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Revised, Annotated, and Published by Authority of the Legislature,
RICHARD W. YOUNG,
GRANT H. SMITH,
TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, THE
THE NATURALIZATION LAWS,
JAMES T. HAMMOND,
Secretary of State.
Os the admission of the state into the Union it was found necessary to provide for a general revision of the laws. Chapter eighty-five of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-six authorized the appointment by the governor of a commission to revise, codify, and annotate the laws of the state, and the undersigned were appointed for that purpose.
The duties prescribed were as follows: "Such commission shall carefully revise and codify all the laws of this state, and shall rewrite the same and divide them into appropriate parts and sections; insert all amendments, omit all parts repealed or obsolete or of a local or temporary character. Said commission shall have the power to transpose words and sentences, arrange the same into sections or paragraphs and number them, change the phraseology, and make any and all alterations and amendments necessary to improve, systematize, and harmonize the laws and make them conform to the constitution.” The law also required that the commission should, on or before January first, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, furnish to the governor for the use of the legislature, copies of the codification in the form of a bill or bills for enactment.
The laws of l'tah had never been revised, and it was found necessary to rewrite them in great part, and to make many changes.
Of the changes made by the commission and adopted by the legislature, the more important are as follows: A new act on adoption; an act providing for assignments for the benefit of creditors; providing for the destruction of diseased animals; restrictions on the admission of attorneys, and providing for an attorney's lien; providing for the filing, renewal, and foreclosure of chattel mortgages, and for the mortgaging of exempt property with the consent of the wife: the repeal of all special municipal charters, and the enactment of a general law for the incorporation of cities and towns; amendment of the law providing for the formation of private corporations; restrictions on private and corporate banks; regulations concerning insurance companies; providing for a state bank examiner, and for the examination of building and loan associations, insurance companies, and loan, trust, and guaranty associations; providing for railroad rights of way, leases, rates, preferred stock, etc.; new descriptions of county boundaries; amendment of the county government bill; requiring cities and counties to publish itemized reports annually; providing that the district court shall hold three terms a year in each county; additional provisions concerning