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with its road to intersect, connect
with or cross any other railroad;
and shall receive and transport each
the other's passengers, tonnage and
cars loaded or empty, without de-
lay or discrimination.

Section 2 - Stock Transfer Office; Books

Recommended Every railroad and canal corpor- Repeal. ation organized in this State shall maintain an office therein where transfers of its stock shall be made, and where its books shall be kept for inspection by any stockholder or creditor of such corporation, in which shall be recorded the amount of capital stock subscribed or paid in, and by whom, the names of the owners of its stock and the amounts owned by them, respectively, the transfers of said stock, and the names and places of residence of its officers.

Section 3 - No Discrimination in Service

Recommended All individuals, associations and Repeal. corporations shall have equal right to have persons and property transported over railroads and canals, and no undue or unreasonable discrimination shall be made in charges for, or in facilities for, transportation of freight or passengers within the State or coming from or going to any other State. Section 4 - Consolidation Prohibited; Restrictions

on Officers Current

Recommended No railroad, canal or other cor- Repeal. poration, or the lessees, purchasers or managers of any railroad or canal corporation, shall consolidate the stock, property or franchises of such a corporation with, or lease, or purchase the works or franchises of, or in any way control any other railroad or canal corporation owning or having under its control a parallel or competing line; nor shall

any officer of such railroad or canal corporation act as an officer of any railroad or canal corporation owning or having the control of a parallel or competing line; and the question whether railroads or canals are parallel or competing lines shall, when demanded by the party complainant, be decided by a jury as in other civil issues.

Section 5. Limitation of Powers

Recommended Repeal.

Current No incorporated company doing the business of a common carrier shall directly or indirectly, prosecute or engage in mining or manufacturing articles for transportation over its works; nor shall such company directly or indirectly engage in any other business than that of common carriers, or hold or acquire lands, freehold or leasehold, directly or indirectly, except such as shall be necessary for carrying on its business; but any mining or manufacturing company may carry the products of its mines and manufactories on its railroad or canal not exceeding fifty miles in length.

Section 6 - Officers Not to be Interested in Contracts

Recommended No president, director, officer, Repeal. agent or employe of any railroad or canal company shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in the furnishing of material or supplies to such company, or in the business of transportation as a common carrier of freight or passengers over the works owned, leased, controlled or worked by such company.

Section 7 - Discrimination and Preferences Prohibited

Recommended No discrimination in charges or Repeal. facilities for transportation shall be made between transportation companies and individuals, or in favor

of either, by abatement, drawback or otherwise, and no railroad or canal company, or any lessee, manager or employe thereof, shall make any preferences in furnishing cars or motive power.

Section 8 - Passes Prohibited; Exceptions

Recommended No railroad, railway, or other Repeal. transportation company shall grant free passes, or passes at a discount, to any person except officers or employes of the company and clergymen.

Section 9 - Street Railways

Recommended No street passenger railway shall Repeal. be constructed within the limits of any city, borough or township, without the consent of its local authorities.

Section 10 - Acceptance of this Article

Recommended No railroad, canal or other trans- Repeal. portation company, in existence at the time of the adoption of this article, shall have the benefit of any future legislation by general or special laws, except on condition of complete acceptance of all the provisions of this article.

Section 11 - Duties of Secretary of Internal Affairs

Recommended The existing powers and duties Repeal. of the Auditor General in regard to railroads, canals and other transportation companies, except as to their accounts, are hereby transferred to the Secretary of Internal Affairs, who shall have a general supervision over them, subject to such regulations and alterations as shall be provided by law; and, in

addition to the annual reports now required to be made, said Secretary may require special reports at any time upon any subject relating to the business of said companies from any officer or officers thereof.

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Section 12 - Enforcement of this Article

The General Assembly shall en- Repeal.
force by appropriate legislation the
provisions of this article.


Section 1 - Future Amendments

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Recommended Any amendment or amendments Amendments to this Constitution to this Constitution may be pro- may be proposed in the Senate or posed in the Senate or House of House of Representatives at any regRepresentatives; and, if the same ular session of the General Assemshall be agreed to by a majority of bly. If agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each House, the members elected to each House, such proposed amendment they shall be entered on their jouramendments shall be entered on nals with the yeas and nays taken their journals with the yeas and thereon; and the official charged nays taken thereon, and the Sec- with the duty of administering stateretary of the Commonwealth shall wide elections shall publish each cause the same to be published three amendment three months before the months before the next general elec- next general or municipal election tion, in at least two newspapers in

in at least two newspapers in every every county in which such news- county in which such newspapers papers shall be published; and if, in are published. If at the next reguthe General Assembly next after- lar session of the General Assemwards chosen, such proposed bly the proposed amendment is amendment or amendments shall be agreed to by a majority of the memagreed to by a majority of the mem- bers elected to each House, the offibers elected to each House, the cial charged with the duty of adminSecretary of the Commonwealth istering statewide elections shall shall cause the same again to be pub- again and in like manner publish lished in the manner aforesaid; and the proposed amendment; and it such proposed amendment or shall be submitted to the qualified amendments shall be submitted to electors of the Commonwealth in the qualified electors of the State in such manner and at such time, at such manner, and at such time, at least three months after being least three months after being so agreed to for the second time by agreed to by the two Houses, as the both Houses, as the General AsGeneral Assembly shall prescribe; sembly prescribes. If an amendand, if such amendment or amend- ment is approved by a majority of ments shall be approved by a ma- those voting thereon, it shall be jority of those voting thereon, such come part of this Constitution. amendment or amendments shall After an amendment has been once become a part of the Constitution; submitted and not approved, it or but no amendment or amendments one substantially related, shall not shall be submitted oftener than once again be submitted until a period in five years. When two or more of five years has elapsed. When two amendments shall be submitted they or more amendments are submitted, shall be voted upon separately. they shall be voted on separately.

Section 2 (New) - Amendment by Initiative


Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by petition, signed by a number of qualified electors equal to five per cent of the total number of votes cast for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, and filed with the official charged with the duty of administering statewide elections. Each petition shall set forth the full text of the amendment proposed, and shall be verified by the affidavit of the persons soliciting the signatures. The official shall transmit the petition to the General Assembly, when in session, or as soon as it convenes. If an amendment proposed by petition is agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each House, it shall be advertised and submitted to the qualified electors of the Commonwealth as provided in section one of this article as though it had been agreed to by two succeeding regular sessions of the General Assembly. If (1) the proposed amendment is rejected, or (2) it is agreed to in an amended form, or (3) no action is taken thereon within four months from the time it is received by the General Assembly, if the General Assembly is in session so long, and,

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