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6 I 23 H.B. H.B. 172 S. B. 48 H. B. H.B. 8 S. B. 11 H. B. H. B. H. B. S. B. S.B, f 8.B. | S.B. 205 | 207 NAME AND COUNTY H.B. H. B. H. B. H.B. 28 S. B. 64 H. B. H. B. 298 116 219 139 189 295 408 99 98 72 4 55 RAVALLI COUNTY Sen. Harry T. Martin Rep. Stanley Antrim Rep. H. H. Longenecher RICHLAND COUNTY Sen. R. S. Nutt Rep. Roy D. Collins ROSEBUD COUNTY Sen. G. G. Davis Rep. G. D. Stewart ROOSEVELT COUNTY Sen. Arlie M. Foor Rep. A. T. Listug Rep. John Zuck SANDERS COUNTY Sen. A. A. Alvord Rep. H. O. Ekern SHERIDAN COUNTY Sen. Lars Angvick Rep. P. C. Peterson Rep. R. G. Tyler SILVER BOW COUNTY Sen. M. J. Mulholland Rep. Mrs. Minnie Beadle Rep. Robert C. Brown Rep. Paul Cannon Rep. Walter Freshman Rep. Phil. C. Goodwin Rep. Mike Loughran Rep. Denis McCarthy Rep. Thos. Ryan Rep. Sam Spiegel Rep. Frank K. Sullivan STILLWATER COUNTY Sen. S. C. Arnold Rep. J. H. Leuthold SWEETGRASS COUNTY Sen. F. M. Lamp Rep. Ben B. Miles TETON COUNTY' Sen. Dr. H. W. Bateman Rep. Harry Laubach TOOLE COUNTY Sen. Geo. W. Wilson Rep. E. J. Byrne TREASURE COUNTY Sen. A. J. Plumer Rep. D. M. Manning VALLEY COUNTY Sen. Geo. Ruffcorn Rep. Jasper DeDobbeleer Rep. Paul Friedl WHEATLAND COUNTY Sen. E. F. McQuitty Rep. L. W. Clark WIBAUX COUNTY Sen. W. L. Hammond Rep. Clem Parker YELLOWSTONE COUNTY Sen. Tom Burke Rep. R. H. Gebhardt Rep. Grant Hammond Rep. Melvin Hoiness Rep. A. E. McFatridge Rep. C. J. Williams N N A A A A A A A A N A X N X N A N A N A X N N N . A A A X A I X N N N A N N A N A N N A N A A A N A N N N A N A A N A A N N A I N I A N A A N I A A N A A A X A A A A I A A A N A N N A N A N A A N A X A X N X X A N A A N N N A N N A N A N A N A X N I A N N ~N A A I A i A A N A N N I A A A A N A A A A N I A A N X N I A N X X N A N A N Pr. 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A I A 1 I I N I A I A I A j A I A A HOUSE A A N SENATE A GOOD, BAD, INDIFFERENT LEGISLATIVE RECORDS This box score is made up of a list of progressive measures which were acted on by the House and Senate of the Twenty sixth Legislative Session (1939). The measures contained in the score were agreed upon by lobbyists acting in behalf of unions affiliated with the Montana State Federation of Labor, the State Industrial Council (CIO), the Railroad Brotherhoods and the Farmers Union. Fifteen of the most important meas ures were taken for the House score and 10 for the Senate. At the bottom of the column is a yard stick which shows how they should have voted. Compare this with the vote of your Senator or Representative, and draw your own conclusions. H. B. 408 by Spiegel and Baker A bill relating to the natural gas distributors and transporters license Delving into this, one of the tax. greatest of Montana's natural re sources, it was found that the present tax of three-eights of 1% was ridicu lously low In comparison with that levied in other states, taking into con sidération that the consumer pays as high as 45 to 60 cents per thousand cubic feet for this same gas after its tremendous expansion. It was found that there was also an astonishing amount of gas imported Into the state from Canada, and millions of cubic feet of Montana gas exported into other states on which no tax was paid. This bill was designed to cover the deficiencies of the present law and would have brought into the state coffers an amount conservatively esti mated at $400,000.00 per year. A vote for the bill would have aided in con serving Montana's resources and have provided much needed funds for the relief of needy citizens In distress. A vote against the bill was a vote in favor of the present system of looting the state by grasping and greedy cor porations. The vote was taken on the motion to adopt the minority report of the committee on Revenue and Tax ation to place the bill on General Orders for consideration. H. B. 295 by McLeod, Murray and Anderson (Cascade) A bill to raise the tax on electrical energy from the present 1% to 2%. The additional 1% would have raised approximately $160,000.00. had been killed on an adverse report of the committee on Revenue and Tax ation. A motion was made to recon sider that action and was followed by a motion to table the reconsideration. Those voting "AYE" were trying to kill the bill, while those voting "NO" were attempting to save it. The bill H. B. 219 by Spiegel and McGee A bill levying a tax of 10 cents per ton on the million and a quarter tons of coal mined by strip mining methods in Rosebud county by the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, had been killed in the Committee of the Whole and the roll call was taken motion to segregate it from the The bill on a committee report, in an effort to save it. Those voting "AYE" were for the bill, while those voting "NO" were against it. H. B. 172 by Spiegel, Ryan, Cannon and Murray Creating the Montana Labor Rela tions Board and prescribing Its duties. The enactment of this bill Into law would have undoubtedly had the effect of settling labor disputes with less loss of wages, etc., than under the present system of strikes, lockouts, violence and court actions. The bill had been bitterly fought at a public hearing, at which were represented hundreds of employers In proxy or In person. In fact excursions were run by the various railroads for the pur pose of presenting the employers argu ments against the bill. After a lengthy hearing, the bill was entirely re vamped to meet the objections which were presented. So determined were the reactionaries to defeat this bill, that a motion to print the revamped bill was barely defeated 62 to 41. However the bill was killed In the Committee of the Whole, and the roll call was taken on the motion to segre gate from the committee's report. Those voting "AYE" were for the bill. In the Senate a similar bill was intro duced by Senators Mulholland and Murphy as S. B. 48. The vote was taken on the motion to adopt the mi nority report of the Committee on Labor and Capital which recommend ed the adoption of the bill, voting "AYE" were for the bill, while those voting "NO" were against It. H. B. 139 by Murray An act permitting state employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employer. The bill was bit terly fought In a packed Labor Com mittee of the House and came out with a split report from that commit tee. The vote came on the motion to adopt the majority report which rec ommended non-passage. Those voting "AYE" were against the bill and those voting "NO" were for the bill. H. B. 99 by Murray, McGee and Malee An act providing further exemptions in garnishee actions. The passage of the bill would have given wage earn who had been fortunate enough to obtain a Job after a protracted period of Idleness, a breathing spell from their creditors. The vote was taken on a motion to adopt the adverse re port of the Judiciary Committee. Those voting "AYE" were against the Those era bill, while those voting "NO" were for the bill. H. B. 98 by Brown, McGee and Hess This was the Welfare Act which had been sponsored by the Labor Un ions of the state. It contained all the amendments proposed by the 1 various Welfare organizations In the several counties and had been prepared after careful study of the entire Welfare situation. It would have provided for a sufficient appropriation to take care of all the needy In a manner compati ble with health, decency and self re spect. The vote was taken on a sub stitute motion to print and place on General Orders. Those voting "AYE" had the interest of the needy at heart, while those voting "NO" were in favor of allowing them to starve. H. B. 72 An act relating to who may petition for a Referendum or Inifiative. The act placed limitations upon those who desired to circulate petitions, making It increasingly difficult to protest against acts of the Legislative body or to initiate desirable new legislation. It Is a clear abridgment of the rights of petition. Those voting "NO" were for continuing our present system of democratic government. H. B. 55 by Brown and McCarthy Relating to the hours of labor for The vote was underground miners, taken on the report of the minority of the Mines and Mining Committee, that the bill "do pass." Those voting "AYE" were for the limiting of the hours of labor of these workers to eight hours. Those voting "NO," were tor killing the bll). H. B. 28 by the Committee on Labor, Wage and Hour Bill The Labor Committee recommended the bill for passage, and a motion to that effect was made by Spiegel, chairman of the committee. The mi nority floor leader, Hoiness, moved that the bill be Indefinitely postponed, and a roll call was demanded on that motion. (or killing the bill, while those voting "NO" were attempting to save the bill. The same bill was introduced in the Senate as S. B. 64. The vote here was taken on the substitute motion that the minority report of the com mittee on labor be adopted, voting "NO" were against the bill. H. B. 8 by Spiegel and McLain Repealing Plan No. 2 of the Work man's Compensation Act (insurance company plan), the bill was killed was klled In the committee of the whole. The roll call was on Spiegel's motion to segregate the bill from the com mittee's report in an effort to save It. Those voting "AYE" were for repeal ing plan No. 2, those voting "NO" were for the present system of sand bagging insured workmen by insur ance companies. The same bill was introduced in the Senate as S. B. 11. The committee recommended that the bill do not pass. Those voting "AYE" voted to kill the bill, while those vot ing "NO" were for saving It. H. B. 298 by Stevens State Sales Tax Committee recom Those voting "AYE" were Those mended bll do not pass. The roll call came on the motion to print and place on general orders. "AYE" were In favor of a sales tax, those voting "NO" were against the bin. Those voting S. B. 5 by Mahoney Repeal of the obnoxious Hitler Bill. As originally introduced, it was to take effect Immediately upon its pas sage and approval. The Senate saw fit to amend it to take effect January 1, 1941. In the House Spiegel pre sented an amendment to make the act take effect on Its passage and ap proval. The House concurred In Spiegel's amendment. Those voting "AYE" were for repeal at once. Those voting "NO" were for repeal in 1941 or no repeal at all. In the Senate the vote was on the motion not to concur In the House amendment. Those voting "AYE" were against the repeal of the Hitler Bill, those voting "NO" were in favor of the repeal at once. The republican Senators evi dently forgot their platform plank which dealt with this subject. S. B. 23 by Mulholland and Pauline Eight hour day for truck drivers. Roll call was taken in the senate on third reading. Those voting "AYE" were for the bill, those voting "NO" were against the bill. In the house the bill was killed in the commlttee of the whole and the vote was taken on the motion to segregate from the committee's report in order to save the bill. Those voting "AYE ' were for the bill, those voting "NO" were against it. Senate Substitute for H. B. 115 An act relating to the granting of Relief and Mortgage foreclosures (Moratorium Bill). The vote In the Senate is on the final passage of the bill. Those voting "AYE" were for the bill, those voting "NO" were against it. In the House the vote Is also on the final passage of the bill. Those voting "AYE" were In favor of It, those voting "NO" were against it. S. B. 189 by Martin To provide the electorate of the state with understandable Information as to the way members of the legis lative assembly voted. The roll call was taken on the motion to segregate from the committee of the whole's re port after the bill had been killed in the committee. Those voting "AYE" were for the bill, those voting "NO" were against the bill. S. B. 205 by Mulholland, Swertelle, Alvord and Murphy An act to prohibit employers from Interfering with the rights of their employees to organize Into labor or ganizations. The bill was Indefinitely postponed in committee of the whole of the Senate. The vote Is on a mo tion to segregate from the commit tee's report In an attempt to save the bill. Those voting "AYE" are for the bill, those voting "NO" are against the bill. ' S. B. 207 by Burke Loan Shark Bill, limiting the maxi mum rate of Interest and providing for supervision by the State Banking Department, were for the bill, those voting "NO" Those voting "AYE" were against It. S. B. 4 by Montgomery An act relating to the rate of in terest on debts, and limiting same to eight percent per annum, was killed in committee of the whole, and the vote was on the motion to segregate the bill from the commit tee's report In an effort to save It. Those voting "AYE" were for the bill, and those voting "NO" were for the present system of gouging the unfor tunate debtor. The bill In justice to Senators Kathan, Cot ter, Chapman, Arnold and Calder, It should be mentioned that they were members of the Senate committee which investigated the Liquor Control Board, and that this investigation con sumed most of their time for almost 50 days of the session. SOGIALISTS NAME ELECTORS FOR PRES. The Socialists of Montana held their convention Tuesday In the Labor hall, Helena, a large and harmonious num ber of delegates were present from throughout the state. The following were nominated as S. McKean, McCone county farmer of Circle; William J. Paterson, carpenter of Great Falls; Mrs. Phyllis Porter of Whiteflsh, and Harry C. Schneider, railway trainman of Whiteflsh. Laverne Hamilton of Roundup was nominated for congressman in the second district. Hamilton is both a coal miner and farmer, he Is a mem ber of the Farm Holiday Association. The delegates reaffirmed their- alle giance to the principles of Socialism and pledged themselves to work for the complete abolition of capitalism, realizing that a complete collapse of the economic system Is Imminent. The following was proposed as Im mediate farm relief measures: 1. That the burden of taxes be shifted from farms and homes to In comes, inheritances, non-resident ex cess profits, etc., such taxes to be col lected by the Federal government and distributed for school and other pur poses. 2. That the Federal government take over all debts on farms, operated by working owners, and reduce the in terest rates to the actual carrying charges. 3. That existing bona fide co-opera tive and federal and state marketing agencies and farmers' and consumers' co-operative societies be encouraged by government finance to take over the processing and distribution of farm products with the view of elimi nating the exploitation of the farmer. 4. We propose that the farm prices be stabilized In proportion to the products of industry by representa tives of agriculture and consumers. In all cases, farm representatives should be selected by the working farmer. 5. That insurance against adverse weather conditions and catastrophes be provided. Communist Party Holds Convention Names Candidates Declaring that the main Issue In the 1940 election campaign Is to "Keep America Out of War," the state nomi nating convention of the Communist party selected Its four presidential electors, Its delegation to the natlon al nominating convention of the Com munist party, Its state ticket and made Its preparations for the ensuing campaign. The sessions were held at the Placer hotel In Helena on May 21. The delegation to the national con vention, which was held in New York city from May 31st to June 2nd, was Instructed to nominate Earl Browder and James W. Ford, the 1936 stand ard-bearers, for president and vice president respectively. The certifi cate of nomination of the presidential electors was filed with the secretary of state at the state capitol. The presidential electors are: Roscoe N. Richards of Sanders county, Mac A. Whitten of Yellowstone county, Daniel Devine of Missoula county, and Wil liam Ensign of Mineral county. The certification also included the names of Browder and Ford as the presiden tial ticket. The state slate was headed by Arvo Fredrickson, a Bute miner, as can didate for governor, and Wayne Mus tonen, a Valley county farmer, as candidate for lieutenant governor. In accordance with the state laws the candidates for state office will not be filed until September. Only One Way (Centlnued From Paire One) sheet; and number two like the "Pink Reporter"? No. You're wrong, number one Is form an editorial In the Saturday Eve ning Post of April 6, 1940; while the other is from that vigorous salesman for Big Business: the weekly "TIME" of March 11th. Of course they are Just stating In TIME some inside facts about U. S. finance; but how do they expect to keep our heads swathed In that all Important sucker anesthetic, "Confidence" If they spit out such vituperative indictments of the Price System. That quotation from the S. E. P. In trigues me more because It shows the one-eyed (cock-eyed) viewpoint of Price System apologists, especially since they go on to plead that this downward trend can be reversed by allowing unrestricted business com petition etc., etc., a complete return to Laissez-faire, theirs Is wearing a dollar-barred lense, set in a horned business frame and their approach Is badly blurred and narrowed by such Price System con ditioning. The whole trouble is with their ap proach, which Is "what can we do to help industry and agriculture, as busi nesses?" While It should be "what That cockeye of do we need to satisfy the consuming capacity of every person of our popu lation?" From this last angle the an swers are based on ordinary horse sense: We have the resources, the power and the equipment to fill that con suming capacity. WELL? 6. That national, regional and state land utilization boards on which work ing farmers have representation be formed for the purpose of discover ing the best uses of the farming land of the country in view of the Joint needs of agriculture, industry, recre ation, water supply, reforestation, and so forth, and to prepare the way for agricultural planning on a national and ultimately on a world scale. The convention adjourned to meet In Helena the first Sunday after the primary election to nominate a com plete state ticket. SUBSCRIBE TODAY TO THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Co-operatively Owned and Controlled by the Organized Farmers and Organized Labor of Montana—Free of All Indebtedness. NO ADVERTISER AND NO SPECIAL INTEREST CAN INFLUENCE OUR EDITORIAL POLICY Read the Truth About Conditions in the State FILL OUT THE COUPON BELOW AND ENCLOSE YOUR PAYMENT TODAY. $1.00 Per Year PEOPLE'S VOICE PUBLISHING CO. BOX 838 HELENA, MONTANA Enclosed is $ in payment of years subscription to The People's Voice. Name Address Page GREAT FALLS L.N.P.L.ACTS ON LEGISLATION Strong sentiment against repeal or revision of the Johnson act, which prevents extension of credit to those countries who defaulted on their World war debt payments to the United States was expressed by the Cascade county unit of Labor's Non Partisan League at Its last regular meeting, held at Great Falls. Messages to this effect were directed sent to the Montana congressional delegation. "The League feels that If this act should be repealed or revised and credit again extended to the countries involved, it would only be another step leading our country to war," said William Davey, chairman. Support for the Wheeler-Jones farm debt adjustment bill, which is spon sored by the Farmers Union, and for the Immediate passage of the anti lynch bill were also voted by the League In Cascade county. At the meeting a report was made by a committee which Is Interviewing candidates In the coming elections with the aim of endorsing those whose programs coincide with those of the organization. No endorsements have been made as yet, according to Mr. Davey. Machines can be developed to the fullest capacity to relieve much more toll than they now do. WELL? In order to distribute the ABUND ANCE we are capable of producing our Price System and Political con trols are entirely Inadequate; being based on "Value and Price," which ABUNDANCE destroys the Price System and Politics are DOOMED. WELL? Crime and gambling are an Inher ent part of a Price System set up and must go before an effective dls tributoln plan can operate. They are DOOMED. WELL? Politics with Its Inefficiency and waste, Its corruption and Incompet ence must be supplanted In this me chanized power age by scientific en gineering controls, the one aim of which Is efficiency and quality of production. WELL? Every child should be educated for the job of his choice. WELL? There are a sufficient number of Jobs In this country to satisfy the most fastidious; all should work. WELL? Freedom of belief, speech, religion, home, and personal activities, accord ing to one's desire (subject only to the minimum—less than at present— of regulation, which welfare of all re quires) should be accorded to all. WELL? We should all have a voice in the kinds, quality and styles of goods of fered In the markets. WELL? HOW? We will be on our way the very moment we pull our heads out of the sand of our Price System con ditioning; then approach our prob lems with that last method of ap proach: "What do we need to satisfy the consuming capacity of every person of our population?" This is clearly a technical engineer ing and functional problem. There is only one approach possible to such a problem and that Is THE SCIEN TIFIC APPROACH. Then with the help of the scientist, the engineer and the technician we can accomplish a close approximation to all the above outlined needs. Personally I am certain of the In evitability of this outcome for Amer ica. If that is pessimism? WELL?