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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

To His Excellency, Honorable John H. Mickey, Governor of

Nebraska:

SIR:—in compliance with the provisions of Section 10, Chapter 39b, of the Compiled Statutes of Nebraska, 1903, I have the honor to present for your consideration the Ninth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics.

Very respectfully,

BURRETT Bush,

Deputy Commissioner. Lincoln, Nebraska, June 1, 1905.

Suggested Legislation

SUGGESTED LEGISLATION

Sir:

The following suggestions are prompted by the experience gained in the performance of the duties of this department during the period of my incumbency.

I respectfully request your consideration of them and earnestly urge their recommendation.

Enactment of a law providing for the appointment of additional factory inspectors to make possible · the thorough inspection of all factories. The growth of the manufacturing interests in the state, together with the multiplicity of duties in the Bureau at present, makes the present force entirely inadequate to the demands of factory inspection. This inspection to be for the enforcement of child and female labor laws and for the thorough collection of industrial statistics.

Amend the child labor and female labor laws to provide for the reporting the first of each year, by all employers, of the number of children and females employed by them.

Amending the fire escape law to remedy certain possible weaknesses therein and providing for the installing, by all hotels, hospitals, dormitories and rooming houses of a fire gong system in each room for warning of inmates in case of fire.

Enactment of a law compelling all employers to report to the Bureau of Labor all strikes which may occur in their establishments. This report to be made immediately after the calling of the strike and to give causes thereof and the number of persons involved.

Amend the statute relative to securing information and data from corporations and factories through the medium of blank forms. Broaden the ground which the Bureau may cover in its investigations and provide greater penalties for refusal or neglect to furnish information called for.

Amend the statute relative to duty of assessors. to collect agricultural statistics in such a manner as to compel greater care and diligence in the performance of this duty, and providing penalty for neglect or refusal to collect same.

Enactment of a law authorizing the establishment of state employment bureaus in the business districts of our larger

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