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ing a safe port of refuge during the entire year to all vessels, could be constructed at the Bay of Santa Barbara at a much smaller outlay than at any other point; and, whereas, the necessary rock and material for such construction can be obtained upon public lands, within two or three miles from tide-water, at no further cost than the expense of excavating and hauling; that Santa Barbara has become a health resort, recommended by physicians for invalids from all parts of the United States; that the city has a population of six thousand inhabitants, and the county a population of some fifteen thousand, which is rapidly increasing; that it has no other means of communication with the outside world than by steamer, and there is no facility nor safety in landing; that no government aid has been granted for public improvement at this locality; therefore,
Resolved by the Assembly, and the Senate concurring, That our AppropriaSenators in Congress be instructed, and our Representatives tion asked, requested, to use their influence to procure an appropriation for the erection of a sea-wall or breakwater in the Bay of Santa Barbara, State of California, and that the Governor of this State be requested to transmit a copy of this resolution to each of our Senators and Representatives, with a request that they take speedy action in the matter.
CHAP. L.- Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 67, relative to a
weekly mail route from the county seat of Fresno, and via Liberty, to Waltham Cañon, in Fresno County.
[Adopted March 22, 1878.]
Resolved, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and Mail service our Representatives requested, to use their efforts to procure presne and the establishment of a weekly mail route from the county Waltham seat of Fresno, via Liberty, to Waltham Cañon, in Fresno Canyon. County.
Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
CHAP. LI.-Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 77.
[Adopted April 1, 1878.] Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That the Governor to present Governor be requested to prepare, or cause to be prepare prepared, for the information of the Legislature at its next
session, a statement of the unpaid indebtedness of the several swamp land districts organized by the State Board of Swamp Land Commissioners, the available assets of such districts, and his recommendations in regard to the proper method of paying such indebtedness.
CHAP. LII.-Senate Joint Resolution No. 13.
Preamble concerning time to elapse between election and meeting of Presidential Electors.
[Adopted April 1, 1878.] WHEREAS, It is provided by the Constitution of the United
States that “each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct,” the Presidential Electors, and under said provision it devolves upon the Legislature to provide not only for the manner of voting for such Electors and the counting of the votes, but also for the judicial determination of all controversies and contests arising in reference thereto; and, whereas, under the existing laws of the State no provision is made for determining such controversies and contests; and, whereas, it is expedient and necessary that this omission should be supplied, and provisions be made by law for the judicial determination of all such controversies and contests; and, whereas, the Congress of the United States, under the powers conferred upon it by the Constitution, has fixed the Tuesday after the first Monday in November as the day for the election of Presidential Electors, and the first Wednesday in December following as the day for the Electors to meet and cast their votes for President; and, whereas, the period elapsing between the days thus fixed is too short to admit of any judicial determination of controversies and contests arising as to the election of such Electors, and the Legislature is thereby prevented from exercising its undoubted jurisdiction in the premises; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of the State of California, That our Senators be instructed, and our Representatives in Congress requested, to use all means in their power to secure such amendment of the law as to provide for the lapse of at least five months between the day fixed for choosing Electors and the day fixed for the casting of their votes for President, and that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
Provision asked for.
CHAP. LIII.-Senate Joint Resolution No. 50.
[Adopted March 30, 1878.] WHEREAS, By the provisions of the internal revenue laws of Preamble the United States savings banks having a capital stock, saving
concerning although paying more than the prescribed dividend of banks. four and one-half per cent. per annum to their depositors, are excluded from the privilege of exemption from the tax on deposits, for deposits not exceeding two thousand dollars, if said savings banks are paying more than eight per cent. per annum to their stockholders; and, whereas, in California the standard of interest exceeds considerably said limit of four and one-half per cent. per annum, and depositors obtain much higher dividends, to wit, from seven and a half to ten per cent. per annum, and no savings banks could be patronized or exist in this State unless paying such higher dividends, whilst obviously no guarantee funds could be obtained without paying dividends thereon exceeding eight per cent. per annum—that is, exceeding the average rate paid to the funds intended to be guaranteed; and, whereas, by reason thereof the savings banks having a guarantee fund for depositors called “capital stock,” in California, are made to pay nearly the entire amount of tax paid by such banks in the United States, to wit: $149,033 08 out of a total of $161,148 40, according to the report of the Hon. Commissioner of Internal Revenue for 1877, which fact establishes an extraordinary and oppressive discrimination against depositors in such savings banks in the State of California, from whose earnings almost the entire tax in the United States is taken; therefore,
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That our Repeal of Senators be instructed, and our Representatives requested, contain were to use all means in their power to secure the passage of an asked for. Act of Congress repealing such parts of said revenue laws as create a distinction between the taxation upon the deposits in savings banks having a capital stock, and upon those in savings banks having none.
Resolved, That the Governor of this State be requested to forward to each of our Senators and Representatives a copy of this preamble and of this resolution.
CHAP. LIV.- Assembly Joint Resolution No. 73.
[Adopted March 30, 1878.] Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate Payment of concurring, First, that our Senators be instructed, and our Representatives requested, to urge upon Congress the imme
Indian war bonds.
diate payment of all bonds, coupons, and certificates of coupons issued by the State of California for expenses incurred in the Indian wars, which have not been paid by the General Government; second, that his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to cause a statement of all such bonds, certificates, and coupons, and of the circumstances connected therewith, to be prepared by the Controller, and upon such statement being prepared, to cause an application to be made to Congress, in the name of the State of California, for the payment of said bonds, coupons, and certificates; third, and that he forward a copy of these resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
CHAP. LV.-Senate Joint Resolution No. 54.
San Pablo and Suisun Bays.
[Adopted March 26, 1878.] Re-survey of Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That our in Subtn Senators in Congress are hereby instructed, and our Repre
sentatives requested, to use their efforts to have a re-survey made of San Pablo and Suisun Bays by the Government of the United States.
Resolved, That the Governor is hereby requested to have copies of this transmitted to our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
CHAP. LVI.–Senate Joint Resolution No. 59.
[Adopted March 30, 1878.]
Restoration of J. B. Col
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That our lins to for: Senators be instructed, and our Representatives in Congress mer position requested, to use their best efforts to procure the passage of
such Act or Acts, as are now pending before Congress, as will result in the restoration of Major and Brevet Colonel Joseph B. Collins to his former position in the Army of the United States.
Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor of California, be requested to forward a copy of these resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
CHAP. LVII.-Senate Joint Resolution No. 57.
[Adopted March 28, 1878.] WHEREAS, The California Rifle Team in the Inter-State Preumblo
Rifle Match at Ceedmoor, in the year 1877, met and expeersebut defeated the selected marksmen of the United States there Internaassembled ; and, whereas, in that contest the Rifle Team Team paid their own expenses, and not only received no aid from the State it represented, but has obtained no official acknowledgment of the skill there exhibited; and, whereas, it has been proposed to have, at the approaching Paris Exhibition, an International Rifle Match, and the United States should be represented at such contest, through her most skilled marksmen, and provision should be made therefor, and the possibility of our being unrepresented should not be incurred by a failure of the United States Government to provide for the same; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That our appropriaSenators and Representatives be requested to secure some for adequate appropriation from the Federal Government to pay the expenses of a Rifle Team, to be selected from the regular Army of the United States, and the National Guard of the several States, which shall attend said international contest at Paris as the representatives of the United States.
Resolved, That the Governor be and he is hereby requested to transmit copies of this resolution to our Senators and Representatives in Congress.