The house met pursuant to adjournment.
A message from the senate- Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives: the senate concur in the amendment by you proposed to the resolution proposing the appointment of a committee to inform his excellency the Governor, of the election of John W. Walker and William R. King, Senators from this state to the Congress of the United States: whereupon messrs. Everitt and King, were appointed on the part of this house for that purpose.
Ordered that the senate be informed thereof.
Mr. Walker of the committee to whom was referred the petition of William G. Gill, reported by bill, which was read the first time, and on motion of Mr. Saffold was ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Chapman from the committee to whom was referred the duties enjoined on the General Assembly by the constitution of this state, reported as follows, to-wit :
Art. 3d Sec. 9, Directs that a law should pass, requiring an enumeration to be made of all the inhabitants of the state- which section, on motion of Mr. Chapman, was referred to committee for taking the census.
Art. 3d. Sec. 14. Directs that a law should pass regulating the mode by which elections may be contested
which on motion of the same was referred to a select committee whereupon messrs. Walker, Perkins and Moody were appointed.
Sec. 11, Directs that a law should pass, regulating the rules and regulations by which reprieves and pardons may be granted, and fines remitted by the Governor.
Sec. 14, Directs that a secretary of state shall be appointed and his duties defined by law.
Sec. 23, Directs that a state Treasurer and Comptroller of public accounts shall be appointed.
Sec. 1. (Militia,) directs that the General Assembly shall provide by law for organizing and disciplining the milita; which section, on motion of Mr. Chapman was referred to the military committee.
Sec. 6, Directs, that the General Assembly shall fix by law the method of dividing the militia, into divisions, brigades, regiments, battallions and companies, and shall fix the rank of staff officers.
Art. 6. General provisions.
Sec. 3, Gives the General Assembly the power of passing such penal laws, as they may deem expedient, to suppress the evil practice of duelling; which section, on motion of Mr. Chapman, was ordered to be referred to a select committee; whereupon, messrs. Townes, McBee and Dillahunty, were appointed.
Sec. 5. Directs, That laws may be made to exclude from office, from suffrage, and from serving as jurors, those who may be convicted of bribery, perjury, forgery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors; which on motion of Mr. Chapman, was ordered to be referred to a select committee - whereupon. messrs. Birney, Lee and Lamkin, were appointed. The same section directs, that the privilege of free suffrage shall be supported by laws regulating elections, and prohibiting under adequate penalties, all undue influence therein, from power, bribery, tumult or other improper conduct.
Sec. 9, Directs, that the Legislature shall, by law declare in what manner, and in what courts suits may
be brought against the state; which, on motion of Mr. Chapman, was ordered to be referred to the judiciary committee.
Sec. 10, Directs, that the General Assembly should, by law regulate the cases in which deductions shall be made from the salaries of officers, for neglect of duty in their official capacities, and the amount of such deductions; which on motion of the same, was referred to the Judiciary committee.
Sec. 13, Enables the General assembly to pass laws regulating divorces; which on motion of the same, was referred to the Judiciary committee.
Sec. 18, Directs the General Assembly to pass such laws as may be necessary and proper to decide differences by arbitrators, to be appointed by the parties who may chose that summary mode of adjustment, which, on motion of the same was referred to the judiciary committee.
Sec. 21. Directs, that the General Assembly shall make provision by law for obtaining a correct knowledge of the several objects proper for improvment in relation to the navigable waters and to the roads in this state, & for making a systematic & economical application of the monies appropriated for those objects; which on motion of the same was referred to the committee on roads, river, &c.
Mr. Lee of the committee to whom was referred the report of the auditor of public accounts, reported as follows: the committee to whom was referred the report of the auditor, have directed me to move that they be discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and that the report be referred to the committee of ways and means; which was agreed to.
Messrs. Everett and King, of the committee appointed by this house, to join one from the senate, to inform his Excellency the Governor, of the election of John W. Walker and William R. King, Esqs. to the senate in the congress of the united States, reported that they had performed that service.
The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill prescribing the manner in which the oath of office shall be administered to the Governor of the state, and certain other officers therein named, Mr. Townes in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair; and Mr. Townes reported the bill without amendment which on motion of Mr. Birney, was ordered to lie on the table.
The bill for the relief of the assessor and tax-collector and those who are in arrearages for taxes in the county of Lauderdale for the year 1819, was read the third time and passed- and the title changed from a bill to that of an act, for the relief of the assessor and tax collector, and those who are in arrearages for taxes in the county of Lauderdale, for the year 1819.
The bill to incorporate the town of Coffeeville in the county of Clarke, was read a third time, and on motion ordered, to be recommitted for engrossment and made the order of the day on Monday next.
On motion of Mr. Byler, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the order of the day on sundry bills, Mr. Chapman in the chair, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Chapman reported that the committee had, according to order, had sundry bills under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto; which being handed in, Mr. Speaker asked what order it would be the pleasure of the house to take on the bill to establish the seats of justice in the counties of Autauga and Lauderdale, as reported with sundry amendments, was ordered to lie on the table; also the bill to establish two election precincts in the county of Lauderdale, as reported with an amendment, was ordered to lie on the table. Also a resolution on allowing Thomas Eastin a certain sum of money for public printing, as reported without amendment, was ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Everitt moved the adoption of the following re-
solution- resolved, that Speaker of the house be authorized to employ a competent clerk to transcribe and correct under the directions of the speaker the journals from the commencement of the session, which clerk shall be employed until the adjournment of the General Assembly; which was decided in the negative.
Mr. Vaughan moved for the reconsideration of the last resolution, which was decided in the negative.
On motion of Mr. Everitt, ordered that this house adjourn.