving to some extent, the burden upon visible property, and casting it upon those who receive most benefit of government protection and are most able to pay.
16. An Act providing for a single tax against property, and that no property shall be taxed on more than one value, as real estate and lien notes held against it, or the property of corporations and of stock issued upon it.
17. A statute of limitation should be enacted limiting the time within which a will may be probated, say to seven years.
18. An Act providing that after an instrument has been recorded and the Register has delivered it, he shall not undertake to correct the record on his book in any way. If a subsequent claim be made that the instrument was not correctly recorded, the Register shall again record it without charge.
19. An Act requiring that all plans and plats of land subdividing tracts into smaller tracts or lots shall not be recorded before any lot represented on the plan shall be sold out of such plan, with a penalty for violation.
20. An Act providing that every summons issued by a Magistrate shall be in duplicate and one copy left with the defendant when served.
21. An Act providing that a non-suit shall not be taken after the trial commences, as a matter of right, but shall rest in the sound discretion of the court on good cause shown as to whether it should be granted or not.
22. An Act to provide for the construction and maintenance of state highways in this State, and therefore to create State Highway Department and a State Highway Fund.
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OUT OF THE TREASURY OF THE STATE THE ACTUAL EXPENSES OF CHANCELLORS, CIRCUIT AND CRIMINAL JUDGES OF TENNESSEE INCURRED IN THE DISCHARGE OF JUDICIAL DUTIES, PROVIDING MANNER OF PAYMENT AND PROVIDING PUNISHMENT FOR FALSE REPORTS.
Section 1. BE IT ENACTED, by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That the actual expenses of the Chancellors, Circuit Judges and Criminal Judges, of Tennessee,
while engaged in the discharge of judicial duties (not to exceed Nine Hundred Dollars per annum), shall be paid out of the Treasury of the State of Tennessee. Said actual expenses shall include all traveling expenses and board bills in traveling and holding Courts, regular, or special, or hearings by consent at Chambers by Chancellors, except that it shall not include board bills or expenses while at home or at the place of residence of the respective Chancellors and Judges. Said actual expenses shall further include all necessary expenses incurred for stenographer hire, stationery, stamps, telephones, telegrams, express charges, and all other necessary actual expenses incurred in the discharge of judicial duties.
Section 2. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That such actual expenses provided for in Section 1, shall be paid in the first instance by the said Chancellors, Circuit and Criminal Judges, and shall not be paid to any Chancellor, Circuit or Criminal Judge, until he shall make out and file with the Comptroller of the State a full and complete itemized report showing the actual expenses incurred in the discharge of judicial duties of the preceding month, which shall be attached over his official signature, and shall have the force and effect in law, as if properly sworn to before a duly authorized officer to administer oaths. The State of Tennessee, through the Comptroller, shall prepare and furnish to the Chancellors, Circuit and Criminal Judges of Tennessee, proper and sufficient blank forms on which to make and file such expense accounts. All reports shall be made out and mailed to the Comptroller on or before the 10th day of each month covering the actual expenses of the preceding; upon this being done, the Comptroller shall immediately draw and forward by mail to such Chancellor, Circuit Judge or Criminal Judge a check or draft upon the State Treasury of Tennessee, covering such actual expenses, providing the same. is covered by the provisions of this Act, and within the limitations of the annual maximum allowance.
Section 3. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That it shall be a misdemeanor in office for any Chancellor, Circuit or Criminal Judge of Tennessee, to knowingly, make and present to the Comptroller for payment, any false report as to the actual expenses incurred by him in the dischrge of his official duties, and
such Chancellor or Judge aforesaid upon indictment and conviction of such offense, shall be fined not less than Two nor more than Five Hundred Dollars.
Section 4. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That the provisions of Chapter 65 of the Acts of the Legislature of Tennessee, passed the 4th day of July, 1911, and approved by the Governor on the 6th day of July, 1911, shall not apply to the reports to be made out and filed with the Comptroller of the Treasury by the Chancellors and Judges under the provisions of this Act.
Section 5. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.
A BILL, to be entitled "An Act to provide pay for clerical hire, traveling and other necessary expenses of all Chancery, Circuit and Criminal Court Judges in this State."
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That each Chancery, Circuit and Criminal Court Judge of the State of Tennessee shall be allowed and receive the sum of Fifteen Hundred ($1,500.00) Dollars per annum for the payment of clerical hire, traveling and other necessary expenses.
Section 2. Be it further enacted, That this sum be paid in monthly installments of One Hundred and Twenty-five ($125.00) Dollars each out of the Treasury of the State on the warrant of the Comptroller.
Section 3. Be it further enacted, That this Act take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.
A BILL, to be entitled "An Act to provide and pay for clerical help, traveling and other necessary expenses of all Chancery, Circuit and Criminal Court Judges in this State."
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That there be and is hereby appropriated from the funds in the Treasury of the State of Tennessee the sum of $1,500.00 per annum, to be paid monthly to each of the Judges of the Chancery, Circuit and Criminal Courts of the State of Tennessee. The said sum so paid to be used by said
Judges for the payment of clerical help, traveling and other necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their official duties as Judges.
Section 2. Be it further enacted that this Act take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.
A BILL, to be entitled "An Act to provide for the payment of actual and necessary traveling expenses of the Judges of the Courts of this State out of the public treasury, when such traveling expenses have been actually and necessarily incurred and paid to any public carrier while such Judges were engaged in the performance of their official duties.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That the necessary traveling and other expenses of the Judges of the several courts of this State, not including County Judges, which have been actually and necessarily incurred by them, while engaged in the performance of their judicial functions and duties, including fare paid to any public carrier, board or hotel bills, postage, stenographers, etc., shall be refunded and paid to them out of the public treasury of the State, such refund and payment to be made monthly by the Comptroller of the State.
The amount to be paid any Judge of the Supreme Court or of the Court of Civil Appeals shall be the sum of One Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) per annum; and the amount to be paid to any other Judge shall be the sum of Nine Hundred Dollars per annum. This Act is intended to provide for the actual and necessary expenses of all Judges and Chancellors of this State, necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties as such Judges, and it is no part of their salaries; but no County Judge will be paid any expenses under the terms of this Act.
Section 2. Be it further enacted, That this Act take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.
Adoption of report moved, seconded and unanimously carried.
The following recommendations presented by Col. J. H. Acklen personally were, upon motion, duly seconded and passed