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cation by the secretary of state, that the said publication has been regularly made as provided in this section, at the fixed rate of thirty cents for each folio of one hundred words. The charge for such publication of laws of a local nature in the newspapers designated to publish said laws shall be paid by the several counties of the state in which said laws may be published in the manner prescribed by this subdivision, at a rate which shall not be less than twenty-five cents nor more than fifty cents for each folio of one hundred words, as the board of supervisors in the several counties may determine. It shall be the duty of each board of supervisors in the several counties of this state, in making out the assessment-rolls, to assess and levy on the taxable property of the county whose representatives they are, such sums as shall be sufficient to defray the expense of publishing the laws of a local nature applicable only to the county affected, in the newspaper designated.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 715, 88 1, 2, part, and g 5. 6. This section shall not apply to counties in which the publication of the laws provided for in this section is regulated by special provision of law, where the same is inconsistent therewith, but the number of papers in which such laws are directed to be advertised, and the rates of compensation for such publications fixed by such special provision shall not be changed by the provisions of this section.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 715, $ 8.

§ 49. Slips of session laws to be forwarded to clerks. The county clerk of each county shall, on or before the first day of January of each year, notify the secretary of state of the total number of towns, villages and cities within such county. The secretary of state, as soon as practicable after the receipt of the slips of the session laws from the printer, shall send to the county clerk of each county a sufficient number of each printed slip of each law and concurrent resolution of the legislature affecting such county or any municipality therein, to supply such county and each such municipality affected by any such law or concurrent resolution, with one copy thereof. The county clerk of each county, as soon as practicable after the receipt thereof, shall send one of each such slips affecting any town, village or city therein to the clerk thereof, and shall retain one of each such slips on file in his office. Such distribution by the county clerk shall be by mail and shall be a county charge. Such slips shall be kept on file in the office of such clerks, arranged in the order in which they were passed. Such clerks shall not be entitled to any fee or compensa

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tion for filing such slips or keeping the same on file in their respective offices.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 682, § 49, as am'd by L. 1893, ch. 132, § l; L. 1894, ch. 138, § 1, and L. 1896, ch. 259, $ 1.

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Legislative Committees; Testimony in Legis

lative Proceedings

Section 60. Testimony before legislative committees.

61. Subcommittees.
62. Witnesses' fees.
63. Expenses of committees.
64. Contested elections.
65. Expenses of unsuccessful contestant.
66. Legislative appearances.

§ 60. Testimony before legislative committees. A legislative committee may require the attendance of witnesses in this state whom the committee may wish to examine, or may issue a commission for the examination of witnesses who are out of the state or unable to attend the committee or excused from attendance, which commission if directed by the house or legislature by which the committee is appointed may be executed during the recess of the legislature. A commission issued as provided by this section shall be in the form used in the courts of record of this state and shall be executed in like manner. Unless otherwise instructed by the committee appointing them the commissioners shall examine privately every witness attending before them and shall not make public the particulars of such examination.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 682, $ 60. § 61. Subcommittees. Whenever any standing committee of either house of the legislature shall be required to make an inquiry or investigation, such committee may appoint a subcommittee of not less than three of its own members to make such inquiry or investigation, and to take testimony in relation thereto; and such committee or subcommittee and the chairman Art. 4 Legislative Committees; Testimony in Legislative Proceedings. 88 62–64

thereof shall respectively have all the powers and authority, which are conferred by law upon any committee which is authorized to send for persons or papers, or upon the chairman thereof.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 682, § 61.

$ 62. Witnesses' fees. Any person attending as a witness under the provisions of the last two sections shall receive the same fees as are allowed witnesses in civil actions in courts of record. Such fees need not be prepaid, but the comptroller upon the certificate of the chairman of the committee, and proof by affidavit or otherwise that the same is due, shall draw his warrant for the payment of the amount thereof.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 682, 8 62.

§ 63. Expenses of committees. Whenever by resolution of either house, a committee duly appointed by it, shall be directed to conduct an investigation or take testimony in any other place than the city of Albany, the comptroller shall draw his warrant for the payment of the actual and necessary expenses of the committee or subcommittee having in charge such investigation, inquiry or taking of testimony, and of the officers and employees authorized to accompany them, upon the rendition of an itemized bill of such expenses certified by the chairman of the committee, and approved by the presiding officer of the house by which the committee was appointed, and upon proof by affidavit or otherwise that the same is due.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 682, $ 63.

8 64. Contested elections. Upon the application of any person desirous of obtaining testimony respecting the election of a member of either house, for the purpose of contesting an election, or resisting a contest thereof, any county judge of the county, or justice of the supreme court of the district, or the mayor or recorder of a city in which the member or applicant shall reside, may require the attendance of persons named by the applicant, at a specified time and place, to be examined respecting such election; and shall, at the same time, issue a notice to the opposite party of the time, place and object of such examination. The notice shall be served in the same manner as a notice of motion in a court of record. At the time appointed for the examination, upon proof of the due service of such notice, the witnesses who shall attend or who shall be produced by either

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party, shall be examined under oath before such officer, respecting such matters relating to the election about to be contested, as shall be proposed by either party. The testimony given upon such examination shall be reduced to writing, signed by the witnesses respectively, certified by the officer before whom it was taken, and with the subpæna, notice and proof of the service thereof, shall be sent by him under seal to the clerk of the house to which the election pertains.

A witness attending before such officer, by virtue of a subpena, shall receive the same fees as are allowed to witnesses in civil suits in courts of record, to be paid by the party at whose instance such witness was summoned.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 682, § 64.

$ 65. Expenses of unsuccessful contestant. When the seat of any member of the legislature shall be contested, no expense incurred by the contestant, in prosecuting his claim, shall be paid by the state, unless such seat be awarded to the contestant.

Formerly L. 1892, ch. 692, § 65.

§ 66. Legislative appearances. Every person retained or employed for compensation as counsel or agent by any person, firm, corporation or association to promote or oppose directly or indirectly the passage of bills or resolutions by either house or to promote or oppose executive approval of such bills or resolutions, shall, in each and every year, before any service is entered upon in promoting or opposing such legislation, file in the office of the secretary of state a writing subscribed by such counsel or agent stating the name or names of the person or persons, firm or firms, corporation or corporations, association or associations, by whom or on whose behalf he is retained or employed, together with a brief description of the legislation in reference to which such service is to be rendered. No notice so filed shall be valid for more than thirty days after the adjournment of the session of the legislature held in the year in which the same is filed. It shall be the duty of the secretary of state to provide a docket to be known as the docket of legislative appearances, with appropriate blanks and indices, and to forthwith enter therein the names of the counsel and agents so retained or employed and of the persons, firms, corporations or associations retaining or employing them, together with a brief description of the legislation in reference to which the service is to be rendered, which docket shall be open to public inspection. Upon the termination of such em

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ployment the fact of such termination, with the date thereof, may be entered by direction of either such counsel or agent or of the employer. No person, firm, corporation or association shall retain or employ any person to promote or oppose legislation for compensation contingent in whole or in part upon the passage or defeat of any legislative measure or measures. No person shall for compensation engage in promoting or opposing legislation except upon appearance entered in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this section. And no person shall accept any such employment or render any such service for compensation contingent upon the passage or defeat of any legislative measure or measures.

It shall be the duty of every person, firm, corporation or association within two months after the adjournment of the legislature to file in the office of the secretary of state an itemized statement verified by the oath of such person, or in case of a firm of a member thereof, or in case of a domestic corporation or association of an officer thereof, or in case of a foreign corporation or association of an officer or agent thereof, showing in detail all expenses paid, incurred or promised directly or indirectly in connection with legislation pending at the last previous session, with the names of the payees and the amount paid to each, including all disbursements paid, incurred or promised to counsel or agents, and also specifying the nature of said legislation and the interest of the person, firm, corporation or association therein. The provisions, however, of this section requiring docket entries shall not apply to duly accredited counsel or agents of counties, cities, towns, villages, public boards and public institutions. And the provisions hereof shall not be construed as affecting professional services in drafting bills or in advising clients and in rendering opinions as to the construction and effect of proposed or pending legislation where such professional service is not otherwise connected with legislative action. Every person, every member of any firm, and every association or corporation violating any provision of this section and every person causing or participating in a violation thereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, in case of an individual, shall be punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary or county jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by both, and, in case of an association or corporation, by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars. And in addition to the penalties hereinbefore imposed any corporation or association failing to file the statement of legislative expenses within the time required shall forfeit to the people of the state the sum of one hundred dollars per day for each day after

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