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Further proviso.

mission: Provided further, That the provisions of this act shall apply to all stock, shares, bonds or notes issued to or taken by the incorporators or their agents, assigns or trustees of any such corporation or association in the first instance.

Approved April 26, 1911.

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[No 178.]

AN ACT to amend act number one hundred sixty-four of the

public acts of eighteen hundred seventy-seven, entitled "An act to authorize cities, incorporated villages and townships to establish and maintain free public libraries and reading rooms,” by adding thereto a new section to be known as section ten a.

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The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. Act number one hundred sixty-four of the public acts of eighteen hundred seventy-seven, entitled “An act to authorize cities, incorporated villages and townships to establish and maintain free public libraries and reading rooms,” is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to be known as section ten a, to read as follows:

Sec. 10a. When fifty voters of any city containing a population of not over ten thousand shall present a petition to the clerk of the city, asking that a tax may be levied for the establishment of a free public library in such city, and shall specify in their petition a rate of taxation not to exceed one mill on the dollar, such clerk shall in the next legal notice of the regular annual election in such city, give notice that at such election every voter may vote upon such proposition, which notice shall specify the rate of taxation mentioned in said petition. The form of the ballot shall be as follows: "For a mill tax for a free public library,

Yes ( ) "For a mill tax for a free public library, No " If a majority of all the votes cast in such city upon such proposition shall be for the tax for a free public library, the tax specified in such notice shall be levied and collected in like manner with other general taxes of said city, and shall be placed in a fund to be known as the “Library Fund;" and when such free public library shall have been established under this section, and a board of directors elected and qualified as herein before provided, it shall be the duty of such board of directors on or before the first Monday in September in each year to prepare an estimate of the amount of money necessary for the support and maintenance of such library for the ensuing year, not exceeding one mill on the

Form of ballot.

Tax levy.

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dollar of the taxable property of such city, and report such estimate to the common council of said city, which sum so reported the council shall cause to be raised by tax upon the taxable property in the city in the same manner that other general taxes are raised in such city.

Approved April 26, 1911.

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AN ACT to amend the title and sections one, three and four,

and to repeal sections five and six of act number ninetyseven of the public acts of eighteen hundred eighty-nine, entitled “An act to provide for an additional circuit judge for the seventeenth judicial circuit, and to define the powers and duties of the judges of said circuit and to provide for the manner of conducting the business of said court," being sections two hundred eighty-five, two hundred eightysix, two hundred eighty-seven and two hundred eightyeight of the Compiled Laws of eighteen hundred ninetyseven.

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sections amended.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. The title and sections one, three and four of Title and act number ninety-seven of the public acts of eighteen hundred eighty-nine, being "An act to provide for an additional circuit judge for the seventeenth judicial circuit, and to define the powers and duties of the judges of said circuit and to provide for the manner of conducting the business of said court,” are hereby amended to read as follows:

TITLE.

number of.

AN ACT to provide for three circuit judges for the judicial circuit in which the county of Kent is or may be situated, being now the seventeenth judicial circuit, and to define the powers and duties of the judges of said circuit and to provide for the manner of conducting the business of said court.

Sec. 1. From and after the date when this act shall take Circuit effect there shall be three circuit judges for the judicial cir- judges cuit in which the county of Kent is or may be situated, the same now being the seventeenth judicial circuit. The three judges of said circuit shall have equal and coordinate powers and duties. One of such judges shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. They shall, from term to Presiding term, designate one of their number to act as presiding judge

judge. of the court with power to apportion the business to be transacted as he may from time to time order and direct, and from day to day assign to and apportion said business among the

said judges. In case of the absence, illness or inability from other cause of such presiding judge to act the other judges shall designate, by an order to be entered upon the journal, one of themselves to act as presiding judge until the disability

is removed. Proceedings,

SEC. 3. The record of the proceedings before each of the record of, etc. judges shall be entered in the journal of the court in the

usual manner, the same as though the judges were sitting together, and said journals may for convenience be kept in separate books, marked volumes one, two and three, and said records shall be verified by the signature of the judge before whom the business is transacted. Whenever the signature of a judge of the court shall be required to any bill of exceptions or decree or other evidence of proceeding, or for the approval or verification of any act, the signature of the judge or judges before whom the proceedings were had shall be deemed sufficient. Orders and decrees entered in the chancery record shall be verified by the signature thereto of

the judge or judges making such order or decree. Stay of

Sec. 4. No stay of proceedings shall be directed or ordered proceedings.

by any one of the said circuit judges in any cause or proceeding excepting when the order or decree under which the proceedings are stayed shall have been made by such judge, except that where the judge making such order or decree on which the proceedings are sought to be stayed shall be absent or unable to act, then an order staying proceedings on such order or decree may be made by either of the other of said circuit judges, and no order or decree shall be set aside

or vacated except by the judge making the same, unless such Law repealed. judge shall be absent or unable to act. The law at present

providing for two judges of said judicial circuit, the additional office of circuit judge created by this act, shall be deemed vacant from and after the date when the act shall take effect, and such vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Governor, the person so appointed to hold his office provisionally from the time of his appointment until his successor shall be elected and qualified.

Sec. 2. Sections five and six of said act are hereby repealed.

Approved April 26, 1911.

[No. 180.]

AN ACT to prohibit the hunting of rabbits with ferrets or

Guinea pigs.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful to make use of a ferret or Rabbits,

hunting of, Guinea pig for the purpose of hunting, taking, killing or pur- etc. suing rabbits: Provided, however, That farmers or fruit Proviso. growers may make use of ferrets or Guinea pigs in killing rabbits on their enclosed lands.

SEC. 2. Any person violating any of the provisions of sec- Penalty. tion one of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars and the costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail of the county in which the offense was committed for not less than ten days nor more than twenty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

Approved April 26, 1911.

[No. 181.]

AN ACT to provide for employing the convicts in the State

Reformatory at. Ionia, the State Prison at Jackson and the State House of Correction and Branch of the State Prison in the Upper Peninsula at Marquette, upon the public roads and highways within any county in the State of Michigan.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. Upon the written request of a majority of the Public roads, board of county road commissioners in counties under the ot convicts. county road system, or upon the written request of the road commissioners in a township or district under the township or district road system, or upon the written request of a majority of the board of supervisors in counties not under the county road system, the boards of control of the State Reformatory at Ionia, the State Prison at Jackson or of the State House of Correction and Branch of the State Prison in the Upper Peninsula at Marquette, may detail such able bodied convicts as in their reasonable discretion shall seem proper, not exceeding the number specified in said written request, to work upon such public roads and highways of such county, township or district as shall be designated in said written request of said county, township or district road

Proviso. commissioners or board of supervisors: Provided, That each

application for allotment of convicts under the provisions of this act shall be accompanied by a bid-price per day for such

labor, and allotments shall be made to the highest bidder: Further

Provided further, That such county, township or district shall proviso.

pay to the warden of the prison from which such convicts are detailed a certain fixed amount of money per day for each man so detailed, which amount shall be decided upon by the boards of control of the three prisons mentioned in this act in joint session, such session to be held within sixty days

after the passage of this act. The amount to be paid shall be Compensation a fair and just compensation for such labor and shall not be for labor, etc.

less than fifty cents per day per convict. Such county, township or district shall also pay expenses of transportation to and from the county, township or district and shall provide or pay for the lodging and food of the convicts while em

ployed by it and shall furnish all tools and materials necCustody of essary in the performance of said work. Said convicts thus convicts.

employed upon the public roads and highways shall be under the care and custody of such officer or officers as the warden of the prison or reformatory from which they are detailed

shall designate, and the expense of guarding if guards are Proviso. necessary shall be borne by the State: Provided, That such

convicts may be used in surface quarries and in stone yards

in preparing material to be used on said roads, and in haulFurther ing the same to the place of distribution: Provided further, proviso.

That where two or more applications shall be on file they shall be filled pro rata. All moneys collected under the provisions of this section shall be turned over to the State Treas

urer and credited to the proper fund. Kinds of SEC. 2. Said convicts when employed under the provisions

of section one of this act shall not be used for the purpose of building any bridge or structure of like character which

requires the employment of skilled labor. Boards em Sec. 3. The boards of control of the prisons mentioned in powered to adopt rules. this act are hereby empowered to adopt a special rule ap

plicable solely to convicts employed on the public work herein authorized and contemplated, whereby convicts so employed shall be granted additional good time allowance, conditioned upon their good behavior and cheerful compliance with all the rules that may be made by said boards for the

management and control of convicts so employed. Conflicting SEC. 4. All acts or parts of acts in conflict with the pro

visions of this act are hereby repealed.

Approved April 26, 1911.

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