Mr. Mead, from the committee on road, bridges, ferries, &c, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Limestone county, praying a road to be opened through some part of Morgan county, Reported, the prayer of the petitioners unreasonable, as they conceive that the county court of Morgan has ample and exclusive jurisdiction of such matter; and that were they to act otherwise on this petition, they would be unnecessarily legislating. Ordered, That the House concur in said report.
On motion of Mr. Young, Resolved, That the judiciary committee
be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing a summary mode for the impeachment of justices of the peace for mal-practice in office.
On motion of Mr. Mardis, Resolved, That a select committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of revising and so amending the existing laws, as to protect the persons of debtors from confinement: whereupon, Messrs. Mardis, Gayle and Crenshaw were appointed said committee.
Mr. Fluker obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to provide for contesting the election of justices of the peace." Mr. Moore, of Jackson, obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled, "an act to amend the laws now in force concerning writs of certiorari."
Mr. Phillips obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to establish regular justices courts in this state:" which said bills were severally read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow. Ordered, That 60 copies of the latter be printed for the use of this House.
On motion of Mr. Phillips the House took into consideration a bill, to be entitled "an act respecting bail in civil cases:" said bill being on its second reading, Mr. Jackson moved to amend said bill by striking out therefrom these words in the first section thereof, to wit:" and that he, she or they (as the case may be) apprehends the loss of said sum, or some part thereof, unless the defendant or defendants be held to bail:" which motion was lost.
The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are,
|Mr. Creagh||Hill of Tusk.||Lanier||Moore of Marion||Skinner|
|Fluker||Hill of Bibb||Moore of Jackson||Martin||Tindall,|
Those who voted in the negative are,
|Brown||Hallett||Moore of Mad||Philpott||Smith|
Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow Mr. Pickett, from the committee of privileges and elections, to whom was referred a resolution directed them to inquire into the expediency of altering the existing laws in relation to voting in elections by the people. Reported, That it is inexpedient to legislate on that subject- in which report the House concurred.
Mr. Miller, from the committee on propositions and grievances, to whom was referred the petition of William Payne, Reported, that the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted. Ordered, That the House concur in said report.
Mr. Miller, from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of Virginia Murray, reported a bill to be entitled "an act allowing the guardian of Virginia Murray to sell certain lands therein mentioned:" which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Thursday next.
Mr. Miller, from the same committee, to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled "an act to vest in the judge of the county court and commissioners of roads and revenue of the county of Henry, a certain portion of land for county purposes:" Reported said bill without amendment. On motion of Mr. Harvey, Ordered, That said bill lie on the table.
A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their secretary.
Mr. Speaker:- The Senate have read a third time and passed a bill originating in their body, of the following title, to wit: "an act declaring Cotaco in Morgan County, a public highway:" in which they desire your concurrence, and then he withdrew.
Mr. Martin gave notice, that on to-morrow, he would move the adoption of the following rule: "Rule, whenever a member introduces a bill, or presents a petition in this House, he shall endorse on the back thereof, the title of the bill, and the prayer of the petition respectively, otherwise it shall not be received by this House.
A bill from the Senate, entitled "an act declaring Cotaco in Morgan county, a Public Highway:" was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.
The House then proceeded to the order of the day.
A bill, to be entitled "an act for the better securing of crops, while adhering to the freehold:" was read a second time. Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.
Bills of the following titles, to wit:
"An act to regulate the proceedings hereafter to be had before justices of the peace."
"An act to open and cut a certain part of a road therein named," and,
"An act to legalize registering and recording certain deeds or conveyances of land in this State, and for other purposes:" were severally read a second time and ordered to lie on the table.
A bill, to be entitled "an act for the relief of the people of the State of Alabama:" was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Lanier, Phillips and Oliver.
An engrossed bill, entitled "an act for the relief of James Slaughter, tax collector of Limestone county in the year 1821," was read a third time, and the question being put, shall this bill pass, it was decided in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
A bill, to be entitled "an act to concerning contracts:" was read a second time, and referred to the judiciary committee.
The Speaker laid before the House, the record of the proceedings of the Circuit Court of Conecuh County, exercising chancery jurisdiction, in the case of Dorcas Walker, against her husband Noah Walker: which was received and referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.
And then the House adjourned till to-morrow morning ten o'clock