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cities. These can be established in co-operation with the municipal governments and upon a fee system, which will entail but a small expenditure by the state. The location of a state free employment bureau in the capitol building is impractical and is of little benefit unless sub-bureaus are maintained in the cities.
I would recommend that more liberality be exercised in providing appropriations for the maintenance of this department. The present extent of the Bureau's appropriations will not permit of the printing of sufficient copies of our quarterly bulletins to supply the great demand. More funds and more clerical force is imperative if the full benefits of the aims and objects of the Bureau are realized. Compulsory publicity of the business affairs and operations of corporations and industrial interests, is the most powerful weapor which the people possess in regulating our large industrial organizations. Adequate legal authority and sufficient facilities in the nature of funds and clerical aid should be supplied the office from which this work is expected. Respectfully submitted.
Deputy Commissioner. To His Excellency,
Governor John H. Mickey.
LABOR LAWS OF NEBRASKA
Chapter 6—Wages Preferred-In Assignments. Section 585. Nothing in this act (regulating assignments) contained shall be construed so as to prevent any debtors from paying or securing to be paid any debt not exceeding the sum of one hundred dollars, for clerks' or servants' wages, or from paying or securing any debt which shall (have) been created within nine months prior to the date of such payment, or securing or to effect any mortgage or security made in good faith to secure any debt or liability created simultaneously with such mortgage or security, provided any such mortgage shall be filed for record in the proper office within thirty days from its date.
Chapter 14a--Examination and Licensing of Plumbers, Section 1501 (As amended by chapter 24, Acts of 1903). In all cities in the State of Nebraska, having a population of more than forty thousand (40,000) inhabitants there shall be a board of the examination of plumbers, of four (4) members, consisting of one member to be known as the chief health officer of the city and one member to be known as the plumbing inspector of the city, one journeyman plumber, and one master plumber, all of whom shall be appointed by the mayor of said city, by and with the consent of the city council; the health officer and plumbing inspector to hold their offices during the term of office of the mayor, and all of whom shall be residents of the city, and the inspector, journeyman and master plumber, shall be licensed plumbers. All vacancies in said board shall be filled by the mayor and council as above. The chief health officer and plumbing inspector, if such office exist in such cities, shall serve without additional compensation; and any of said board may be removed from office for cause, by the district court of the county in which such city is situated, and each of the board shall give bond in the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), conditioned according to law. The term of office of the journeyman and master plumber shall be for one (1) and two (2) years respectively, to be determined by the mayor at the time of appointing them.
Section 1502. The persons who compose the first plumbing board under this act, shall, within ten (10) days after their appointment, meet in their respective city building or place designated by the city council, and organize by the selection of one of their number as chairman, and the plumbing inspector shall be the secretary of said board. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep full, true and correct minutes and
records of all licenses issued by it, together with their kinds and dates, and the names of persons to whom issued, in books to be provided by such city, for that purpose, which books and records shall be, in all business hours, open for free inspection by all persons.
Section 1503. The said board shall have power, and it shall be its duty, to adopt rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the state or the ordinances of the city, for the sanitary construction, alteration and inspection of plumbing and sewage connections and drains placed in, or in connection with, any and every building in such city, in which it shall prescribe the kind and size of material to be used in such plumbing, and the manner in which such work shall be done, which rules and regulations, except such as are adopted for its own convenience only, shall be approved by ordinance by the mayor and council of such city, and the said board shall have power to amend or repeal its said rules and regulations, subject, except such as relate to its own convenience only, to the approval of the mayor and council of such city. The said board shall have power to compel the owner or contractor to first submit the plans and specifications for plumbing that is to be placed in any building or adjoining premises to be first submitted to and approved by said board before they shall be installed in such building or premises.
Section 1504. The board shall fix stạted times and places of meeting, which times shall not be less than once in every two weeks, and may be held oftener upon written call of the chairman of the board, and the board shall adopt rules for the examination, at such times and places, of all persons who desire a license to work at the construction or repairing of plumbing, within the said city.
Section 1505. Any person, not already licensed as herein provided. desiring to do any plumbing, or to work at the business of plumbing in such city, shall make written application to the said board for Examination for a license, which examination shall be made at the next meeting of the board, or at an adjourned meeting, and said board shall examine said applicant as to his practical nowledge of plumbing, house drainage, ventilation, and sanitation, which examination shall be practical as well as theoretical, and if the applicant has shown himself as competent the plumbing board shall cause its chairman and secretary to execute and deliver to the applicant a license authorizing him to do plumbing in such city.
Section 1506. All original licenses may be renewed, and all renewal licenses may be renewed, by the board, at the dates of their expiration. Such renewal licenses shall be granted, without a re-examination, upon the written application of the licensee filed with the board and showing that his purposes and condition remain unchanged, unless it is made to appear by affidavit before the board that the applicant is no longer competent, or entitled to such renewal license, in which event the renewal license shall not be granted until the applicant has undergone the examination hereinbefore required.