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CHAPTER I.-An act making an appropriation for the mileage and diem

pay of the members, and per diem pay of the officers and employes of the Seventeenth Legislature.

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SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of sixty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and the same is hereby appropriated, out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of mileage and per diem of the members, and the payment of the per diem of the officers and employes, of the Seventeenth Legislature of the State of Texas.

SEC. 2. The certificate of the secretary of the Senate, approved by the president thereof, or the certificate of the chief clerk of the House, approved by the speaker thereof, shall be sufficient evidence to the comptroller, upon which he shall audit the claims and issue warrantz upon the treasurer for the respective amounts.

Sec. 3. And whereas, the Seventeenth Legislature, for the payment of the officers and members of which this law is enacted, is now in session, and public policy requires their immediate payment, therefore, an emergency existing that this law take effect and be in force from and after its passage; and it is so enacted. Approved January 17, A. D. 1881. Takes effect from and after its

passage.

CHAPTER II.-An act making an appropriation to defray the contin

gent expenses of the Seventeenth Legislature.

WHEREAS, It is of sufficient public importance that the contingent expenses of this Legislature be promptly paid, in order that the material furnished and labor performed may be procured at cash prices:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of twenty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and the same is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to pay the contingent expenses of the Seventeenth Legislature. That, except in the case of accounts for printing done and stationery furnished, the certificate of the chairman of the committee on contingent expenses that an account has been examined and approved by said committee, and countersigned by the president of the senate or the speaker of the House, as the case may be,

shall be sufficient authority to authorize and require the comptroller of public accounts to draw his warrant on the state treasury for the payment of any claim against said fund. The accounts for printing and stationery shall take the course prescribed by the Revised Statutes.

SEC. 2. That the want of an appropriation to pay the contingent expenses of the Seventeenth Legislature creates an imperative public necessity that the rule requiring this bill to be read on three several days in each house should be suspended, and it is so suspended; and this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved January 24, A. D. 1881.
Takes effect from passage.

CHAPTER III.-An act to amend article 435 of the Code of Criminal

Procedure, providing for the transfer of indictments from the district courts to courts having jurisdiction thereof. SECTION 1. Be it enpotea by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That article 435 of the:Revised Code of Criminal Procedure of the State of Texas, adopted by the Sixteenth Legislature, be so amended as hereafter to read as follows:

“Article 435,, :Upon the filing of an indictment in the district court of each county. iridhjs State, which charges an offense over which such court has no jurisdiction, the judge of such court shall immediately, or as soon as convenient; make an order transferring the same to such inferior court as may haye jurisdiction to try the offense therein charged, stating in such order the cause transferred, and to what court transferred.

Approved February 5, A. D. 1881.
Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER IV.-An act to extend the time within which all persons

whose lands have been sold for taxes and bought in by the State, may redeem the same.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That all lands which bave been sold for taxes and bought in by the State shall be restored to the owners of the same, if, within twelve months from the passage of this act, said owners or their agents shall pay to the State the original taxes due thereon and taxes due for each year since said sale, with eight per cent. interest thereon per annum from the date of the accrual of each year's taxes and all costs which have accrued thereon, under such rules and regulations as shall be prescribed by the comptroller of the State.

SEC. 2. Whereas, there are persons whose lands have been sold and are anxious to redeem the same, an emergency exists, and an imperative public necessity demands that the constitutional rule requiring a bill to be read on three several days, be suspended, and that this bill take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 5, A. D. 1881.
Takes effect from passage.

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