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ciate judges, and report the same to this Convention as soon as practicable.
Mr. Borden moved to amend as follows .
“Strike out from the resolving clause and insert, that the Secretary of State be requested to address a circular to the clerks of the several Circuit Courts in this State, and request from each of them immediate answers to the following questions, viz:
1. How many terms of the Circuit Court and Court of Common Pleas were held in your county during the year 1849; and how many days did each Court sit, naming each Court and term separately?
2. How many chancery cases and civil and criminal causes were on the docket at each term ? How many were tried or otherwise disposed of? How many were appealed from justices of the peace, and how many brought up on certiorari?
3. Probate Courts.—How many terms of the Probate Courts were held in your county in the year 1849, and how many days did it sit at each term ?
4. What was the number cf causes on the Probate Docket during the year, and what the total number of Probate of Wills, and grants of letters testamentary, administrative, and guardianship? What the number of settlements made on the estates of decedents, minors, idiots, and lunatics ? and what the number of petitions for the sale of real estate by executors, administrators, and guardians during the same period?
That the Auditor of State be requested to address a circular letter to each of the County Auditors in this State, and request them to answer the following interrogatories, to-wit:
1. What was the amount allowed during the year 1849, in your county, to the Probate and Associate Judges, out of the county treasury as compensation for their services ?
2. What amount was allowed and chargeable to the county for fees or compensation during said year in said county, to grand and traverse jurors, sheriffs, bailiffs, and other officers for services rendered in the Courts of said county?
That upon receiving the information above requested, the Secretary and Auditor of State be requested to condense and arrange the same and report it to this Convention in a convenient tabular form, adding thereto the whole number of polls and free white male persons over twenty-one years of age, in separate columns in each county, according to the returns made by the County Auditors in June of this year.
Which amendment was accepted by Mr. Cookerly.
Mr. Borden moved to lay the resolution as amended, upon the table;
Which was decided in the affirmative.
Resolved, That the Clerk of the Supreme Court be requested to inform this Convention of the number of causes upon the calendar for argument at each of the terms of said Court, during the year 1949, the number of such causes whose issue bears date in the year 1849, and the number whose issue bears date in each preceding year.
Which resolution was adopted by consent.
Mr. Owen gave notice, that he would on this day week, or some subsequent day, introduce the following resolution :
Resolved, That women hereafter married in this State shall have the right to acquire and possess property, to their sole use and disposal; and that laws shall be passed, securing to them, under equitable conditions, all property, real and personal, whether owned by them before marriage, or acquired afterwards, by purchase, gift, devise or descent, and also providing for the registration of the wife's separate property.
Mr. Borden offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the committee on the plan of business and standing committees,” be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting the following plan for organizing the standing committes of this Convention, viz:
1. The rights and privileges of the citizens and inhabitants of this State.
2. The appointment, election, tenure of office, and compensation of the members of the General Assembly.
3. The powers and duties of the General Assembly, except as to the public debt, and matters otherwise referred.
4. The election, tenure of office, compensation, powers and duties of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
5. The election and appointment of officers of State, other than legislative and judicial, their powers, duties, and compensation.
6. The election and appointment of all county officers, their tenure of office and cornpensation.
7. The judicial departinent of government; the election of judicial officers, their tenure of office and compensation.
8. The power of impeachment, and removal from office. 9. The elective franchise, and the qualifications to vote and hold office.
10. The militia and military officers. 11. The future amendments and revision of the Constitution. 12. The State University, county seminaries, education, common schools, and their appropriate funds.
13. The State Baik, currency and banking. 14. On such parts of the present Constitution as are not otherwise referred.
15. On Corporations other than banking.
16. On lands and internal improvements; public revenue and property; public debt a d the powers and duties of the Legislature in reference thereto, and the restrictions proper to be imposed on the Legislature in making loans of money on the credit of the State.
17. On the organization of county boards, the granting of powers of local legislatio. to them; and the adoption of a uniform mode of doi g county and township business.
18. On reducing to a code such parts of the laws of the State as may be fou d practicable and expedient; and also on reforming the rules and practice of the courts of this State.
19. On the homestead exemption, and on the accumulation, creation, and division of estates i land.
That each committee appointed under the foregoing resolution shall consist of members, except the committee on the judiciary, which shall consist of members.
Mr. Foster moved to lay the resolution on the table,
Mr. Borden moved to refer the resolution to the committee on the plan of business, and the number and functions of the differeut committees.
Which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Miller of Fulton moved a reconsideration of the vote just taken;
Which was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Borden renewed his motion to refer the resolution to the committee on the plan of business, and the number and functions of the different committees.
Which was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Edmonston gave notice that he would, on Monday next, or some subsequent day, introduce a resolution instructing the committee on legislatio i to prepare a provision in the Constitution providing for biennial sessions of the Legislature, instead of annual sessions.
Mr. Kent gave notice that on Tuesday next, he would introduce a resolution instructing the committee on education to insert a provision in the Constitution that at the expiratio i of the charter of the State Ba k of Indiana, the fund set apart in the 114th section of said charter as a permanent fund to be appropriated to the cause of common school education, shall be divided in the proportion of the taxable polls among the counties of the State.
Mr. Hardin offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That when the Convention adjourns this morning it will adjourn until two o'clock to-morrow.
Mr. May moved to amend by striking out “ two o clock,” and insert“ nine o'clock, A. M."
Which was decided in the negative.
Mr. Tague gave notice that he would, on Monday next introduce a resolution requiring a provision to be inserted in the Constitution, providing for triennial sessions of the Legislature instead of annual, as now provided for.
Mr. Miller of Gibson moved to adjourn,
Resolved, That a select committee, to consist of seven members, be appointed by the President to inquire into the expediency of abolishing capital punishment by constitutional provision, and that they report the result of their deliberations to this Convention.
Mr. Cookerly moved to lay the resolution on the table; Which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Moore offered the following resolution: Resolved, That there shall be a provision in the Constitution proo hibiting free blacks from immigrating into this State:
2. That the pay of the members of the Legislature be fixed at $2 per diem for the first six weeks, and $1 per diem for any length of time thereafter;
3. That no officer shall be elected or appointed for a longer time than four years;
4. That clerks, auditors, treasurers, and sheriffs shall be ineligible to more than two terms in succession;
5. That the technicalities and special pleadings in our courts of justice be abolished;
6. That the funds arising from the sale of all our public works, water rents, &c., be sacredly applied to the liquidation of the State debt;
7. That the grand jury system be abolished; 8. That all elections shall be by viva voce, 9. That our general elections be held on the first Monday in October;
10. That no man shall hold more than one office of trust and profit at the same time.
Which was laid on the table by consent.
Mr. Morrison of Marion gave notice that, on Monday next, or si some convenient day thereafter, he would introduce a resolution inquiring into the necessity of so amending the Constitution of this State, as to allow an additional amount of banking capital, and providing that such a system of banking may be creatod as will allow a healthy competition in banking, establish a safe, correct, and judicious general banking law, under which all banking operations shall herafter be managed in the State.
On motion of Mr. Robinson,
Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Kilgore for ten days.
Mr. Foster gave notice, that on Wednesday next, or some subsequent day, he would introduce a resolution to amend our present State Constitution, so that ftnes heretofore appropriated for the use of county seminaries, should be appropriated for the use of common schools in the different townships where such fines are assessed and collected.
On motion of Mr. Wolfe, The Convention adjourned until to-morrow two o'clock, P. M.
FRIDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 11, 1850.
The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Cooper.
Resolved, Thąt the committee on be instructed to report a section requiring that each General Assembly shall provide for all the appropriations necessary for the ordinary contingent expenses of the government until the next regular session, the aggregate amount of which shall not exceed the amount of revenue authorized by law to be caised in such time : Provided, The State may, to meet casual deficits in the revenues, contract debts never to exceed fifty thousand dollars; and the moneys thus borrowed, shall be applied to the purpose for which they were obtained, and to no other purpose; and no other debt, except for the purpose of repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, or defending the State in war, shall be contracted, unless the law authorizing the same shall, at a general election, have been submitted to the people, and have received a majority of all the votes cast for members of the General Assembly at such election. The General Assembly shall provide for the publication of said law for three months at least before the vote of the people shall be taken upon the same, and provision shall be made at the time for the payment of interest annually as it shall accrue, by a tax levied for the purpose, and the law levying the tax shall be submitted to the people with the law authorizing the debt to be contracted. Which resolution was laid on the table by consent.