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Sec. 22. Previous violations may be submitted in evidence, when.Upon the trial of any person for the violation of any provision of this act or of any regulation duly prescribed thereunder, previous and other violations of said act or such regulations may be proved and received in evidence.

Sec. 23. Appropriation.--That there is hereby appropriated, out of any funds in the insular treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, or such part thereof as may be necessary, to be expended under the direction of the secretary of Porto Rico to carry out the provisions of this act and the regulations prescribed thereunder. Laws, 1917, Act No. 13, p. 128.

Sec. 1. Standard loaf of bread. --That a loaf of bread weighing one pound avoirdupois or 453 grams, shall be the standard loaf of bread in Porto Rico.

Sec. 2. Other size loaves, how labeled; variations or tolerances, how established. That any loaf of bread sold or offered for sale in Porto Rico, weighing more or weighing less than the standard loaf of one pound or 453 grams, shall be labeled in plain and intelligible English or Spanish words and figures with its correct weight and the name of its manufacturer: Provided, That the chief of the bureau of weights and measures shall establish reasonable variations or tolerances, as to weight of the loaves appearing on the labels thereof.

Sec. 3. Net weight label to show price of standard loaf, when.- That whenever a loaf of bread is sold or offered for sale, weighing more or weighing less than one pound or 453 grams, the net-weight label of said loaf shall also indicate the price of the standard loaf followed by the words “per pound," and the price of said loaf shall be the same proportional part of the price of the standard loaf as the weight of the loaf in question is of the weight of the standard loaf marked on the label: Provided, That the price per loaf shall not include any fractional part of one cent.

Sec. 4. Penalty.—That any person, firm or corporation who by himself or by his servant or agent violates any of the foregoing provisions of this act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to the same penalties as provided for in the weights and measures act in force in Porto Rico. Laws, 1912, Act No. 36, p. 70.

Sec. 1. Paint, defined.—That the term “paint” within the meaning of this act shall include all materials which are designated for application to the surface of wood, metal, concrete, cement or plaster to produce an ornamental or protective coating.

Sec. 2. Containers of paint to be marked with weight or measure. Each container of paint that shall be sold or exposed or offered for sale in Porto Rico shall show on the outside thereof the name and address of the manufacturer or distributor thereof or of the party for whom it is manufactured and shall show, in the case of paint in paste or semipaste form, the net weight in pounds or fraction thereof, and in the case of liquid paint, the net measure of the contents in gallons or parts thereof; and no paint shall be labeled, branded, marked or advertised in such manner as to deceive or tend to deceive any person as to its nature or composition.

Sec. 3. Violation; penalty.-Any person, firm or corporation who shall knowingly violate the provisions of this act, shall be liable to a fine of from one to fifty dollars for the first offense and of from fifty to one hundred dollars for each subsequent violation. Laws, 1919, Act 60, p. 328.

Sec. 1. Units of electric measure. That the legal units of electric measure as defined and established by the statutes of the United States are the only units of electric measure recognized as legal in Porto Rico.

Sec. 2. Unit measure for gas.-That the standard of unit of measure for the sale of illuminating or heating gas by meter shall be the cubic foot, containing sixty-two and three hundred and twenty-one thousandths pounds, avoirdupois weight, of distilled or rain water, weighed in air, of the temperature of sixty-two degrees Fahrenheit, the barometer registering a pressure of twenty-nine and one-half inches.

Sec. 3. Water, gas, and electric meters to be furnished by corporation; meters to be tested, when.--That every company, corporation, association or individual furnishing gas, electricity or water for public consumption on the basis of measure shall provide the consumer with a meter, free of cost to the said consumer, and shall not put in use any meter unless it has been previously tested and found correct by the bureau of weights and measures, in which office a complete register shall be kept of the origial and subsequent tests made of each meter. If so de ired, the company or person furnishing gas, electric current or water may appoint a representative to attend the test, for which purpose notice in writing shall be given by the bureau of weights and measures as to the day and hour on which said test is to be made.

Where the apparatus is found correct, the bureau of weights and measures shall seal the same and no person shall remove or break the said seal without the authorization of the said bureau.

Sec. 4. Meters in use, to be tested by bureau.--Meters in actual use shall be tested and sealed by the bureau of weights and measures as the needs of the service may permit, and such tests may be also attended by a representative of the company or person furnishing gas, electric current or water: Provided, That after this first test the bureau of weights and measures shall from time to time order other tests.

Sec. 5. Meters in use may be tested on petition.-On written petition of a consumer the bureau of weights and measures may inspect and test any gas, electric or water meter which has been installed or put in service, where it is shown that the said meter has registered, without apparent cause therefor, an excess of twenty-five per cent or more over the normal monthly expense represented by the average for the last six months.

Sec. 6. Inspection service, how organized.--That the executive secretary of Porto Rico is hereby authorizeci to organize, under the jurisdicetion of the bureau of weights and measures, the inspection service required by this act. He shall prescribe and promulgate such rules and regulations as in his judgment may be necessary for the execution of this act. And he shall also establish reasonable specifications to which said instruments shall conform to secure the accuracy of all meters and appliances for measurement.

Sec. 7. Officials to be appointed.--That there shall be appointed by the executive secretary of Porto Rico one chief inspector of gas, electric and water meters, at an annual salary of two thousand dollars, and two assistant inspectors at an annual salary of fourteen hundred dollars each, who shall have charge of and be responsible for the technical part of the service, under the direction of the chief of the bureau of weights and measures. No person shall be eligible to this position unless he holds a diploma of electrician from a recognized school of electricity, or otherwise establishes the necessary competency of his technical knowledge. The execntive secretary shall also appoint a clerk-stenographer at an annual salary of one thousand dollars, who shall have charge of the office work of this service.

Sec. 8. Violation; penalty.--That any person, firm, company or corporation which by itself or by its servant or agent violates the foregoing provisions of this act, or of the rules and regulations prescribed in pursuance thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be fined not less than twenty nor more than one hundred dollars for each violation.

Sec. 9. Salaries and expenses.—That for the purpose of the payment of the salaries of the inspectors and of the clerk-stenographer, and for the purchase of the necessary apparatus and laboratory equipment, as well for traveling expenses and per diems of the inspectors, and for the transportation of equipment, apparatus, etc., and for any other expenses in connection with this service, a sufficient appropriation shall be made in the regular budget for each fiscal year. Penal Code, 1911. Sec. 5928 (a1908). Fraudulently increasing weight or measure; pen

Every person who in putting up in any bale, bag, box, barrel or other package any sugar, tobacco, coffee, rice, or other goods, usually sold in bales, bags, boxes, barrels or other packages, by weight or otherwise, puts in or conceals therein any extraneous substance whatever for the purpose of fraudulently increasing the weight or measurement of such bale, bag, box, barrel or other package with intent thereby to sell the goods therein, or to enable another to sell the same, for more than the actual weight or measurement of such goods, is punishable by fine not less than twenty-five dollars for such offense, or confined in jail for not less than thirty days or by both fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court. Laws, 1923, Act No. 37, p. 246.

Sec. 2. Feeds for domestic animals; weights to be marked.—Every person, manufacturer, importer, warehouseman, or person handling concentrated feeds for domestic animals in Porto Rico, before selling or offering for sale in Porto Rico any concentrated feed for domestic animals, shall stamp or affix to each container the distinctive brand of the product therein contained, the weight of the package, the name and address of the manufacturer,

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Gen. Laws, 1923, ch. 221, p. 862.

Sec. 1 (1893). Standard of weights, measures, and balances established.The weights, measures and balances received from the United States, and now in the custody of the State sealer, and such new weights, measures and balances as shall be received from the United States as standard weights, measures and balances in addition thereto or in renewal thereof, shall be the authorized standards by which all town standards of weights and measures shall be tried, proved and sealed.

Sec. 2 (a1901). State sealer of weights, measures, and balances.There shall be a State sealer of weights, measures, and balances, who shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his duty. At the January session of the general assembly in the year A. D. 1926, and in each fifth year thereafter, the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint some person to succeed the person then holding such office; and the person so appointed shall hold his office until the first day of February in the fifth year after his appointment. Any vacancy which may occur in said office when the senate is not in session shall be filled by the governor until the next session thereof, when he shall, with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint some person to fill such vacancy for the remainder of the term.

Sec. 3 (1893). Duties of the State sealer.—The State sealer shall have the exclusive custody and control of the standards so received by the State from the United States, which standards shall be kept in a suitable fire proof place to be provided by the State. He shall have the oversight of all the standards furnished by the State to the various towns and cities, and shall keep a complete list of the same and shall see that they are kept in good order and repair. He shall also keep the standards belonging to the State, furnished by the United States, in perfect order, and shall keep a complete list of the same, and shall take a receipt for the same from his successor in office. His office shall be kept open at least two specified days in each week. He shall try, prove and seal all town standards of weights, measures and balances brought to him for that purpose, the compensation for which is hereinafter provided.

Sec. 4. Set of standards for towns, when and how furnished; towns and cities to be furnished standards.- The State sealer shall furnish a set of standards of weights, measures and balances, at such cost as he he may deem proper, to each city or town that in his judgment shall not have a suitable set, the same to be paid for by the State on the order of the State auditor on the general treasurer, the said set to consist as follows: one even balance of the capacity not less than one hundred pounds; one brass yard-gauge; five iron dry measures, one each of the following capacities: one-half bushel, one peck, one-half peck, two quarts, and one quart; six iron wine measures, one each of the following capacities: one gallon, one-half gallon, one quart, one pint, one-half pint, and one gill; five iron ring weights, avoirdupois standard, one each as follows: fifty pounds, twenty-five pounds, twenty pounds, ten pounds, and five pounds; ten brass weights, avoirdupois standard, one each as follows: four pounds, two pounds, one pound, eight ounces, four ounces, one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, one-eighth ounce, one-sixteenth ounce; together with a suitable case or cabinet to contain the same. He shall also furnish each town and city, at the expense of the said town or city, a portable even-balance scale, with a set of weights and measures, to be used by the said town or city sealers in the discharge of their duties as hereinafter provided.

Sec. 5. Inspection by the State sealer; record and report thereof.The State sealer may, in the discharge of his duties, inspect the weights, measures and balances of any person or persons, which are used for selling any goods, wares, merchandise or other commodities, or for public weighing in any town or city in this State, and if he finds the same to be inaccurate he shall forthwith inform the mayor of the city or the president of the town council, as the case may be, and such mayor or president shall at once call the attention of the town or city sealer thereto. The State sealer shall keep a record in detail of the towns and cities visited by him in the performance of his duties; of the weights, measures and balances tested and sealed by him; and he shall annually, during the first week in December, make a report to the governor of his doings for

the year.

Sec. 6. Town sealer to send inventory annually to State sealer.—The sealers of the different towns and cities shall make an inventory of weights, measures and balances furnished by the State and the condition of the same, on a blank prepared for that purpose, in the month of October of each year, and shall forward the same to the State sealer of weights and measures.

Sec. 7. Deputy town sealers. The different town councils of the several towns, and the boards of aldermen of cities, may appoint, upon recommendation of their respective town or city sealers, one or more persons as deputy sealers of their town or city, who shall assist the said town or city sealer and, in the absence from duty of such town or city sealer, shall perform all the duties of town or city sealer as may be required of them for the time being.

Sec. 8. Town sealer to take charge of the weights, measures, and bal. ances furnished by the State.-Every town or city sealer shall, at the expense of his town or city, provide therein a suitable place for the safe keeping and preservation of the weights, measures and balances furnished by the State, which shall be used only as standards, and shall not be taken from the office. He shall have the care and oversight thereof; shall see that they are kept in good order and repair; and if any portion of them are lost, damaged, or destroyed, shall, at the expense of the town or city, replace the same by similar weights, measures or balances. He shall procure, at the expense of his town or city, a suitable set of sealing-stamps for stamping dry and wine measures, with the date of the year thereon, and, for coal and wood baskets, a branding-iron, with letters not less than one-half inch high and the date of the year thereon.

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