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CHAPTER 356.-Railroads-Overhead wires.
Power of SECTION 1. The board of railroad commissioners is given the railroad commissioners.
power, and it is hereby made its duty, to prescribe reasonable rules and regulations with respect to the stringing of wires, electric or otherwise, which cross over or under the tracks of any railroad company, and with respect to the support, maintenance, repair or construction thereof, which rules shall be furnished to any interested person upon application ; but in no case shall the height of any wires which cross above the tracks of a railroad company be less than twenty-five feet from the top of the rails, except the trolley and feed wires of the electric railroads, which wires shall not be less than twenty-two feet above the tops of
the rails. Complaints. SEC. 2. If complaint is made to the board of railroad commis
sioners by any interested party that wires extending over or under railroad tracks are not properly placed or are insecurely supported, or that the rules and regulations of the board with respect thereto are being violated, it shall be the duty of the board to cause an investigation of such complaint to be made, and, if it finds the complaint to be true, to make the necessary orders for the proper placing of said wires and the secure sup
port thereof. Violations. SEC. 3. It shall be the duty of every corporation or person to
whom an order made by the board of railroad commissioners under this act shall be directed to comply with such order in accordance with its terms, and for any neglect to comply therewith any such corporation or person shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, and to a like penalty for every ten days during which said neglect shall continue, which penalty shall be for the benefit of the school fund, and may be recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the State. The action may be prosecuted by the attorney-general in any county having jurisdiction, or by the county attorney of the county in which the wire or wires crossing the railroad track shall be located.
CHAPTER 477.-State printing office-Employecs—Rates of wages.
Customary SECTION 15 (as amended by chapter 393, Acts of 1907). The rates.
State printer shall have authority to employ a bookkeeper, stenographer, and such foremen, proof readers, mechanics and laborers as may be necessary to promptly and efliciently perform the duties of his office, and may discharge the same whenever he deems it advisable for the interest of the State. The compensa
tion to be paid shall be no greater than that paid by other printWeekly pay ing and binding offices employing the same class of labor; said day.
compensation shall be paid to the employees weekly.
CHAPTER 488.-Bureau of labor-Salarics.
Commission- SECTION 24 (as amended by chapter 401, Acts of 1907). The er to be in- commissioner of the bureau of labor and industry, who shall also spector.
be State factory inspector, shall receive an annual salary of two thousand dollars; the assistant commissioner, who shall also be assistant State factory inspector, shall receive an annual salary of
fifteen hundred dollars. The commissioner is hereby authorized Assistants. to appoint the following assistants, to wit: One deputy factory in
spector, who shall receive an annual salary of twelve hundred dollars and actual necessary traveling expenses;-one statistical clerk, who shall receive an annual salary of one thousand dollars; and one stenographer, who shall receive an annual salary of nine hundred dollars per annum; said assistants shall work under the supervision and direction of the commissioner of the bureau of labor and industry, and shall hold their offices for two years unless sooner removed.
CHAPTER 523.-Exemption of wages from attachment-Wages
carned outside of State.
SECTION 1. Wages earned out of this State and payable out of Wages this State shall be exempt from attachment or garnishment in empt, when. all cases where the cause of action rose out of this State, unless the defendant in the attachment or garnishment suit is personally served with process; and if the writ of attachment or garnishment is not personally served on the defendant, the court issuing the writ of attachment or garnishment shall not entertain jurisdiction of the cause, but shall dismiss the suit at the cost of the plaintiff.
CHAPTER 527.-Protection of employees on buildings. SECTION 1. Whenever it shall come to the notice of any work- Work men men, laborer or mechanic employed in the construction, repairing may make
complaint. or painting of any building, tower, tank, or other structure, or of any other person or persons, that the staging, scaffolding, stays or other appliances used for the purpose of supporting said workmen, laborers, or mechanics, their tools, and all necessary material, while at work on such building, tower, tank, or other structure, are not of sufficient strength to safely carry the weight of such workmen, laborers, or mechanics, their tools, and all necessary material, while working thereon, or if any elevator, derrick or hoist used for the purpose of raising or lowering workmen or material to be used in the aforesaid construction, repairing or painting are not of sufficient strength to do the work required of them, or are not surrounded by the proper safeguards, said workmen, laborers, mechanics or other person or persons may make complaint to the State factory inspector, who shall forthwith in- Duty of M. spect, or cause to be inspected by his assistant or deputy, such spector. insufficient staging, scaffolding, stays, elevators, derricks, hoists or other appliances used in the said construction, repairing, or painting, and if found upon inspection to be insufficient and unsa fe, or not properly surrounded by safeguards, it shall be the duty of the said State factory inspector, his assistant or deputy, to then and there notify the contractor, owner, superintendent or person in charge of the construction, repairing or painting of said building, tower, tank or other structure of the condition of such staging, scaffolding, stays, elevators, derricks, hoists or other appliances used as aforesaid. It shall then become incumbent upon the sa id contractor, owner, superintendent or person having in charge the said construction, repairing, or painting, having been so notified, to immediately reconstruct, repair, strengthen, or cause to be reconstructed, repaired, or strengthened, such defective staging, scaffolding, stays, elevators, derricks, hoists, or other appliances, and put in place and maintained, or cause to be put in place and maintained, such railing or other safeguards as may be deemed necessary by the said inspector, his assistant or deputy, to bring them safely within the provisions of this act.
Sec. 2. Any contractor, owner, superintendent or person in Duty of concharge of the construction, repairing or painting of any building, tractors, etc. tower, tank or other structure who, after having received notice from the State factory inspector, his assistant or deputy, shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this act and the demands of the said inspector, his assistant or deputy, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof in any court of competent jurisdiction, shall be finel not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for such offense, and an additional fine of five dollars for each day the said work is continued after such notice until the provisions of this act have been fully complied with.
ACTS OF 1907.
CHAPTER 249.--Mine regulations-Entries. Es ca pe SECTION 1. In all cases where any coal mine now in operation shafts.
in this State, with its principal or main shaft of a depth of one thousand feet or more, and has no air or escapement shaft other than its main or principal shaft, the time in which to complete such air or escapement shaft, as required by chapter 304, Laws of Kansas, 1905, page 473, is hereby extended two years from the 1st day of March, A. D, 1907: Provided, That work on said escapement shaft shall commence within sixty days of the taking effect of this act, and shall continue, barring unavoidable accidents, until said escapement shaft shall be completed.
CHAPTER 250.-Mine regulations-Powder.
Sale of pow- SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any individual, firm, or corder.
poration to sell, offer for sale or deliver for use at any coal mine or mines in the State of Kansas, black powder in any manner except in original packages containing twelve and one-half pounds of powder, said package to be securely sealed; said powder to be delivered by the company to the miner at its powder house, not more than three hundred feet from pit head, unless hereafter otherwise provided by contract: Provided, however, This act shall not be construed as in any manner conflicting with any existing
contract of sale of black powder. Opening SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any miner, mine laborer or package.
other person in any mine or mines to open any original package
of powder in any manner other than unsealing the seal thereof. Taking into
SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for any miner, mine laborer or mines.
other person or persons to take, convey, or cause to be taken or conveyed, into any mine or mines in the State of Kansas, black powder in any other manner except as provided in section 1 of this act. It shall be unlawful for any miner, laborer or other person to use any pick or other metal substance or instrument in opening any can containing powder in the mine: Provided, That any can filled with powder so received and opened by any miner or other person shall be returned, complete, when emptied, at the miner's working switch, to the company furnishing the same, before such miner or other person shall receive another
can of powder. Use of elec- SEC. 4. No powder shall be delivered by hauling the same in any
car hauled by an electric motor, unless the car in which the
powder is hauled for delivery is thoroughly insulated. Violations. SEC. 5. Any person or corporation or officers or employees of
any corporation violating any of the provisions of sections 1 and 4 of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof in any court of competent jurisdiction shall be
fined not exceeding fifty dollars for each offense. Same.
SEC. 6. Any miner, mine laborer or other person who shall violate the provisions of sections 2 or 3 of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof in any court of competent jurisdiction shall be fined not exceeding ten dollars for each offense.
CHAPTEB 283.-Railroads-Shelters for workmen.
Shelters to SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any railroad company or be provided. corporation or other persons who own, control or operate any line
of railroad in the State of Kansas to build or repair railroad equipment at division points where shops are located without providing sheds over the tracks exclusively used for such repair work, so that all men permanently employed for such repairs may
be under shelter during storms or other inclement weather, Violations. SEC. 2. Every corporation, person or persons, manager, super
intendent or foreman of any company, corporation, person or persons, who shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this act after the 1st day of September, 1907, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for each offense.
CHAPTER 402.-Mine inspectors.
SECTION 1. The secretary of the State mine industry, who shall be State mine inspector, shall receive a salary of fifteen hundred dollars per annum, and actual necessary expenses, not exceeding one thousand dollars. The said State mine inspector is hereby authorized to appoint one deputy mine inspector for each of the following counties: Crawford, Cherokee, Osage, Leavenworth, and one additional deputy mine inspector for the counties of Crawford and Cherokee. Each of the said deputy mine inspectors shall be required to give his full time to such employment, and shall receive as compensation the sum of eighty dollars per month and necessary traveling expenses. The said State mine inspector is hereby authorized to appoint a clerk for his office, who shall receive an annual salary of seven hundred and twenty dollars. Said deputy mine inspector[s] and clerk shall be under the supervision and control of the State mine inspector and hold their positions at his pleasure. He shall be authorized to transfer the deputy inspectors to such points within the State where in his judgment the duties and requirements of the inspection law make it necessary for them to work. The term of the State mine inspector and his deputies and clerk shall be for a period of two years, beginning July 1, 1907, and their salary and expenses shall be payable monthly upon vouchers certified to the State auditor by the State mine inspector.
Local or special laws regulating labor, etc., not to be passed.
SECTION 59. The general assembly shall not pass local or special Certain laws acts concerning any of the following subjects, or for any of the
forbidden. following purposes, namely:
24. To regulate labor, trade, mining or manufacturing.
SECTION 91. A
commissioner of agriculture, labor and Commissionstatistics, shall be elected by the qualified voters of er of agricul
ture, etc. the State at the same time the governor is elected, for the term of four years,
[who] shall be at least thirty years of age at the time of his election, and shall have been a resident citizen of the State at least two years next before his election. The duties of
[this officer) shall be such as may be prescribed by law,
Time to vote to be allowed employees.
SECTION 148. *
The general assembly shall provide by Four hours law that all employers shall allow employees, under reasonable to be allowed. regulations, at least four hours on election days, in which to cast their votes.
Employment of children. SECTION 243. The general assembly shall, by law, fix the mini- Employment mum ages at which children may be employed in places dangerous
of children to
be regulated. to life or health, or injurious to morals; and shall provide adequate penalties for violations of such law.
Payment of wages.
Wages to be SECTION 244. All wage-earners in this State employed in facpaid in lawful tories, mines, workshops or by corporations shall be paid for their money.
labor in lawful money. The general assembly shall prescribe adequate penalties for violations of this section.
[See section 1350, Statutes of 1903, below.)
Bureau of agriculture, labor, and statistics.
SECTION 31. A bureau of agriculture, labor and statistics is tablished.
established, and shall be under the management of an officer, who Commis - shall be known as the commissioner of agriculture, labor and stasioner.
tistics. In one thousand eight hundred and ninety-two there shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, a commissioner, who shall hold his office until the first Monday in January, one thousand eight hundred and ninetysix, and until his successor has qualified, unless sooner removed by the governor, who shall also have power to fill a vacancy in the office occurring from any cause. At the general election held in November, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five, and every four years thereafter, there shall be elected a commissioner, who shall enter upon the discharge of his duties on the first Monday in January after his election, and hold his office for four years,
and until his successor is elected and qualified. Duties of SEC. 32. The commissioner shall keep his office at the seat of commissioner.
government, and devote his entire time and attention to the duties of his office. Before entering upon his duties he shall take the oath of office and execute bond to the Commonwealth, with good sureties, worth at the time, jointly or severally, twenty-five thousand dollars, to be approved by the governor, for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office; and shall receive an annual salary of twenty-five hundred dollars, payable at the same time
the salary of the governor is paid. Purpose of Sec. 33. The efforts of the bureau shall be directed to the probureau. motion of agriculture, horticulture, manufactures, and to matters
relating to labor and statistics; and the commissioner shall promote and encourage, as far as practicable, the organization of agricultural and horticultural societies and other associations in the several counties, and ascertain the agricultural, horticultural, mechanical, commercial and educational condition of every county, giving, in detail, the quantity and quality of land under cultivation; the kinds, amounts and value of the annual field crops; the annual production of orchards, gardens, dairies and mines; the quantity and value of domestic manufactures; the kinds, value and increase of live stock; the annual products of mechanical industry and skill; the character of labor employed in mines, factories and the cultivation of the soil, and the prices paid therefor; the value of exports and imports; the number of miles of railroads, turnpikes, navigable streams and post-offices, and names of same, in each county; how and by whom turnpikes and other public roads are operated and kept in repair; the name, location and population of cities, towns and villages; the number and value of schoolhouses and churches; the names, capital and purposes of charitable institutions, together with such other vital, social, physical and political statistics as he may deem proper and
expedient. Labor in- Sec. 33a. 1. In the bureau of agriculture, labor and statistics spector. there shall be appointed by the commissioner, with the approval of
the governor, a labor inspector, and one assistant labor inspector, who shall be men having practical knowledge of factories, machine or work shops, and who shall be under the supervision of
the commissioner. Duties.
2. It shall be the duty of the labor inspector to visit and inspect the various factories, machine and work shops in this State, and