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The actual expenses of the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii for its 1927 session were as follows:
This bill will authorize the following: Legislature, senate 15, house 30, total membership 45, at $1,000 --- $45, 000. 00 Mileage at 20 cents per mile (actual total in 1927).
1, 608. 04
46, 608. 04 Plus statutory sums for special session if and when held.
Mr. BINGHAM, from the Committee on Territories and Insular
Affairs, submitted the following
(To accompany H. R. 11051)
The Committee on Territories and Insular Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 11051) to amend section 60 of the act entitled "An act to provide a government for the Territory of Hawaii,” approved April 30, 1900, having considered the same, report favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.
This bill provides a perfecting amendment to section 60 of the Hawaiian organic act relating to the qualifications of electors and voters of the Territory of Hawaii by eliminating the word “male" therefrom. This perfecting amendment is necessary by reason of the passage of H. R. 10198, Mr. Fitzgerald's bill to repeal obsolete statutes and to improve the United States Code, in which section 618, title 48, of the United States Code of Laws is repealed.
The history of this legislation shows that the organic act originally passed for the Territory of Hawaii provided that electors and voters should be "male". By the act of June 13, 1918 (40 Stat. 604), Congress provided that the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii might legislate the extension of the franchise to women. It is this section which is repealed in the Fitzgerald bill. Subsequent to this act of June 13, 1918, the nineteenth amendment was adopted, and being applicable to the Territory, it appears as though section 618 were no longer necessary. In the Supplement III to the Code of Laws of the United States of America, 1929 (title 48, sec. 617), on page 472, is found the following notation:
The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which is in effect in Hawaii (sec. 495 of this title), apparently supersedes the provisions of section 618 of this title, and the word "male" in line 3 of this section.
Because of the inclusion of this word “apparently", it is deemed desirable that the perfecting amendment eliminating the word "male" in section 618, title 48, of the United States Code should be adopted.
The Governor of the Territory of Hawaii expresses his position in the following letter to the Secretary of the Interior:
JANUARY 14, 1930. The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, D. C. DEAR SIR: With reference to my letter of yesterday regarding certain suggested changes in the United States Code, I have had the opportunity of giving this further consideration and have just sent you the following radio, which believe is self-explanatory:
JANUARY 14, 1930. SECRETARY INTERIOR,
Washington, D. C.: Supplementing my radio of yesterday relating to section 618, title 48, United States Code, I suggest that if this section is to be repealed an amendment should be passed at the same time eliminating the word “male," and the words “except as provided in section 618 of this title,” in section 617 of same title.
JUDD, Governor. Yours respectfully,
L. M. JUDD,
Governor of Hawaii. The Department of the Interior is favorably inclined to this bill.
Mr. BINGHAM, from the Committee on Territories and Insular Affairs,
submitted the following
(To accompany H. R. 9707)
The Committee on Territories and Insular Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9707) to authorize the incorporated town of Ketchikan, Alaska, to issue bonds in any sum not to exceed $1,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring public utility properties, and for other purposes, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass, with the following amendments:
On page 2, line 5 (sec. 1), strike out the word "fifty" and insert in lieu thereof the word “thirty".
On page 2, line 21 (sec. 3), strike out the words "a majority” and insert in lieu thereof the words “not less than 65 per centum”.
On page 3, line 5 (sec. 4), strike out the word "fifty" and insert in lieu thereof the word "thirty".
The bill as amended would authorize the town of Ketchikan, Alaska, to issue bonds in amount of $1,000,000 by approval of not less than 65 per cent of the tax-paying electors for the purchase of the local public utilities, consisting of electric light and power, water, and telephone exchange.
A request for this legislation and the reason therefor is embodied in the following resolution of the town council of Ketchikan under date of January 15, 1930:
Be it resolved by the common council of the city of Ketchikan, Alaska: Whereas, under ordinance No. 151 of said city of Ketchikan, the Citizens' Light, Power & Water Co., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Territory of Alaska, was granted the franchise rights of furnishing light and water service to said city of Ketchikan; and
Whereas, under ordinance No. 89, the said Citizens' Light, Power & Water Co., through its successor, J. C. Barber, was granted certain franchise rights governing the telephone service to said city and its citizens; and
Whereas, under section 7 of said franchise No. 151, the said city of Ketchikan has the right after 10 years from the date thereof, to wit, the 10th day of Septem