Imagens das páginas
PDF
ePub

Mr. Thompson introduced a bill (Int. No. 184) entitled "An act to amend the Education Law, in relation to taxing lands of the State in school district number fifteen in the towns of Babylon and Huntington, Suffolk county," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on public education.

Mr. Lusk introduced a bill (Int. No. 185) entitled "An act to amend section four hundred and sixty-one of the Judiciary Law, relative to the qualifications of members of the State Board of Law Examiners," which was read the first time, and by unanimons consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. McGarry introduced a bill (Int. No. 186) entitled "An act to amend the Greater New York charter, in relation to the method of paying for paving of streets," 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. Kavanaugh introduced a bill (Int. No. 187) entitled "An act to provide for the construction of a bridge over the canalized Mohawk river at Vischer Ferry, and making an appropriation. therefor," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee. on finance.

Also, a bill (Int. No. 188) entitled "An act providing for the construction of a bridge over the canalized Mohawk river at what is known as Rexford, and making an appropriation therefor," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Hewitt, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the resolution introduced by Mr. Lockwood relative to extending the powers of joint legislative committee on housing, reported the same amended to read as follows:

Whereas, A joint legislative committee was heretofore constituted pursuant to resolutions duly adopted April 18, 1919, and April 24, 1920, whereby such committee was duly authorized, among other things, to investigate, ascertain and report on all housing conditions and causes for the lack of construction of new houses, flats and apartments for occupancy and renting in cities and especially in the city of New York; and

Whereas, Said committee presented a preliminary report to a special session of the Legislature held in September, 1920, from which it appears that its investigations were then still unfinished, that the same could not be concluded during the then special or extraordinary session of the Legislature and that the resolution under which it had been acting was insufficient in its delegation of powers to permit the scope of inquiry that was believed by the committee to be necessary; and

Whereas, The Legislature, at the aforesaid special or extraordinary session, directed the continuance and enlargement of the investigation that was then being conducted under the aforesaid resolutions of April 18, 1919, and April 24, 1920, by a joint and concurrent resolution dated September 24, 1920, to which reference is hereby made and which is hereby embodied herein as a part hereof; and

Whereas, The said committee has continued and is still engaged in the investigation directed by each and all of the aforesaid resolutions and its work is still unfinished and it appears that in order to complete said investigation and to report thereon and to formulate adequate recommendations for legislation based thereon, the powers conferred by each and all of the aforesaid resolutions should be continued and re-enacted and that the same should be enlarged in the particulars hereinafter specified; and

Whereas, It is deemed necessary or advisable that for the purpose of enabling the committee to more fully investigate and report upon certain of the matters referred to in the aforesaid resolutions, the committee should be clothed with power to fully inquire, among other things, into each and every matter and thing that affects the present, past or future conditions surrounding or in any way bearing or relating to the construction, ownership, transfer, leasing and renting of stores, houses, lofts, apartments and other buildings in all and any of the cities of the State and particularly in the city of New York; now, therefore, be it

Resolved (if the Assembly concur) as follows:

1. That the aforesaid resolutions of April 18, 1919, April 24, 1920, and September 24, 1920, and all the powers thereby conferred are hereby re-enacted, continued and conferred upon the committee appointed under this resolution with the same force and effect as though the text of all such resolutions were hereby expressly repeated and embodied herein as a part hereof. All the testimony taken and all other acts and things done by the committee acting under the above described resolutions are to be deemed and taken as the testimony and as the acts and things done by the committee appointed under this resolution.

The committee as hereby recreated, reconstituted and continued shall consist, as did the previous committee of ten members, two of whom shall be members of the old committee who are members of the present Senate, and the remaining three Senate members shall be forthwith named by the Temporary President of the Senate, and five members of the Assembly, including such of said members as are members of the present Assembly, the balance of such five members to be named by the Speaker of the Assembly. In the event of one or more vacancies from time to time in the committee as so reconstituted the same shall be filled whether such vacancies occurred during any recess or after the adjournment of the Legislature, as to the Senate members by the Temporary President of the Senate, and as to the Assembly members by the Speaker of the Assembly.

The committee may at any time and from time to time, by resolution of a majority of its members, be subdivided into subcommittees of such number as it shall by a majority vote determine. Such subcommittees may sit at the same times and places or at different times and places in the State of New York. Each subcommittee shall appoint its own chairman and may act by majority vote of its own members; it may administer oaths and issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers and documents and do all other acts and things that may be done by the committee as a whole or that may be delegated to it by the committee, subject always to the subsequent approval or ratification of its acts by the full committee.

The powers and duties of the committee enumerated in the above recited resolutions, or of any subcommittee to the extent authorized by the committee, shall include also the following powers in addition to those delegated and prescribed under each and all of such resolutions:

Inquire into each and every matter and thing that affects the present, past or future conditions surrounding or in any way bearing or relating to the construction, ownership, transfer, leasing and renting of stores, houses, lofts, apartments and other buildings in any and all cities of the State, and particularly in the city of New York, the causes for any present lack of living and business accommodations, the danger or probability of future lack thereof and the reasons and remedies therefor; the practices and usages with respect to the making or withholding of real estate and building loans, and covering the costs, payments, and expenses involved in making and obtaining such loans; the increase in construction costs and rents and the reasons and remedies therefor, including in such investigation and in its

report the operation and effect of the various laws on this subject passed at the regular session of the Legislature of 1919 and at the regular and special or extraordinary sessions of the year 1920 and the advisability of amending or repealing the same or any

of them.

The investigation of the committee may include any and every other matter and thing not specifically mentioned in this resolution and in the above described resolutions made part thereof relevant to the general question of providing, maintaining, stimulating or increasing accommodations for housing or business purposes for the people of the cities of this State and especially of the city of New York as though the same had been expressly specified herein.

The committee as a whole or through subcommittees may hold sittings beyond the sessions of the Legislature and during the recesses thereof and after its final adjournment. It shall immediately resume its sittings and investigations and shall report the result of all investigations heretofore made under the above recited resolutions with its recommendations, with all convenient speed, but in no event later than March 1, 1922. The committee may meanwhile from time to time make intermediate reports with such recommendations for remedial legislation as it shall deem advisable.

Resolved, That no person shall be excused from attending and testifying before said committee or before any subcommittee thereof, or from producing books, papers, contracts, agreements or other documents before the committee or such subcommittees in obedience to its subpoena on the ground or for the reason that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him may tend to incriminate or degrade him or to subject him to a penalty or forfeiture; but no person so attending and testifying or producing such books, papers or documents shall be subjected to prosecution or to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of this particular transaction, matter or thing concerning which he may testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, before said committee or subcommittee or in obedience to its subpoena.

Resolved, That the further sum of fifty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated from and out of the contingent fund of the Legislature for the necessary expenses heretofore incurred and hereafter to be incurred by said committee to be paid on vouchers approved and audited according to law.

Mr. Lockwood moved that the consideration of said report be postponed until Tuesday, February 1st.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion as amended, and it was determined in the affirmative.

Mr. Mullan, from the committee on affairs of cities, to which was referred the Senate bill introduced by Mr. Lusk (No. 31, Int. No. 31) entitled "An act to amend the supplemental charter of the city of Binghamton, in relation to the issuance of bonds for school purposes,” reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and said bill committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Burlingame, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the Senate bill introduced by Mr. Knight (No. 79, Int. No. 78) entitled "An act to confer jurisdiction on the Court of Claims to hear, audit and determine the claims of Samuel H. Morgan and Adella Morgan and J. Fenton Olive against the State for damages alleged to have been sustained from the overflow of the Griffin Creek feeder to the Genesee Valley canal," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and said bill committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Burlingame, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the Senate bill introduced by Mr. Whitley (No. 63, Int. No. 62) entitled “An act to legalize, ratify and confirm the acts and proceedings had and taken by common school district number one of the town of Irondequoit, Monroe county, in relation to the issuance and sale of school district bonds for the payment of the award made by school superintendent Rayfield pursuant to chapter five hundred and sixty-one of the Laws of nineteen hundred and nineteen, and to provide for the issuance and sale and for the payment of such bonds," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and said bill committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Burlingame, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the Senate bill introduced by Mr. Fearon (No. 22, Int. No. 22) entitled "An act to amend the Judiciary Law, in relation to stenographers to county courts," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and said bill committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Hewitt, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the Senate bill introduced by Mr. Lusk (No. 53, Int.

« AnteriorContinuar »