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make, having in view the objects of this act as

expressed in its preamble. Actual ex- SECTION 3. The actual traveling and other penses of commission to be paid. Appro

necessary expenses incurred by such commispriation $1,500. sion, shall be reimbursed by the state, and upon

presentation of itemized sworn bills of such cash outlays to the secretary of state, it shall be his duty, if satisfied that they are correct, to draw his warrant on the treasury for the amount, and there is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in thestate treasury, not otherwise appropriated, a sum sufficient to carry out the provisions of this act, not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication,

Approved April 23, 1897.

No. 390, S.]

[Published April 27, 1897.

CHAPTER 311.

AN ACT to protect insurers from having their

risks placed in unauthorized or unreliable insurance companies.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in

senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

Personal lia- SECTION 1. Any fire insurance company or bility in case of unreliable agent for an authorized fire insurance company, companies. soliciting or placing insurance in an unauthor

ized company, shall, in addition to prosecution for violation of the insurance laws, have its or his license to transact business in this state, as a company or agent, revoked by the commis. sioner of insurance, and any firm, corporation, association, person or agent placing insurance

in an unauthorized company shall, in the event of the failure of such unauthorized company to pay any claim or loss arising under its policy, become nersonally liable to the assured for the amount of such claim.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication. Approved April 23, 1897.

No. 58, S.)

[Published April 28, 1897.

CHAPTER 312.

AN ACT to regulate the nomination of candi. dates.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in

senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

ful.

SECTION 1. Caucuses and meetings of polit- Caucuses and ical parties held for the purpose of nominating ing to be held candidates, or choosing delegates to assemble in with the proconvention to nominate any person for any pub- act to be lawlic office, to be voted for at any general or municipal election, held in all cities in this state, except as hereinafter provided, whether operating under general or special charter, and at all general, municipal, town and village elections in counties having a population of two hundred thousand or more, and all meetings for nominating candidates, or choosing delegates to the conventions to nominate candidates, to be voted for at such elections, commonly called caucuses, unless held under the provisions of this act, are hereby declared to be unlawful, and no political party shall have its political ticket

placed upon the official ballot or canvassed at such election, unless the nominations of its candidates are made in accordance with the provi. sions of this act. The meetings of electors in any town, village or ward, held for the purpose of nominating candidates or choosing delegates as aforesaid, are hereby defined as caucuses and declared to be such, and any person who shall vote, or offer to vote at any such caucus, unless at the time he shall be a qualified elector of the caucus district for which said caucus is held, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished in the manner hereinafter provided. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to municipal elections held in cities of the third and fourth class, until such cities shall have adopted the same, as pro

vided for in section 11, of this act. Officers of political par

SECTION 2. Every political party desiring to ties to be filed nominate candidates to be voted for at anv elecor county clerk.

tion as hereinbefore provided, shall file with the county or city clerk the name of the chairman, secretary and members of the county or city committee of such political party, who shall be electors of such county or city, and shall have been elected by the county or city convention called for the purpose of nominating candidates to be voted for in said county or city at any such election, and the names of such members of the county or city committee shall be embodied in The nomination papers filed with the county or city clerk, certifying the nomination of candidates, and the term of office of all such members of the county or city committee shall commence immediately after such nomination papers bave been filed. The respective county or city com. mittee shall determine the day and place when the conventions of the political party it rensesents shall be held, and also the day upon which the caucus of such political party shall be held for each town, village or ward, and the number of delegates which shall represent each town, village and ward in such conventions, and shall also designate the offices for which candidates

shall be nominated at such caucus, and such committee shall also designate all offices for which, according to law, candidates are to be voted for at the next ensuing election.

SECTION 3. Whenever a city election shall be Relating to held in any city of the first class, whether operat- of the com

mittee. ing under a special or general charter, as hereinbefore provided, and the chairman of the county committee be a resident of such city, he shall act as chairman, and the members of the county committee representing such city shall be the members of the city committee, which committee shall fix and determine the day and place of holding the conventions and the number of delegates which shall be chosen from each ward of said city to act in said convention, and shall designate the offices for which candidates shall be nominated at such caucuses, and said committee shall determine the day upon which the caucuses of the political party which it represents, shall be held in each ward, and the caucuses of one political party shall be held upon the same day, and no more than one political party shall hold caucus on the same day. In case the chairman of the county committee is not a resident of such city, then the members of the county committee of such city shall elect a resident of their city to act as chairman of their city committee. Whenever such county com- Duties of the mittee or city committee shall determine mittee in

calling cauthe time of holding such caucuses, the cuses. chairman of such committee shall cause to be published in at least one daily newspaper, if nominations are to be made to be voted for at municipal elections, and if for general elections, or town or village elections, in at least two newspapers published in the county and advocating the principles of the party, a notice, stating the time and place where such preliminary meetings, caucuses and conventions will be held; such notice shall be published for at least two successive days of publication, not less than eight nor more than sixteen days prior to the time fixed for the holding of the preliminary

Construction of booths required.

meetings. The city conventions shall be held not more than two days following the holding of the caucuses of the respective party, and county and district conventions shall be held not more than three days after the day of the holding of such caucuses. The caucus, held under the provisions of this act, shall be held and conducted in the precinct election booth located nearest to the center of the caucus district where held, unless the county committee of the party holding any such caucuses, shall designate some other precinct booth in said caucus district, in which event such caucus shall be held at the booth so designated, and shall open, in any city of the first class, whether operating under a special or general charter, or counties having a population of more than one hundred and fifty thousand, at the hour of twelve o'clock noon, and in all other cities at four o'clock P. M. and close at the hour of eight o'clock in the evening of the same day.

SECTION 4. It is hereby made the duty of every such city, and the board of public works thereof, and of the town and village boards, to cause such booths to be constructed and erected at said place and at said time for such purposes, and to furnish the necessary furniture, ballot boxes, heat and light, and whenever a ward in any city, any village, or town in any county, constitutes more than two election districts or precincts, the county or city committee may subdivide such ward, village or town, into caucus districts for the accommodation of electors, and shall state in its call the location of its caucus booth for each such district, and the precinct or election districts for which said booths have been assigned; provided, that in all cities where provision for election booths is not made by law, the caucus held under the provisions of this act shall be in some suitable building in each caucus district to be designated by such committee and located as centrally as may be with regard to the convenience of all electors in such caucus district. The county or city committee shall

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