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Resolved, That the services performed by Mr. Sackett as an officer of the Senate were such as invited the highest commendation. He was not only skilful and competent as a stenographer, but of an attractive personality. In his death the State has lost a painstaking and efficient official, and every Senator about this circle a valued personal friend;

Resolved Further, That this resolution be entered upon the journal of the Senate, and that a copy of the same be forwarded to the family of the deceased.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Burr offered the following:

Resolved, That James C. Marriott be and he hereby is elected stenographer of the Senate for the year 1906.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. McEwan offered the following:

Resolved, That Charles R. Hotaling be and he hereby is elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate for the year 1906.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Tully offered the following:

Resolved, That Everett Brown be and he hereby is elected Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate for the year 1906..

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Davis offered the following:

Resolved, That Christopher Warren be and he hereby is elected principal doorkeeper of the Senate for the year 1906.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Hinman offered the following:

Resolved, That Adelbert Hall be and he hereby is elected first assistant doorkeeper of the Senate for the year 1906.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Warnick offered the following:

Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to inform the honorable the Assembly that the Senate is organized and ready to proceed to business.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

The President appointed as such committee Messrs. Warnick and Marks.

The above-named committee returned and reported that they had performed that duty.

Mr. Hill offered the following:

Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to inform the Governor that the Senate is organized and ready to proceed to business.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

The President appointed Messrs. Hill and Cullen as such committee.

The above-named committee returned and reported that they had performed that duty.

The President introduced former Lieutenant-Governor Timothy L. Woodruff, who briefly addressed the Senate.

Mr. McEwan offered the following:

Resolved, That the Clerk be requested to invite the clergymen of Albany and vicinity to open the daily sessions of the Senate with prayer.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Raines offered the following:

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That when the Legislature adjourn this day it be to meet on Wednesday, January 10, 1906, at 8.30 o'clock p. m.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said resolution to the Assembly and request their concurrence therein.

The Assembly returned the above resolution, with a message that they have concurred in the passage of the same.

Messrs. Patton and La Fetra, a committee from the Assembly, appeared in the Senate Chamber and announced that the Assembly is organized and ready to proceed to business.

The Governor, at the hands of his secretary, transmitted to the Senate his annual message, which was read and ordered printed. (See Appendix.)

The President presented the annual report of the State Treasurer, which was laid upon the table and ordered printed. (See Document.)

The President presented the annual report of the Superintendent of Banks, which was laid upon the table and ordered printed. (See Document.)

The President presented the twelfth annual report of the Managers of the New York State Woman's Relief Corps Home, Oxford, N. Y., which was laid upon the table and ordered printed.

(See Document.)

Mr. Drescher introduced a bill entitled "An act to repeal the law in relation to the taxation of debts secured by mortgages" (Int. No. 1), 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.

Mr. Gardner introduced a bill entitled "An act to repeal chapter 729 of the Laws of 1905, entitled 'An act to amend the Tax Law in relation to the taxation of debts secured by mortgage (Int. No. 2), 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 section 3253 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relative to additional allowances" (Int. No. 3), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on codes.

Mr. Foley 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' (Int. No. 4), 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.

Mr. Grady introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend the Greater New York charter, by inserting therein a new chapter creating a board of control of public utilities in the city of New York, and defining the purpose, duties and powers of such board" (Int. No. 5), 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 concurrent resolution entitled "Concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 12 of the Constitution, guaranteeing to cities and incorporated villages the right of municipal self-government and restricting the power of the Legislature to the enactment of general laws in reference thereto" (Int. No. 6), in the words following:

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

ARTICLE XII.

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the legislature to provide for the organization of cities and incorporated villages, and to restrict their power of taxation, assessment, borrowing money, contracting debts, and loaning their credit, so as to prevent abuses in assessments and in contracting debt by such municipal corporations, by the passage of general laws only, applicable alike to all cities or to all incorporated villages. And the legis lature shall not pass any special or local bill affecting the local or municipal government of a city or incorporated village. Nor. shall the legislature provide for the filling of any municipal office now existing or hereafter to be created, otherwise than by popular election or by appointment by the mayor, or other elected municipal officer; except that clerks and subordinates of departments may be appointed by the heads of such departments. The people of every city and incorporated village shall have the power to organize their own local and municipal government and to administer the same for local and municipal purposes, subject only to such general laws as the legislature may enact. No city or in

corporated village shall increase its permanent debt, or undertake new public works, or direct public funds into new channels of expenditure, or issue its bonds other than revenue bonds, until the act or resolution authorizing the same shall have been published for at least one month, and thereafter submitted to the people of the city, at a general election, and have received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it, at such election.

§ 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.

Also, a concurrent resolution entitled "Concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to section 10 of article 8 of the Constitution, relating to the limitation of indebtedness of counties, cities, towns and villages by excepting the city of New York from the provisions of said section, under certain conditions" (Int. No. 7), in the words following:

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

ARTICLE VIII.

Section 10. No county, city, town or village shall hereafter give any money or property, or loan its money or credit to or in aid of any individual, association or corporation, or become directly or indirectly the owner of stock in, or bonds of, any association or corporation; nor shall any such county, city, town or village be allowed to incur any indebtedness except for county, city, town or village purposes. This section shall not prevent such county, city, town or village from making such provision for the aid or support of its poor as may be authorized by law. No county, or city shall be allowed to become indebted for any purpose or in any manner to an amount which, including existing indebtedness, shall exceed ten per centum of the assessed valuation of the real estate of such county or city subject to taxation, as it appeared by the assessment and rolls of said county or city on the last assessment for state or county taxes prior to the incurring of such indebtedness; and all indebtedness in excess [SENATE JOURNAL.]

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