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keepers, clerks and employes, and that such committee be further instructed to report in what offices, if any, the clerical force should be increased or diminished, and what change, if any, should be made in the compensation, so as to fix the salaries paid to such assistants, book-keepers, clerks and employes in the several departments, and that such committee be authorized to report a bill classifying such employes and designating the salaries each one shall receive as compensation for their services, correcting all inequalities in the present compensation received, if any such inequality is found to exist.
[No. 7, S.]
JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3.
Resolved, by the senate, the assembly concurring, that bill No. 33, S., entitled, “A bill to revise the general stat. utes,” be referred to a joint special committee, composed of such persons as the judiciary committees may agree upon; that such committee, when so appointed, shall be furnished, by the superintendent of public property, with such laws, statutes and other books as it may require; that it shall be the duty of such committee to embody in their proper places in said bill such laws as may be en: acted at this session, as ought to form a part of the proposed statutes, and that it may have such printing done as may be necessary for the performance of its duties.
[No. 8, S.]
JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 4.
Whereas, it appears that certain lands which were swamp or overflowed at the date of the swamp land grant, to-wit: September 28, 1850, the title to which vested in the state of Wisconsin under said swamp land grant, as of the date thereof, have been erroneously and inadvertently certified to said state under certain acts of congress subsequent to said swamp land grant, which latter acts granted lands to the state of Wisconsin in trust for certain internal improvements, and
Whereas, The United States refuses to patent said lands to said state under said swamp land grant, until said state shall have reconveyed to the United States, any right or title to said lands which said state may appear to have acquired by reason of such erroneous certifications under said acts of congress, subsequent to said swamp land grant, therefore be it
Resolved, by the senate, the assembly concurring, that the governor of this state, for the purpose of procuring from the United States proper patents to such lands as were swamp or overflowed on the date of the swamp land grant, and which have been erroneously and inadvertently certified to said state under acts of congress subsequent to said swamp land grant, be and he is hereby authorized to execute on behalf of said state, such releases or conveyances as may be deemed necessary in order to recon. vey to the United States any right or title which said state may appear to have acquired by reason of any such erroneous or inadvertent certifications, under acts of congress subsequent to said swamp land grant, to lands which were swamp or overflowed on the date of said swamp land grant, and the title to which vested in said state on the date thereof.
[No. 9, S.]
Resolved, by the senate, the assemby concurring, that the regents of the university of Wisconsin be requested to furnish to the legislature, as early as practicable, the number of professors, assistant professors, instructors and all other people employed by the university, together with the salaries of each such professor and employe. Also the number of students receiving instructions from each professor, the number of recitations each one hears, and hours of instruction given, together with the total receipts and expenditures of the university item by item and for what purpose made, for the year ended December 31st, 1896.
[No. 11, S.]
JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6.
For the appointment of a joint committee to investigate
and report on the condition of the executive mansion.
Whereas, In pursuance of chapter 324, laws of 1885, the state purchased an executive residence which has since that time been occupied by the governor, and
Whereas, Such residence is in a very bad state of repair, and absolutely needs 'expenditures for improvements, in order to make it suitable for the purposes intended, therefore;
Be it resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring: That a joint committee of five, consisting of two on the part of the senate, and three on the part of the assembly be appointed to take the subject matter of this resolation into careful consideration by an inspection of the premises, to the end that the legislature may be informed as to the needs and necessities of the executive residence, and the improvements and expenditures necessary to be made to render it a fit abiding place for the governor and his family, and to report their conclusions to the legislature at as early day as practicable.
[No. 14, S.]
JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7.
Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring: Whereas, The Torrey bankruptcy bill has already passed the house of representatives of the United States, and now awaits the favorable action of the senate to become a law; and
Whereas, We believe this measure if enacted will in all respects afford adequate relief and protection which the nation at this time stands greatly in need of; and
Whereas, We also believe that a national bankrupt law is a great necessity to the business interests of our country, and that the enactment of such a law will, to a great extent, militate against the present unsettled condition of financial and commercial affairs, and will bring about a stability in such relations which will be hailed with universal approbation; and
Whereas, We further believe that a failure to enact this measure will involve indefinite delay in the adoption of a general bankruptcy law, and will operate disastrously upon trade, commerce and business generally;
Therefore, be it resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, that the representatives of Wisconsin in congress of the United States, be and they hereby are respectfully requested to use their best efforts to secure the passage of the Torrey bankruptcy bill now pending in the senate of the United States, at the earliest possible time, and
Resolved, further, that copies of this preamble and resolutions be forwarded to each of the representatives from Wisconsin in congress.
[No. 22, S.]
JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8.
Whereas, A bill has been introduced into the senate, providing for an appropriation for the erection of additional buildings at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home at Waupaca, and
Whereas, Another bill has been introduced authorizing the board of directors of the Wisconsin Veteran's Home, at Waupaca, with the approval of the governor, to lease the Downer college property at Fox Lake, for the purpose of establishing a branch Veterans' Home, therefore,
Resolved, by the senate, the assembly concurring, that a joint committee, consisting of three from the senate and four from the assembly, be appointed with instructions to visit the Waupaca Home and the Downer College property at Fox Lake, without expense to the state, and to carefully inquire into the present necessities and condition of the home and its probable future necessities, and to make such recommendations as to an additional building at Waupaca, or about the advisability of leasing the Downer college property, as in their judgment may best provide for the deserving veterans of the war and to best protect the interests of the state.
[No. 10, S.]
JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9.
Whereas, At the biennial session of the legislature of this state for the year 1895, an amendment to the constitution of this state was proposed and agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, .