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of such limitation, except such as may now exist, shall be absolutely void, except as herein otherwise provided. No county or city whose present indebtedness exceeds ten per centum of the assessed valuation of its real estate subject to taxation, shall be allowed to become indebted in any further amount until such indebtedness shall be reduced within such limit. This section shall not be construed to prevent issuing of certificates of indebtedness or revenue bonds issued in anticipation of the collection of taxes for amounts actually contained, or to be contained, in the taxes for the year when such certificates or revenue bonds are issued and payable out of such taxes. Nor shall this section be construed to prevent the issue of bonds to provide for the supply of water; but the term of the bonds issued to provide the supply of water shall not exceed twenty years, and a sinking fund shall be created on the issuing of said bonds for their redemption by raising annually a sum which will produce an amount equal to the sum of the principal and interest of said bonds at their maturity. All certificates of indetedness or revenue bonds issued in anticipation of the collection of taxes, which are not retired within five years after their date of issue, and bonds issued to provide for the supply of water, and any debt hereafter incurred by any portion or part of a city, if there shall be any such debt, shall be included in ascertaining the power of the city to become otherwise indebted; except that debts incurred by the city of New York after the first of January, nineteen hundred and four, to provide for the supply of water shall not be so included; and with the further exceptions that all bonds. which by their terms provide for the payment of the interest thereon from specified revenues to be reserved for that purpose, and also for the extinguishment of the principal thereof at the end of the life of the bond, shall not be included in ascertaining the power of the city of New York to become indebted in a further amount. Whenever the boundaries of any city are the same as those to a county, or when any city shall include within its boundaries more than one county, the power of any county wholly included within such city to become indebted shall cease, but the debt of the county, heretofore existing, shall not, for the purpose of this section, be reckoned as part of the city debt. The amount hereafter to be raised by tax for county or city purposes, in any county, containing a city of over one hundred thousand inhabitants, or any such city of this state, in addition to providing for the principal and interest of existing debt, shall not in the aggregate exceed in any one year two per centum of the assessed valuation of the real and personal estate of such county or city, to be ascertained as prescribed in this section in respect to county or city debt.

§ 2. Resolved (if the assembly concur), that the foregoing amendment be referred to the legislature to be chosen at the next general election of senators, and in conformity with section one, article fourteen, of the constitution, be published for three months previous to the time of such election.

Which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Elsberg introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 4 of the Laws of 1891, entitled 'An act to provide for rapid transit railways in cities of over 1,000,000 inhabitants, generally'" (Int. No. 8), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

Mr. Saxe introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend the Tax Law, in relation to taxation of the personal property of nonresidents" (Int. No. 9), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Saxe, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said bill ordered to a third reading and referred to the committee on taxation and retrenchment, retaining its place on the order of third reading.

Also, a bill entitled “An act to regulate the use of streets, avenues and public places in the city of New York, in the borough of Manhattan, by steam railroads operated at grade" (Int. No. 10), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to provide for the appointment of Supreme Court Commissioners of Appraisal, Estimate or Estimate and Assessment in condemnation proceedings in judicial departments containing counties having a certain population, and for the mode of selecting and appointing such commissioners in and for each of said judicial departments" (Int. No. 11), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Also, a concurrent resolution entitled "Concurrent resolution proposing amendment to section 11 of article 6 of the Constitution relating to the removal of judicial officers" (Int. No. 12), in the words following:

Section 1. Resolved (if the assembly concur), that section eleven of article six of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

ARTICLE VI.

Section 11. Removal of judges.-Judges of the court of appeals and justices of the supreme court may be removed by resolution of both the judges of the court of appeals and justices of the appellate division of the supreme court, in convention duly assembled by order of the court of appeals, if two-thirds of said judges and justices concur therein. All other judicial officers, except justices of the peace and judges or justices of inferior courts not of record may likewise be removed by the court of appeals, on recommendation of the governor, if two-thirds of all the judges of the court of appeals concur therein. But no officer shall be removed by virtue of this section except for cause, which shall be entered on the minutes of the court of appeals, nor unless he shall have been served with a statement of the cause alleged, and shall have had an opportunity to be heard. On the question of removal the yeas and nays shall be entered on the record of the hearing and transcribed on the minutes of the court of appeals. Where it appears presumptively, to the satisfaction of the governor, that a judicial officer, except justices of the peace and judges or justices of inferior courts not of record, has been guilty of corruption, or other gross misconduct in office; or habitually neglects to perform his share of the labors and duties appertaining to the office; or is incapable of properly discharging the same; the governor may, in his discretion, make an order suspending that justice from the exercise of the duties of his office, and directing that his compensation cease. Such an order must recite the grounds upon which it is made; and it shall remain in force, unless it is sooner revoked by the governor, until the final determination of the convention of the judges of the court of appeals and the justices of the appellate division of the supreme court, or the court of appeals, as herein provided. § 2. Resolved (if the assembly concur), that the foregoing amendment be referred to the legislature to be chosen at the next general election of senators, and in conformity with section one of article fourteen of the constitution, be published for three weeks previous to the time of such election.

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Which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Also, a concurrent resolution entitled "Concurrent resolution of the Senate and Assembly proposing an amendment to the Constitution by adding section 4 to article 12 of the Constitution, relating to public services in cities, and adding section 30 to article 3 of the Constitution, restricting legislation as to public services in cities" (Int. No. 13), in the words following:

Section 1. Resolved (if the assembly concur), that article twelve of the constitution be amended by adding thereto the following: § 4. Public services in cities. Any city in the discretion of those officers or bodies in such city that have charge of the appropriation of its public funds, may provide, by direct operation or contract, for the following public services within its corporate limits, (1) street railways, whether surface, elevated or subsurface; (2) sewers; (3) water; (4) gas, whether for light, fuel or other purposes; (5) electricity, whether for light, heat, power or other purposes; (6) bridges; (7) ferries; (8) docks, including warehousing and graving; or any thereof; and to that end may acquire by purchase or condemnation such real estate, franchise rights and other property as may be needed therefor.

§ 2. Resolved (if the assembly concur), that article three of the constitution be amended by adding thereto the following:

§ 30. Restriction as to laws affecting public services in cities.The legislature shall itself have no power to pass any law providing, within the corporate limits of any city, for the following public services, (1) street railways, whether surface, elevated or subsurface; (2) sewers; (3) water; (4) gas, whether for light, fuel or other purposes; (5) electricity, whether for light, heat or power or other purposes; (6) bridges; (7) ferries; (8) docks, including warehousing and graving; or any of them, but laws shall be made to effectuate section four of article twelve of this constitution; provided that no law shall be made in the premises, except at the request or with the concurrence of those officers or bodies of the city or cities affected that have charge of the appropriation of its or their public funds.

§ 3. Resolved (if the assembly concur), that the foregoing amendments, in conformity with section one of article fourteen of the constitution, be referred to the legislature to be chosen at the next general election of senators and be published for three months previous to the time of such election.

Which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Marks introduced a bill entitled "An act to prevent grafting in, by and upon life insurance, railroads, gas and electric light or power, telephone, banking, public service and transportation corporations and trust companies, by providing that no moneys shall be paid by said corporations to persons engaged in promoting or opposing legislation, unless a separate record thereof is kept by said corporations and a report of such payments made annually to the Secretary of State" (Int. No. 14), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on codes.

Mr. Page introduced a bill entitled "An act to repeal chapter 117 of the Laws of 1901, entitled 'An act to amend the Tax Law, in relation to the taxation of savings banks' and to amend section 194 of the Tax Law to harmonize with said repeal" (Int. No. 15), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on taxation and retrenchment.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 600 of the Laws of 1902, entitled 'An act to extend and regulate the liability of employers to make compensation for personal injuries suffered by employees' relative to negligence of a fellow servant and contributory negligence" (Int. No. 16), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Also, a bill entitled “An act to reenact section 3 of the Labor Law, relative to the hours of labor and the prevailing rate of wages" (Int. No. 17), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Carpenter introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for the erection of a monument in commemoration of the battle of White Plains" (Int. No. 18), which was read the first time,

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