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45th General Assembly, 1887-1888

45th Tennessee General Assembly

45th Tennessee General Assembly

African American Legislators and Committee Assignments

 

Bills introduced by Monroe W. Gooden

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 360 1-25-1887 To pay witnesses in state law cases for their mileage. Passed first and second reading, referred to Finance Committee, which tabled the bill.
HB 765 1-26-1887 To make it a misdemeanor for candidates to be present at the counting of ballots. Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; no further action on bill.

Bills introduced by Styles L. Hutchins

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 33 1-10-1887 To amend the law regulating contracts between attorneys and clients Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; rejected on third reading.
HB 34 1-10-1887 To prohibit a practicing attorney from becoming security for litigants in lawsuits or from being charged with a violation of the law. Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; rejected on third reading.
HB 136 1-12-1887 To repeal the poll tax in Hamilton County. Adopted 3-23-1887.
HB 413 1-28-1887 To prevent persons convicted of crimes in other states from testifying in Tennessee courts Adopted by a vote of 72-4.
HB 447 2-9-1887 To regulate convicts, guards, and county workhouses. Passed first and second reading, referred to Committee on Penitentiary; no further action
HR 108 2-9-1887 To place Mr. McElwee on the committee to visit charitable institutions. Withdrawn by sponsor.
HR 159 3-8-1887 To reduce the state debt through the sale of railroad bonds. Withdrawn by sponsor
HB 868 3-15-1887 To stipulate who may have a lien on the offspring of an animal kept for public use. Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; no further action on bill.

Bills introduced by Samuel McElwee

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 5 1-7-1887 To prevent and punish mob violence. Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; called as Special Order; after a legendary speech by McElwee, a substitute bill was offered and approved; a motion to table both the bill and the substitute prevailed by a vote of 41-36.
HB 6 1-7-1887 To regulate the descent and distribution of estates in cases involving former slaves and their children, whether born in Tennessee or elsewhere. Passed first and second reading; replaced by a substitute bill with slightly different wording (also offered by McElwee); passed third reading – adopted and engrossed 2-24-1887.
HR 9 1-7-1887 To pay the Sergeant-at-Arms for his services. Taken up under suspension of rules and adopted 1-7-1887.
HR 10 1-7-1887 To furnish each member with $5 worth of stamps Adopted by a vote of 51-39
HJR 33 1-10-1887 To join in commending the “World’s Exposition held by the colored people of the United States, at Birmingham, Alabama” from September 1887 to January 1888. Adopted 1-12-1887.
HR 37 1-11-1887 To direct the clerk to prepare a calendar. Adopted 1-18-1887.
HB 206 1-18-1887 To add language to Section 2490 of the Code: “provided that the person so disposing of the property shall pay the cost of the suit.” Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which recommended it for passage; no further action on the bill.
HJR 83 1-24-1887 To direct the Trustees of the University of Tennessee to pay the tuition of African American cadets (appointed by the legislature) who will attend Fisk University and Knoxville College. Referred to the Committee on Education & Common Schools, who recommended rejection – adopted March 14; received Senate concurrence March 19; enrolled March 19, 1887
HR 126 2-16-1887 To thank the Alliance Club for a concert. Adopted 2-18-1887.

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