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JOINT RESOLUTIONS.

ADJOURNMENT-SINE DIE.

(Senate Joint Resolution No. 29.)

Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring herein, That when the two Houses adjourn on Tuesday, June 19th, 1923, a recess be taken until 4:00 o'clock P. M., on Saturday, June 30th, 1923, for the purpose of considering only messages from the Governor on bills passed by the General Assembly, and that when the General Assembly adjourns on the thirtieth day of June, 1923, it stands adjourned sine die; and be it further

Resolved, That when the two Houses adjourn on June 19th, 1923, all bills on the calander of either House and in committees lie on the table. Adopted by the Senate, June 15, 1923.

Concurred in by the House of Representatives, June 15, 1923.

AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION.

(Senate Joint Resolution No. 1.)

Resolved, by the Senate of the Fifty-third General Assembly of the State of Illinois, the House of Representatives concurring herein; That pursuant to Section 2 of Article 14 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, it is proposed that Section 2 of Article 14 of the Constitution be amended to read as follows:

Section 2. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed in either house of the General Assembly, and if the same shall be voted for by twothirds of all the members elected to each of the two houses, such proposed amendments together with the yeas and nays of each house thereon shall be entered in full on their respective journals and said amendments shall be submitted to the electors of this State for adoption or rejection at the next election of members of the General Assembly in such manner as may be prescribed by law. The proposed amendments shall be published in full at last three months preceding the election and if a majority of the electors voting at said election shall vote for the proposed amendments, they shall become a part of this Constitution. But the General Assembly shall have no power to propose amendments to more than two articles of this Constitution at the same session, nor to the same article oftener than once in four years, provided, that no constitutional amendment shall be proposed or voted on during the time that the United States is engaged in war or within one year following the declaration of peace.

Adopted by the Senate June 6th, 1923.

Concurred in by the House of Representatives, June 12th, 1923.

COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

(Senate Joint Resolution No. 30.)

Resolved, by the Senate of the Fifty-third General Assembly, the House of Representatives conurring therein: That a special Committee on Constitutional Amendment be appointed to consist of six members, three from the

Senate appointed by the President upon recommendation of the Executive Committee and three from the House appointed by the Speaker thereof. This Committee is directed to prepare a brief explanation of the amendment to Section 2 of Article XIV of the Constitution which the General Assembly has proposed for submission to the electors of the State, a brief argument in favor of the proposed amendment and shall also prepare the form in which the proposed amendment is to appear on the official ballot, all in conformity with the provisions of "An Act to provide the manner of proposing amendments to the Constitution, and submitting the same to the electors of this State," approved March 14, 1877, as amended.

The Committee on Constitutional Amendment shall make their report on or before the thirtieth day of June, 1923, to the present General Assembly. Adopted by the Senate, June 15th, 1923.

Concurred in by the House of Representatives, June 15th, 1923.

DEATH OF HONORABLE THOMAS G. MCELLIGOTT.

(Senate Joint Resolution No. 21.)

WHEREAS, The Honorable Thomas G. McElligott has departed this life at Chicago, Illinois; and

WHEREAS, The Honorable Thomas G. McElligott was a member of the House of Representatives in the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth General Assemblies and was afterwards clerk of the Appellate Court of the First District from 1890 to 1896; and

WHEREAS, The memory throughout his long live of service and unswerv ing fidelity to the public trust must be and is an inspiration to all of us; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, by the Senate, the House of Representatives of the Fifty-third General Assembly of the State of Illinois concurring therein, that we express our deep regret at the loss to the State and to his community of this Honored Citizen and Public Servant, and our sincere sympathy to the members of his family; and be it further

Resolved, That this preamble and resolution be spread on the Journal of the Senate, that a suitable engrossed copy thereof be forwarded to the members of his family, and as a further mark of our respect to his memory that the Senate do now adjourn.

Adopted by the Senate on April 12, 1923.

Concurred in by the House of Representatives on April 18, 1923.

JOINT RULES.

(House Joint Resolution No. 21.)

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, that the following be adopted as the Joint Rules of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Fifty-third General Assembly of the State of Illinois:

JOINT RULES.

1. When a message shall be sent from the Senate to the House of Representatives, it shall be announced at the door of the House by the Doorkeeper, and shall be respectfully communicated to the Chair by the person by whom it may be sent.

2. The same ceremony shall be observed when messages shall be sent from the House of Representatives to the Senate.

3. Messages shall be sent by such persons as a sense of propriety in each House may determine to be proper.

4. In every case of disagreement between the two Houses, if either House requests a conference, and appoint a committee for that purpose, the other

House shall appoint a committee to confer therewith upon the subject of their disagreement. But no subject matter shall be included in any conference committee report on an appropriation bill unless such subject matter directly relates to matters of difference between the Houses and has been specifically referred to the Conference Committee. Said committee shall meet at a convenient time to be agreed upon by their chairman, and, having conferred freely, each shall report to its respective House the result of their conference. In case of an agreement the report shall be first made, with the papers accompanying it, to the disagreeing House, and there acted upon. But no appropriation bill shall be passed and no report of any Conference Committee on an appropriation bill shall be considered unless the bill or report has been printed in its final form and placed on the desks of the members at least three legislative days prior to the final passage of the bill or the consideration of the report. And such action shall be immediately reported by the Clerk to the other House, the papers referred accompanying the message. In case of disagreement, the papers shall remain with the House which referred them. The agreeing report of a Conference Committee shall be made, read and signed in duplicate by all members of the committee, or by a majority of those of each House, one of the duplicates being retained by the committee of each House. Should either House disagree to the report of the committee, such House shall appoint a second committee and request a second conference, which shall be acceded to by the other House before adhering. The motion for a committee of conference, and the report of such committee, shall be in order at any time. When both Houses shall have adhered to their disagreement, a bill or resolution is lost.

5. While bills are on their passage between the two Houses they shall be accompanied by a message signed by the Secretary or Clerk (as the case may be) respectively.

6. After a bill has passed both Houses, it shall be transcribed and typed before it is presented to the Governor.

7. When bills are transcribed and typed, they shall be examined by a joint committee, which shall consist of five members, two from the Senate and three from the House, to be appointed by the Senate and the Speaker of the House respectively. The Clerk of the Committee on Enrolling, Transcribing and Typing of Bills of the respective Houses shall act as clerk of the committee whenever their services are required. Said committee shall carefully compare the transcribed and typed bills with the engrossed bills, so passed by both Houses, correct any errors which may be discovered in the enrolled bills, and make their report forthwith to their respective Houses; the Secretary or Clerk having previously certified on the margin of the roll in which House it originated.

8. After examination and report, each bill shall be signed in the respective Houses, by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and by the President of the Senate.

9. After a bill shall have been signed by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, it shall be presented by said Joint Committee to the Governor for his approval. The said committee shall report the day of presentation to the Governor to each House, which time shall be carefully entered on the Journals of each House.

10. All resolutions and memorials which are to be presented to the Governor shall be previously enrolled, examined, signed and presented to the Joint Committee, reported, and entry made thereof, as provided in case of bills.

11. When a bill or resolution which shall have passed one House is rejected in the other, information thereof shall be given to the House in which the same shall have passed.

12. When the consideration of any bill, memorial, or resolution, which has originated in one House shall be postponed in the other to a day so distant that it shall not be taken up again by the present session, the House in which such bill, memorial or resolution shall have originated shall be forthwith informed of such postponement.

13. When a bill, memorial or resolution which has passed one House is rejected in the other, it shall not again be introduced during the same session, except in the House so rejecting, and after three days' notice and leave of that House.

14. Each House shall transmit to the other all papers on which any bill or resolution shall be founded.

15. While the two Houses are acting together upon elections, or on any other matter, the Speaker shall preside, and all questions of order shall be decided by him, subject to an appeal to both Houses, as though but one body was in session. A call of members of either House may be had in joint meeting by order of the House in which the call is desired, and to constitute a quorum of the joint assembly, a majority of all the members elected to both Houses shall be present and voting.

16. Motions to postpone or adjourn shall be decided by a joint vote of both Houses, and yeas and nays upon such motions, if required shall be entered upon the Journals of both Houses.

17. Upon questions arising requiring the separate decision of either House, the Senate shall withdraw until the decision is made. Provided, that questions upon motions for a call of either House shall not come within the provisions of this rule.

18. Each House shall have the liberty of ordering the printing of bills, messages and reports without the consent of the other.

19. Whenever any message, bill, report or document shall be ordered to be printed by the Senate or House, for the Use of both Houses, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Senate or Clerk of the House (as the case may be) immediately to report the fact of the passage of such order to the other branch of the General Assembly, together with the number so ordered to be printed in case the same shall exceed 300.

Adopted by the House, March 14, 1923.
Concurred in by the Senate, May 16, 1923.

MEMORIAL TO CONGRESS-DEEP WATERWAY-GREAT LAKES TO GULF.

(Senate Joint Resolution No. 11.)

WHEREAS, The People of the State of Illinois and the people of the Mississippi Valley have long cherished plans for a deep waterway connecting Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico, whereby transportation facilities would be greatly improved and the prosperity of the people of the entire Mississippi Valley would be advanced; and

WHEREAS, In furtherance of these plans the people of the State of Illinois have heretofore by vote authorized the issuance of bonds in the sum of $20,000,000 for the necessary improvements of the Des Plaines and Illinois Rivers, and the construction of a deep waterway from the Sanitary District Canal at Lockport to and connecting with the Federal improvement in the Illinois River at Utica; and

WHEREAS, The 52d General Assembly of the State of Illinois by Joint Resolution unanimously adopted in both houses of the Legislature, provided for the creation of a committee of ten, four members thereof being appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, three members thereof being appointed by the President of the Senate upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee, and three members by the Governor, which said committee has given careful consideration to the multiform problems presented and after consultation with various agencies, official and civic, has prepared its report and recommendations; and

WHEREAS, The Governor of the State of Illinois in his recent message has called to the attention of this General Assembly the needs and importance of such deep waterways and has suggested the propriety of a memorial to Congress urging enactment of suitable legislation, whereby if possible all differences between the various Governmental bodies may be composed and settled and

WHEREAS, Approved Federal progress now provide for a nine foot navigable channel in the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Illinois, and thence by way of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, and

WHEREAS, The said committee of ten appointed under House Joint Resolution No. 41 has reported the preparation of a Bill for the Improvement of Commerce and Navigation and for other purposes, which among other things, provides that a nine foot channel be established and maintained in the Des Plaines, Illinois and Mississippi Rivers between the end of the Sanitary District Canal at Lockport, Illinois, and the nine foot channel in the Mississippi River at Cairo, the locks and dams therein to be uniform and standard in size with the present Federal projects for the improvement of the Ohio and lower Mississippi Rivers, and

WHEREAS, Such Bill has been introduced in the Senate of the United States; read twice and referred to a "Select Committee on Nine Foot Channel from the Great Lakes to the Gulf", and it is understood that it is the purpose of said Senate Committee to visit in the near future the site of the proposed improvements, and

WHEREAS, Said Bill (known as Senate Bill No. 4425, 67th Congress, 4th Session, introduced January 23, 1923) contains provisions for fixing the amount of water to be diverted from Lake Michigan at Chicago; the construction of regulating or controlling works in the outlets to the Great Lakes which would prevent the lowering of lake levels; the removal of the four dams in the Illinois River at Federal expense, and that said nine foot channel in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers be constructed in such manner, as will remove so far as possible, the difficulties which cause the river to overflow in the lower Illinois Valley; therefore, be it

Resolved, by the Senate of the Illinois General Assembly, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that a committee of ten with like powers and duties to those of the Committee heretofore created under said House Joint Resolution No. 41 of the 52d General Assembly of the State of Illinois, be and the same is hereby created, and that the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint four members thereof, the President of the Senate upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee shall appoint three members thereof, and the Governor shall appoint three members thereof, and said committee is directed to continue to co-operate with the various officials and civic organizations interested in the project above outlined.

Resolved, further, That the General Assembly concurs in the recommendation of the Governor that appropriate action in the premises be taken by the Congress of the United States, which is hereby requested to consider these resolutions a memorial and petition in behalf of the People and Government of the State of Illinois, that early and appropriate legislation be enacted whereby the hopes of the people for a deep waterway connecting the Great Lakes System with the Gulf of Mexico may be realized.

Resolved, further, That the General Assembly notes with appreciation and approval the introduction of said Senate Bill No. 4428, and extends to the members of the "Select Committee on Nine Foot Channel from the Great Lakes to the Gulf", appointed by the United States Senate, and to any committee of the House of Representatives of the United States to which this or any Bill providing for this much needed legislation may be referred, the assurance of our deep and abiding interest in this vital question and our willingness and desire to co-operate in every way possible to facilitate and expedite their investigation, to the end that early and favorable congressional action may follow.

Adopted by the Senate, February 21st, 1923.

Concurred in by House of Representatives, March 21, 1923.

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