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Lansing, May 13, 1781. The investigation connnittee of the houses for the investigating oL the state house oí correction at Ionia, ordered just at the close of last week's business, consists of Senators Lovell and Dickennan and llepresentatives Cutcheon, Cobband Little, the flrst and last being farmers and all the others lawyers. The coinmittee began tlieir investigations on the 12th and the job is expected to oecupy them for some rtays, perhaps two or three weeks. KE-APrORTIONMENT. Owing to the failure of the congr&ssional apportionment bill to pass the senate in tlie closing hours of the last eongress, the present legislatura can not redistrict the state into the eleven congressional districts we are expected to have under the census of 1880, but it can re-apportion the senatorial asd representative districts under that census. To that end the senate passed un tho oth a bilí "to apportion anew the representatives among the several counties and districts of the state." While it is quite likely that the house wil I think best to amend it somewhat, not because tkat body can better the bilí, but on the usually adopted theory that "it carne from the other house, so let's change it." As it passed the senate it reads substantially as follows: Section 1. The people of theStateof Michigan enact, ïliat the House of Kepresentatives shall hereafter be composed of members elected agreeably to a ratio of one representative for every sixteen tliousand, three hundred nd sixty-three persons, including civilized persons of Indian descent, not members of any trile, in each organized county, and one representative for a fraction equal to a moiety of said ratio, and not incUided therein; that is to say, within the county of Wayne, ten; within the counties of Kent and Saginaw, four each; vvitkin the counties of Lenawee and St. Clair, three each ; within the counties of Allegan, Bay, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ionia, Jackson, Kalainazoo, Lapeer, Macomb, Monroe, Mont calm, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Sanilac, Shiawasee, St. Joseph, ïuscola' Van Buren and Washtenaw, two each; within the eounties of Alpena, Barry' Cass. Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Houghton, Huron, Isabella, Livingston, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Newaygo, Oceana and ceoia, one eacn; we eounties of Ontonagon, Isle lloyal, Baraga and Keweenaw shall coHstitute a representative district, and be entitled to one representative; the eounties of Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinaw and Chippewa shall constitue a representative district, and be entitled to one represestative; the eounties of Emmet, Clieboygan and Presque Isle shall constitute" a representative district, and be entitled to one representative; the eounties of Otsego, Iosco, Crawford, Osceda, Alcona and Ogemaw shall constitute a representative district, and be entitled to one representative; the eounties of Lake, Wexford, Benzie and Kalkaska shall eonstitute a representative district, and be entitled to one representative; the eounties of Manitou, Charlevoix, Antrim and Leelanaw shall constitute a represenentative district, and be entitled to one representavive; the eounties of Missaukee, Clare, Gladwin, Midland and Roscommon shall constitute one representative district, and be entitled to one representative. AN IMPORTANT TETO. Governor Jerome sent to the senate on the lOth instant, a long message, in which he recited at length the bill "to provide for a supply of the general laws of the State," taking it up section by section, and then closed by adding : "Holding the above views, I respectfully return the bill without mj signature, to the house in which it originated, for such further consideratimi na the constitution provides." ïlie objections are based by tlie Governor solely on its unconstitutionality. The bill was laid on the table, but the next day was taken up and passed by the senate, notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, by a vote of 23 jeas to 7 nays, those who stood by the execut Ive, being senators Andrus, Billings, I)oit, Ford, G teusel, Kussell and Winsor. ïhose wlio voted nol to sustain the veto were senators Ambler, Brown, Button, Caplis, Chandler, Cook, Dickerman, Edsell, Fair, Kilpatriek, Lovell, McGurk, Mass, Morrison, Patterson, Rose, Shaw, Stanton, Strong, Swift, Tooker, Upson and Welch. When the bill was re-transmitted to the house, that body reconsidered the vote by which it passed the bill and then tabled it in order to look over tbe situation. As a two-third vote (or 67 votes) is requiied to ovei-ride a veto, it is not probable that the bill can be restored to vjtaliiy again. though its friends talk very conlidently on the subject. It is now feared that the feeling is so strong on both sides that the friends of tlüs bill will refuse (in case of its failure) to unite in tlie election of a compiler as the constitution provides shall be done "whenever a reprint of the general laws hereafter becoines necessary, and thus attempt to force the adoption of the llowellcompilatitn and publication or do witliout any for another two years. Kverybody concedes that the compilation is one of the very best that can be had, but it is the manner in which it was proposed to get it that the governor says is "agin the constitution." While many people of Michgan would be glad of tlie passage of a bill making school text books to bc used in our state both UNIFORM AND CIIEAP, the bill introduced by Senator McGurk, looking to that desired end, failed to pass tho senate on the llth, recoiving only 11 votes for to 12 agalnst It. A similar bill died in the senate twoyears ago, NO MOltE TREATINO. The senate has just passed a bill "to suppress the so-called habit of treating and consequent vice of intemperance." It passed 17 to 7. UNIFORM AND CIIEAP, the bill introduced by Senator McGurk, looking f,o that desired end, failed to pass the senate on the llth, receiving only 11 votes for to 12 against it. A similar bilí died in the senate two years ago. NO MOUE TKEAfflNG. The senate has just passed a bilí "to suppress the so-called habit of treating and consequent vice of intemperance." It passed 17to7. FEMALE SUFFKAGE. The right of the ballot ia not yet to be given to the women of Michigan, it seems. The joint resolution giving her that privilege was lost in the house on the llth, receiving only 54 votes for and 34 against it. Twó-thirds (or 67) were necessary to pnss it. ANOTHEK FAILUHE FOK PKOIIIBITION, and piobably the last of the present session, occurred on the llth instant, the house again defeating the proposition by a vote of Gl yeas to 32 nays, 64 being necessary to pass tlie reeolution. ïhe liouse the same day passed the senate. LIQUOR TAX BILL substantially as it passed the senate excepting that they succeeded in cutting down the beer tax to $200. The bill passed by a vote of 60 yeas to 30 nays. The senate concurred in the amendments next day, so the thing is done. ■ The senate this forenoon passed thirty bilis and the house a few, but none of any great importance, excepting the one passed by the former for the additional asylum for the insane and appropriating $400,000 with which to pay the bill. It was afterward reconsidered and tabled temporarily. A resolution to fix the day for final adjournment for June 4th was tabled in the senate on the 12th. Both houses have again adjourned from to-day until Mondav


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