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The Franking Privilege

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A bul lias been reported to the United States Senate by Mr. Paddock, of Nebraska, from the Comnüttee on Postoffices and Postroads, looking to a restoration of the franking privilege. The bilí próvidos that it ehall be lawful to trsinsmit through the mails f ree of postage, any letters, packages, or other matters relating exclusively to the business of the Government of the United States, provided that every such letter or package to entitle it to pass free, shall bear over the words "official business," an indorsement showing also the name of the department or the bureau whence transmitted. Any person making use of such official envelope to avoid the payment of postage on private matter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $300. Senators and representatives in Congress and delegates from Territories as well as the Secretary of the Senate and Clerfc of the House of Representatives may send and receive through the mail free of postage letters, documents, packages, and other matter relating exclusive to public business, provided that each senator, representativo, delégate, or officer, as aforesaid, shall write upon such letter, document, and other matter so sent by him his name with the proper designation of the office he holds. The penalties prescribed for violating this section are the same as provided for a violation of the f 01 nier section in regard to department officers, provided that the penalty herein shall not be construed to interfere with the constitutional power of each house to punish or expel a member.


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