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Mr. Camp, from the Joint Committee appointed to prepare and report Joint Rules of the two Houses, reported the Rules of the last year, with a proposition to amend the same, by erasing, from Rule 2, all after the words, “Secretary of State,” to wit, the words, “but shall not be reported to the Senate, or House of Representatives, or published in their Journals, unless especially so ordered.”

The Senate adopted the proposed amendment, and also the Joint Rules, thus amended.

JOINT RULES. 1. A joint assembly shall be formed by a union of the Senate and House of Representatives in the hall of the latter, for the purpose of electing certain State and county officers, in which the Secretary of State, or in his absence the Secretary of the Senate, shall officiate as Clerk. It shall be formed only at such time, and for such specific purpose, as may be expressed in a concurrent resolution of both houses; and may adjourn from time to time during the sitting of the General Assembly.

2. The proceedings of every joint assembly, including the resolutions ordering the same, shall be recorded by the Clerk in a book kept for that purpose, which shall be preserved in the office of the Secretary of State, a copy of which shall be furnished to the Governor by the Secretary of State.

3. Previous to the meeting of any joint assembly, for the purpose of electing county officers, the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, from the several counties, shall convene in county conventions, and make a nomination, for all the officers to be elected in their respective counties, and present the same for the consideration of the joint assembly; and no nomination of any county officers shall be finally acted on by the joint assembly, until the same shall have been submitted to the county convention.

4. The rules of the Senate, so far as applicable, shall be observed in regulating the proceedings of every joint assembly.

5. The committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, to whom the same subject matters shall have been referred, may, for the purpose of facilitating business, meet together as a joint committee, and make a joint or separate report to either or both houses, as they may think expedient.

6. In every case of disagreement between the Senate and House of Representatives, if either shall request a conference and appoint a committee for that purpose, and the other house shall also appoint a committee on its part, such committees shall meet, at a convenient hour, to be agreed upon by their chairman, in the conference room, and state to each other, verbally or in writing, the reasons of each house for its vote on the subject matter of disagreement, confer freely thereon, and make report of their doings to their respective houses as soon as may be.

7. Committees of conference shall consist of an equal number from each house, and shall return the papers referred to them to that house which last voted upon the subject matter of disagreement.

8. When bills are on their passage between the two houses, they shall be unilor the signature of the Secretary or Clerk of each house respectively.

9. After bills have passed both houses, and a certificate showing the one in which they respectively originated has been duly endorsed thereon, they shall be delivered to a joint standing committee of two Senators and two members of the House of Representatives, to be designated the Committee on Bills, who shall make careful examination, and see that they are correctly engrossed, and when satisfied of their accuracy, shall present them first to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and then to the President of the Senate, for their official signatures, and having obtained them, they shall forthwith deliver them to the Governor for his approbation, and shall make true report to both houses of the day on which each bill was so delivered to the Governor, which shall be duly entered upon the journal of each house.

10. When a bill or resolution, which shall have passed one house, is rejected in the other, notice thereof shall be given to the house in which the same shall have passed; and all such rejected bills or resolutions, with the accompanying papers, shall be returned to, and left in custody of, the bouse which first acted upon them.

11. Each house shall transmit to the other all papers on which any bills or resolution shall be founded ; and should such bills or resolutions pass both houses, the same papers shall be delivered to the Governor.

12. After each house shall have adhered to the vote of disagreement, a bill or resolution shall be lost.

13. No bill, which shall have passed one house, shall be sent for concurrence to the other on either of the two last days of the session.

Mr. Camp called up the resolution from the Honse of Representatines, on the table, providing for a Joint Assembly to elect a Secretary of State an Auditor of Accounts against the State, and an Auditor in the Treasury Department.

And the said resolution was passed in concurrence.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Merrill, their Clerk:

MR. PRESIDENT:-The House have passed a resolution providing for a Joint Assembly to elect a Senator to represent the State in the Congress of the United States for six years from the 4th day of March, 1843, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The House have, on their part, adopted the Joint Rules, reported by the Committee of the two Houses.

Mr. Smalley presented the petition of Daniel Preston and others, which was read and referred to the Comınittee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Cutts called up the resolution on the table, presented by Mr. Sprague, relative to reducing the salaries of Judges of the Supreme Court and other officers, and moved to amend the same by striking out all after the word “Resolved,” and inserting, in lieu thereof, the words “That the Committee on Finance be directed to enquire into the expediency of making any alteration in the salaries, either of the Judges of the Supreme Court, or of any other officers."

And on the question, Will the Senate so amend the resolution ? the yeas and nays having been demanded by Mr. Sprague, were as follows:

The Senators who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. A. Allen, E. Allen, Barrett, Bartlett, Briggs, Butler, Camp, Cutts, Dillingham, Dutton, Eaton, Field, French, Green, Hatch, Hubbell, Munsill, Plumb, Porter, Sheldon, Sowles, Starr, Stevens, Townsley, Wright-25.

Those Senators who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Aikin, Bingham, Blodgett, Sprague_4.

So the amendment was adopted, and the resolution as amended was passed. Mr. Smalley introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message as relates to the attempt of the citizens of Rhode Island to form a constitution for their government, be referred to a select Committee of three, with directions to make report thereon.

Which was read and passed.

(S. 10.) Mr. French introduced a bill entitled "an act in addition to chapter 24 of the Reyised Statutes."

Which was read the first and second times and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

A resolution from the House of Representatives, as follows:

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That both Houses respectively proceed, at 10 o'clock A. M., on Wednesday next, to elect a Senator to represent the State, in the Congress of the United States, for six years from the 4th day of March 1843, and that both Houses meet in the Representatives Hall, immediately thereafter, to complete said election.

Was taken up, and Mr. Briggs moved to amend the same, by inserting, after the words “4th day of March, 1843,” the words “and to represent the State in the Congress of the United States, for the unexpired term of the Hon. Samuel Prentiss.”

Which proposed amendment was rejected.
Mr. Cutts moved that the resolution be laid on the table.
Which motion was rejected.
And the original resolution was passed, in concurrence.

Mr. Plumb moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution introduced by Mr. A. Allen, relative to extending the jurisdiction of justice's was rejected. Pending this motion,

On motion of Mr. Sowles, The Senate adjourned.

AFTERNOON.

-The President announced the appointment of Mr. Smalley, Mr. Briggs, and Mr. Dutton, as the select committee on the resolution introduced by Mr. Smalley, providing for a reference of that portion of the Message of His Excellency, the Governor, relating to the State of Rhode Island.

On motion of Mr. Plumb, The Senate reconsidered the vote of yesterday rejecting the resolution introduced by Mr. A. Allen, relative to extending the jurisdiction of justices of the peace, and the said resolution having, on motion of Mr. Briggs, been so amended as to read as follows:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to enquire into the expediency of extending the jurisdiction of justices of the peace to the trial of all actions on book accounts, where the balance claimed to be due does not exceed one hundred dollars." Was passed.

(S. 11.) Mr. Bartlett introduced a bill entitled “an act in addition to chapter 109 of the Revised Statutes." Which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

(S. 12.) Mr. E. Allen introduced a bill entitled “an act in alteration of the sixteenth section of the eighty-eighth chapter of the Revised Statutes.” Which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture,

On motion of Mr. Dillingham, The Senate adjourned.

WednesDAY, Oct. 19, 1842. Prayer by the Chaplain. The journal of yesterday was read.

The President announced the appointment of Mr. E. Allen, and Mr Green, as the Committee on Bills, on the part of the Senate.

Mr. Briggs introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That the proceed. ings in the election of Senator to represent this State in the Senate of the United States—as provided for in a joint resolution which has been passed—be postponed till Friday next, at 10 o'clock forenoon.

Which was read and passed.

(S. 13.) Mr. Butler introduced a bill entitled "an act altering the name of Gilman Sinclair.” Which was read the first and second times, and Ordered, To lie on the table. (S. 14.) Mr. Butler introduced a bill entitled “an act in addition to chapter 24 of the Revised Statutes."

Which was read the first and second times, and referred to the Com, mittee on the Judiciary.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Merrill, their Clerk:

MR. PRESIDENT,—The House concur with the Senate in passing a res.

olution providing for the postponement of the election of a Senator to represent this State in the Senate of the United States. Mr. Butler introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of limiting by law, the fees of Auditors of Accounts appointed by County Courts, and report by bill or otherwise. Which was read and passed.

On motion of Mr. Briggs, The Senate adjourned.

AFTERNOON.

(S. 15.) Mr. Hatch introdnced a bill entitled “an act relating to claims," which was read the first and second times, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Merrill, their Clerk:

MR. PRESIDENT :--The House have passed a resolution relative to a repeal of the U. S. Bankrupt Law, and a resolution providing for a Joint Assembly to elect a Superintendent and three Directors of the State Prison, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

Resolutions from the House of Representatives, as follows:

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our Representatives requested to use their best exertions and influence to procure the repeal of the act passed at the extra session in 1841, entitled "an act to establish a uniform system of bankruptcy throughout the United States."

Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing resolution, to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress. Were read, and on motion of Mr. Briggs, Ordered to lie on the table. A resolution from the House of Representatives, as follows:

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That the two Houses meet in Joint Assembly, on Tuesday next, at ten o'clock A. M. to elect a Superintendent and three Directors of the State Prison.

Was read, and on motion of Mr. Porter, amended by inserting, after the word “ Superintendent” the word " Chaplain," and thus amended, the resolution was passed in concurrence.

Mr. Briggs, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred the resolutions, relative to Jail Yard limits, and to extending the Jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace, reported the opinion of the Committee to be, that no legislative action is demanded thereon.

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