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a bond with two additional sureties; or a deposit of cash or collateral to the amount of $11,000.

Section 5 of the bill states that bonds, money, or collateral deposited, in accordance with the terms of the bill, with the clerk of the District Supreme Court, are to be held by the clerk to satisfy judgments in traffic suits against the motorists so bonded. If a final judgment against the principal on a surety or real estate bond is not satisfied in 30 days, the bill would permit the judgment creditor to bring an action in the name of the District against the company or persons executing the bond.

Section 6 authorizes issuance of certified records of individuals' driving records by the director to any insurer, person, or surety.

Section 7 authorizes the director to inform any victim of an automobile accident as to the ability of the owner of the car to respond in damages.


Section 7 gives the director authority to enlist the services of the Metropolitan police in securing possession of licenses, registration cards, and license plates from motorists who should surrender these articles under the terms of the bill.

Refusal to return these articles to the director on demand, the eighth section provides, is punishable by a fine of not more than $100, exclusive of any penalties imposed under the traffic acts for the offense which resulted in the order to surrender the licenses.


Section 9 permits the cancellation of bonds and return of insurance certificates, money, or collateral to the person furnishing the same, after three years, provided he has committed no major traffic offense in that period, and provided also that no suit or judgment for damages in a traffic case is pending against him.

The section also allows the return of bonds, etc., to the motorist on receipt of affidavit that he has abandoned his District residence, or has sold his automobile and does not intend to own or operate any automobile in the District for at least a year. Substitution and acceptance of substantial proof of financial responsibility other than that originally furnished also is permitted.

Section 10 exempts from the provisions of the bill persons who by other District laws are required to provide for payment of loss occasioned by injury to or death of persons, or damage to property.

Section 11 provides a penalty for forging or signing wiihout authority any evidence of ability to respond in damages, in connection with the proposed act.

Sections 12 and 13 contain definitions. Section 14 authorizes the director to make necessary rules and regulations to administer the legislation. Section 15 assures that the bill shall not operate to prevent the plaintiff in any action at law from relying for security upon the other processes provided by law.


Section 16 provides for the transfer of the duties and authority of the superintendent of licenses to the director of traffic, in so far as the issuance of automobile license plates and registration cards are concerned.

Section 17 is a saving clause, and section 18 provides that the proposed act shall become effective within 90 days after its passage and approval by the President.


The committee held two public hearings on this proposed legislation. Its provisions were warmly indorsed by representatives of the American Automobile Association, the American Motorists' Association, and numerous individuals. The director of traffic and his assistant also appeared before the committee in support of the bill. The amendments made by the committee were for the purpose

of correcting an error in terminology in the bill, wherein the commissioner of insurance was designated. There is no such official in the District government, the head of the insurance department being the superintendent of insurance.

The committee believes this legislation is highly desirable and most necessary, and represents an intelligent and well-considered effort to make the streets of Washington safe for pedestrians and motorists alike. Similar laws are now in effect in 12 States, and are operating satisfactorily.



JUNE 9, 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. PATTERSON, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted

the following


[To accompany S. 4046)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to which was referred the bill (S. 4046) authorizing the erection, maintenance, and use of a banking house upon the United States military reservation at Fort Lewis, Wash., having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment:

Page 1, line 8, after the word "regulations” insert the words "and conditions and for such term or terms”.

The purpose of the bill is covered by the report from the Acting Secretary of War to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, dated May 12, 1930, which reads as follows:


Washington, May 12, 1930. Hon. DAVID A. REED, Chairman Committee on Military Affairs,

United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR REED: Careful consideration has been given to the bill (S. 4046) authorizing the erection, maintenance, and use of a banking house upon the United States military reservation at Fort Lewis, Wash., which you transmitted to the War Department under date of April 25, 1930, with request for the views of the department relative thereto.

The proposed building would be erected and maintained by the Army National Bank of Fort Lewis, Wash., a duly authorized national bank, under such regulations as the Secretary of War may prescribe, the plans and location being subject to approval by the Secretary of War. After completion it will be used and occupied for conducting therein a general banking business pursuant to its charter and the laws regulating national banks.

The Army National Bank has in the past occupied quarters in a portion of the reservation that is being closed and is a recognized United States depository, being used as such by the finance officer of the post. The continued conduct of the banking business on the reservation will be a great convenience and benefit to the garrison as outside national banking facilities are located in Tacoma, Wash., a distance of 17 miles.

The War Department has no objection to the erection of a bank, but in the absence of legislation for the purpose the Secretary of War is without authority to give approval thereto. The proposed legislation will not require any appropriation of public funds nor involve expense to the United States, and the passage of the legislation is favored.

An identical bill, H. R. 11277, was reported upon by the War Department under date of May 6, 1930, in a letter to the chairman Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, the substance of that report eing the same as is contained in the foregoing Sincerely yours,


Acting Secretary of War. o



JUNE 9 (calendar day, JUNE 10), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. WATERMAN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted

the following


[To accompany H. R. 976)

do pass.

The Committee on the Judiciary, having had under consideration the bill (H. R. 976) providing that subscription charges for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals for official use may be paid for in advance, reports the same to the Senate favorably and recommends that the bill do pass.

The purpose and effect of this legislation are shown by House Report No. 77, Seventy-first Congress, second session, as follows:

The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill H. R. 976, after consideration, report the same favorably and recommend that the bill

This bill was originally introduced by the late Representative Martin B. Madden in the Seventieth Congress and was favorably reported by the Judiciary Committee.

The bill merely permits the payment of subscription charges for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals subscribed for by the Government for official use to be made in advance. It was recommended by Mr. Madden when he was chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, and his letter is printed herewith and made a part of this report and is as follows:


Washington, D. C., March 13, 1928. Hon. GEORGE S. GRAHAM, Chairman Comunittee on the Judiciary,

House of Representatives. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I inclose herewith a copy of H. R. 11989, which was introduced yesterday and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

The purpose of the bill is almost clear from its context. Section 3648 of the Revised Statutes prohibits the advance payment of public money for the procurement of services or supplies. It is the prevailing practice for newspaper and other publishers to require advance payment for subscriptions. The Government departments are not able to do this except in such cases as authority has been given in the annual appropriation acts in connection with the appropriations to make such purchases. The Government should follow the custom

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