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THE PENSACOLA JOURNAL, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 8, 1919.
flsmunoN if. IS COMPARED TO CRAZY GUILT REVISION AT THIS TIME WAS DISCUSSED AT LENGTH BY THE SENATE DURING LAST DAYS OF SESSION. 3 CO EY JOHN C. TRICE. Tallahassee, Juno 7. There was no resolution passed at the recent session of the legislature submitting to the electors cf the state the question of . -calling a constitutional convention to revise the organic law of 1885, though the very first thing Introduced in the house at the convening of this ses slon was ii resolution for this purpose. .By Mr. Futch of Alachua. Much ado r was made, about acting on the thing quickly and getting it off the calen--dar. Yet. notwithstanding the first ..'.introduced and the first special order p.put on th calendar, it was allowed to remain there, v v It was taken up and advanced from second to third readinsr durlne th past week; then it was discussed at j -aome lenf.th and a vote taken, failing - "to Set the necessary two-thirds by i four votes. t- Mr. Williams, of Leon county, led j ,r off the discussion against it. He de- I clared there was no need for it at' , this time. He pointed out that the j 'V expense -cf holding such a convention i would be somewhere between 160.000 i v and $100,(00, and advanced the opln- I i- Ion that such an . expense was not ' , warranted at this time. There was no ! certainty,- he declared, that the desir- ' ed result) could be obtained even by the callinr and holding of a constitu- tional convention. The only real rea- j . son for holding the convention that 1 he had heard advanced was for th ; purpose of getting a reapportionment ( i1 of the state. Inasmuch as the con- I - vention 'would be composed of ths i same representation as the house, he ' ; could see no certainty of it doing ' somethinir that the house had persist r ently refused to do. j Mr. Gillls, of Walton county, said that if this matter had been brought tip earlier in the session he had in ?: tended pointing out at some length his reasoi for favoring it. At this late day In the session, however, he did not fuel that he would be justi fied In taking up much of the time of the house, but he wanted to say i a few wards on the subject. The constitution we are now working un- i der, he declared, resembles a piece of patchwork. It certainly needs re- vision. The governmental principles ii of the state are the same as when i it was drawn up, but conditions have V, so changed that it ought to be brought fi up to dat. He then briefly outlined jf' a number of reason for the position ( assumed. He said he would name a great many reasons for want- M most of these would be pointed out jH by other members who desired to ii f. in favor' of the proposition. I that if ho had more time 1 speak on the subject, hence he would 1 1 confine himself to two reasons only. LlThe first of them was the Judiciary. He explalr ed that the system needed W rehabilitating. Under the old instra- iment this branch of the government l lictu gruwu nu eApenssive mai in many instances it was almost impossible to get Justice As evidencing the fact flthat the legislative branch needed isome changes, he pointed the fact of Kthe possibility of defeating the man dates of tlie constitution at succeea ing session of the legislature on the question cf reapportionment. Other defects were named. j Mr. Mcllae, of Washington county, i.came out ilatfooted against calling a ; revising convention at this time. He admitted that the present constitu I'tlon la somewhat like a crazy patch Nwork, But the time for revision is not ripe, -lie declared.. The minds of ythe people are too much divided, and fUhere is t'much Bolshevism ram ipant in the country to go to tamper ing with t!ae organic law. Trhe, he j concluded, they might do better, but there la a chance that they would oo fworse. :. Mr. Futch, of Lake county, declared tie had always advocated simple jus tice. For this reason, he was in ; favor of the proposition. The local Jaw evil .was one of the things, he S"$aid, that made it necessary. In his hand he h'jld a copy of the acts of 1917, general laws, which contained ;nly 426 pages, index and all. Then he held up another volume which he 'Said contained 1128 pages of local laws passed at the same session. He .supposed tlie ratio of local laws pass ed by thin session would be even larger than that. The evil was one that ought to be abated so that when the legislature met here ble-ennially Jt could df vote- its time to the con sideration of legislation of a general iiature. If all the local laws the leg islature is now called upon to pas3 were handled as the constitution re quires the legislature would have to iit 363 day in the year and then add So the nunber of days in the year $o set thrcugh. J Mr. Jones, of Nassau county, op posed the resolution. He was so ear nest about it that he started off with out telling a story. Mr. Phillips in terrupted to call attention to this. SLlke a flash the story was told, and then he proceeded to say that if the jponstitutioc needed changing it could fee done by amendment, without the Expense of calling a convention. f Mr. Harden here moved the JTious question, but withdrew It. Mr. Merchant, of Madison county, told the friends of the resolution they had absolutely no assurance that a convention would make the desired changes in the present Instrument. They could be better made by amend ment, he thought. When a fair ap portionment bill is presented he said he would vote for it. He called at tention to the fact that the federal constitution is a little more than a GASH OR ERM GRADE 7 o n n rr o urf M&mh PIT'S (3 pi The Reason Why on so Easy Terms, Pianos but All are KM U U cP We Can Sell these Pianos for Such a Price and is, that they are Manufacturer's Slightly Used in Good Condition We Urge an Early Selection We Have Other Pianos at Good Prices In Business in Pcnsacola More Than 29 Years 114 South Palafox Street Phone 15 Pensacola, Florida ' 1 "' 11 """ . . - " w2m r 1 " .' 1L'' 1 " v n " ' I mmmmmmmmZ7ZTmm I pre- hundred years older than our state constitution. Besides being a hun dred years the .oldest it forbids the doing of things not provided for in it, while our state constitution is more elastic by having no such provision. Mr. Perry, of Lee county,' favored the plan to call a constitutional con vention from the viewpoint of the ne cessity of a. reapportionment of the state. Referring to Mr. Williams'1 opening remarks, he criticized that gentlemans action on this subject in 1917, and refused to be interrupted by Mr. Williams, who had already spoken and could not get the floor again. He then proceeded to roast the legislatures which have convened during the past 22 years for not re apportioning the state under the plain mandate of the constitution whicl. each of the members put his hand on the Bible and swore to obey, pro tect and defend. He was going full speed ahead when the gavel fell de noting that the time allowed him by the rules had expired. Mr. Scruggs, " of Leon county, took the opposite view from that of his colleague, and favored the submis sion of the resolution. He said he felt that the very reasons which had been assigned by the gentleman from Washington county for not support ing the proposition were the very ones why the convention should be called. He believed it would help to allay the spirit of Bolshevism the gentleman had complained of. He be lieved it wa the only way to secure a fair reapportionment of the repre sentation of the several sections of the state, and therefore, would sup port It. Mr. ChavoUs. of Lafayette county, said that when he came here he was opposed to the calling of a constitu tional convention, but that he had changed his mind and would now vote for it, giving as his reason the re apportionment muddle. Here Mr. Perry interrupted In an effort to commit him to a constitutional amendment for that purpose, but failed. , , Mr. Mathis. of Holmes, in taking the floor .promised not to consume more than ten minutes of the tim of the house, because he said he had noticed that the speaker was using his gavel quite freely this morning when members tried to speak longer than that. He said he had thought he would - not speak on this subject be cause to do so he had to use the word "constitution," and the house had on yesterday served an ultimatum on him eiviner notice that he new very little about that instrument. He then read from the constitution the provisions providing for the manner- of calling" a convention for revision when it waa deemed necessary by the legislature. Then he read the provision relative to reapportionment every ten years, which h charged had been evaded for the past 22 years, by the members of the legislature meeting every two years and swearing to obey the con stitution. That was according to his view, sufficient excuse for submitting to the people the question at ; this time. Mr. Bryan, of Osceloa county, here moved the previous question. It was adopted and a roll call ordered. The vote was 48 to 21. Mr. Futch, of Alachua, the intro ducer of the resolution, changed his vote so as to be able to move for a reconsideration. The vote in detail follows: Members voting for submission: Speaker Wilder, Messrs! Barber, Bry an, Bunker. Busto, Caro, . Chavous, Cochran, Corbett, Dawson, DeGrove. Dillard, Edge, Earnest, Folks, Fort, Fowler. Gates. Gillis, Glazier, Green, Hamblin, Harris, Hineley, Jarmon, Keen, Kite, Marshall, Mathis, Mil ler. McCrary, McLeran, Perry, Par, rish, Ray. Scruggs, Tillis, Wade, Way bright, Weaver. Whyte, Wicker. Wil liams (Polk), Wilson (Pasco), Wood ruff (Orange), Woodruff (Seminole). Voting against: Brooks, Campbell, Carroll, Crews, Epperson, Futch. 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