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Proposed Amendments to
the Constitution
To be Voted for at an Election to
be Held
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8,1904.
ACT NO. 12.
By Mr. Pearce House Bill No. 54.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to Article
255 of the Constitution of the State
of Louisiana relative to the removal
of the limitation on appropriations
for the maintenance and support of
the Louisiana State University and
Agricultural and Mechanical College.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louisiana,
two-thirds of all the members elected
to each house concurring, that Article
255 of the Constitution of the State of
Louisiana be amended so as to read as
follows:
Article 255. The Louisiana State Uni
versity and Agricultural and Mechani
cal College founded upon the land
grants of the United States to endow
a seminary of learning and a college
for the benefit of agriculture and ms
chanic arts now established and located
in the City of Baton Rouge, is hereby
recognized; and all revenues derived
and to be derived from the Seminary
fund, the Agricultural and Mechanical
College fund, and other funds or lands
donated or to be donated by the United
States to the State of Louisiana for the
use of a seminary of learning or of a
college for the benefit of agriculture or
the mechanic arts, shall be appropri
ated exclusively to the maintenance
and support of said Louisiana State
University and Agricultural and Me
chanical College; and the General As
sembly shall make such additional ap
propriations as may be necessary for
its maintenance and support and im
provement, and for the establishment,
In connection with said institution, of
such additional scientific or literary de
partments as the public necessities and
the well-being of the people of Louis
iana may require.
The Tulane University of Louisiana,
located in New Orleans, is hereby rec
ognized as created and to be developed
In accordance with the provisions of the
legislative act, No. 43, approved July
5, 1884, and by approval of the electors.
made past of the Constitution of the
State.
Sec. 2. Be it further resolved, etc.,
That said proposed amendment be sub
mitted to the electors of the State of
Louisiana for their approval or rejec
tion, as required by Article 321 of the
Constitution of Louisiana and the gen
eral election laws of the State at the
Congressional election to be held in this
State in November, 1904.
R. H. SNYDER,
Speaker of the House of Representa
tives.
P. M. LAMBREMONT,
President pro tem. of the Senate.
Approved June 17th, A. D., 1904.
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD,
Governor of the State of Louisiana.
A true copy:
JOHN T. MICHEL.
Secretary of State.
ACT NO. 16.
By Mr. Henriques. House Bill No. 141.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to the Con
stitution of the State of Louisiana,
providing for the exemption from
taxation for a period of ten (10) years
from the date of its completion, of
all railroads or parts of railroads con
structed subsequently to Juanary 1,
1905.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the Statpof Louis
iana, two-thirds of all the members
elected to each House concurring there
In, that the following amendment to
the Constitution of the State of Louis
iana be submitted to the electors of
the State at the next election for Rep
resentatives in Congress, to be holden
on the first Tuesday after the first
Monday in November, 1904, to-wit:
There shall be exempt from taxation
for a period of ten years from the date
of its completion, any railroad or part
of railroad that shall have been con
structed and completed subsequently
to January 1, 1905, and prior to
January 1, 1909. This exemption shall
Include and apply to all the rights
of way, roadbed, sidings, rails and
other superstructures upon such rights
of way, roadbed or sidings; and
to all depots, station-houses, buildings,
erections and structures appurtenant
to such railroads and the operation of
the same; but shall not include th¶e
depots, warehouses, station-houses and
other structures and appurtenances nor
the land upon which they are erected
at terminal points, and for which fran
chises have been granted and obtained;
whether same remain the property o;
the present owner or owners, or be
transferred or assigned to any cor
poration or corporations, person or per
sons whomsoever, and provided further
that this exemption shall not apply to
double tracks, sidings switches, de
pots or other improvements or better
ments which may be constructed by
rallroads now in operation within the
State, other than extensions or new
lines constructed by such railroads.
R. H. SNYDER,
Speaker of the House of Representa
tives.
J. Y. SANDERS,
Lieutenant Governor and President of
the Senate.
Approvel June 17, A. D.1904.
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD.
Governor of the State of Louisiana.
A true copy:
JOHN T. MICHEL,
Secratary of State.
ACT NO. IL
By Mr. Pearce. House Bill No. 49.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to Article 256
of the Constitution of the State of
Louisiana, relative to the removal of
the limitation on appropriations for
the Louisiana Industrial Institute,
located at Rustofd, for maintenance
and sunpport.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louis
iana, two-thirds of all the members
elected to each House concurring, That
Article 256 of the Constitution of the
State of Louisiana, be amended, and re
enacted so as to read as follows:
Article 256. The Louisiana State Nor
mal School, established and located at
Natchitoches; the Industrial Institute
and College of Louisiana whose name
is hereby changed to the Louisiana In
dustrial Institute, established and lo
cated at Ruston, and the Southern Uni
versity, now established in the city of
New Orleans, for the education of per
sons of color, are hereby recognized;
and the General Assembly is directed
to make such appropriations from time
to time as may be necessary for the
maintenance, support and improvement
of these institutions; provided that the
appropriation for the maintenance and
support of the Southern University
shall not exceed ten thousand dollars
per annum.
Section 2. Be it further resolved, etc.,
That said proposed amendment be sub
mitted to the electors of the State of
Louisiana for their approval or rejec
tion, as required by Article 321 of the
Constitution of Louisiana and the gen
eral election laws of this State, at the
Congressional election to be held in
this State in November, 1904.
R. H. SNYDER,
Speaker of the House of Represents
tives.
P. M. LAMBREMONT,
President pro tem. of the Senate.
Approved June 17th, A. D. 1904.
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD,
Governor of the State of Louisiana.
A true copy:
JOHN T. MICHEL,
Secretary of State.
ACT NO. 29.
By Mr. Barrett. Senate Bill No. 14.
AN ACT.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to Article .09
of the Constitution of the State of
Louisiana of 1898, relative to District
Courts.
Section 1. Be I. resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louis
iana, two-thirds of all the members
of each House concurring, That para
graph 1 of Article 109 of the Constitu
tion of the State of Louisiana, of 189%,
be so amended as to read as follows:
Article 109. The District Courts, ex
cept in the Parish of Orleans, shall
have original jurisdiction in all civil
matters where the amount in dispute
shall exceed Fifty Dollars, exclusive of
interest, and in all cases where the title
to real estate is involved, or to office
or other public position, or civil or po
litical rights, and all other cases where
no specific amount is in contest, ex
cept as otherwise provided in this Con
stitution. ,
They shall have unlimited and exclu
sive jurisdiction in all criminal cases
except as may be vested in other courts
authorized by this Constitution; and in
all probate and succession matters, and
where a succession is a party defend
ant; and in all cases where the State,
parish, any municipality or other politi
cal corporation is a party defendant,
regardless of the amount in dispute:
and for all proceedings for the appoint
ments of receivers or liquidators to cor
poration or partnership; and said court
shall have authority to issue all such
writs, process and orders as may be
necessary or proper for the purposes
of the jurisdiction herein conferred
upon them. There shall be one District
Judge in each Judicial District, except
in the First and Twenty-first Judicial
Districts, where, until otherwise pro
vided by law, there shall be two Dis
trict Judges, but the Judges of the
Twenty-first Judicial District shall not
be residents of the same parish. Dis
tric Judges shall be elected by a plu
rality of the qualified voters of their
respective districts in which they shall
have been actual residents for two
years next preceding their election.
They shall be learned in the law and
shall have practiced law in the State
five years previous to their election.
Section 2. Be it further resolved, etc.,
That the foregoing amendment to the
Article of the Constitution of the Stat',
if adopted, shall become operative on
the first day of December 1904, and the
Governor of the State shall appoint by
and with the advice and consent of the
Senate, the additional Judge provided
for the First Judicial District, who
shall hold his office until the Congres
sional election in November 1906 at
which time the said office shall be filled
by election, by the qualified electors of
the First Judicial District, Caddo Par
ish, Louisiana, for a term of two years,
or until thenext Judicial election, when
both Judges of said District will be
elected.
Section 3. Be it further resolved, etc.,
That said proposed amendment be sub
mitted to the electors for their approval
or rejection, as required by the Consti
tution, Article 321, of the State of Louis
iana, and the general election laws of
this State, at the Congressional election
to be held in this State in November,
1904.
R. H. SNYDER,
Speaker of the House of Representa
tives.
J. Y. SANDERS,
Lieutenant Governor and President of
the Senate.
Approved June 21, A. D. 1904.
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD,
Governor of the State of Louisiana.
A true copv:
JOHN T. MICHEL.
Secretary of State.
ACT NO. 33.
By Mr. Lambrnmont.
Senate Bill No. 58.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to the Con
stitution of the State of Louisian',
amending Article 46 of the Constitu
tion, so as to authorize the General
Assembly to issue and direct the dis
position of one million dollars of
State bonds in aid of the State's sys
tem of public education.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louis
iana, two-thirds of all the members
elected to each House concurring, That
an amendment to the Constitution of
the State of Louisiana be submitted to
the qualified electors of the State for
their approval or rejection at the Con
gressional election to be held on the
first Tuesday next following the first
Monday in November, 1904, amending
Article 46 of the Constitution so as to
read as follows:
Article 46. The General Assembly
shall have no power to contract, or to
authorize the contracting of, any debt
or liability, on behalf of the State; or
to issue bonds or other evidence of in
debtedness thereof, except for the pur
pose of repelling invasion, or for th
suppressing of insurrection; provided,
that for the purpose of acquiring school
sites, and the purchase or erection of
school houses and buildings and their
equipment, in aid of the State's system
of public education, the General Assem
bly, elected in April, 1904, is given au
thority to issue and direot the disposi
tion of one million dollars of bonds of
the State, running for a period not ex
ceeding twenty-five years from the date
of their issue, bearing a rate of interest
not exceeding three per cent. per an
num, payable semi-annually, which
bonds shall be exempt from all taxa
tion, and in order to render this ex
emption the more effectual, the par val
ue of any such bonds shall be deducted
for all purposes of taxation from the
aggregate value of the capital ^r
shares of any bank or other financial
institution, or corporation holding said
bonds for a period of over six months
prior to the first day of January, in the
year for which the tax assessment is
made.
Section 2. Be it further resolved,
That the official ballots to be used at
said election shall have printed thereon
the words: "For the proposed amend
ment to Article 46 of the Constitution,
relative to bonds in aid of the State's
system of public education," and the
words: "Against the proposed amend
ment to Article 46 of the Constitution,
relative to bonds in aid of the State's
system of public education;" and each
elector shall indicate, as provided in
the general election laws of the State,
whether he votes for or against the
proposed amendment.
R. ft. SNYDER,
Speaker of tl House of Representa
t1W3s.
J. Y. SANDERS
Lieutenant Governor and President of
the Senate.
Approved June 23, 1904.
NEWVTON C. BLANCHARD,
Governer of the State of Louisiana,
A true copy:
JOHN T. MICHEL,
Secretary of State.
ACT NO. 112.
By Mr. Madden.
Senate Resolution No.. 41.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to Article 303
of the Constitution of the State of
Louisiana, relative to pensions for
Confederate Veterans.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louis
iana, *two-thrids of all members
elected to each House concurring, That
Article three hundred and three of the
Constitution of the State of Louisiana,
as amended by Act No. seventy-three
of the General Assembly of 1900, be so
amended as to read as follows:
Article 303. A pension not to exceed
eight dollars ($8) per month shall be
allowed to each Confederate soldier or
sailor veteran, who possesses all of the
following qualifications:
1. He shall have served honorably
from the date of his enlistment until
the close of the late Civil War, or until
he was discharged or paroled, in some
military organization regularly mus
tered into the army or navy of the Con
federate States, and shall have remain
ed true to the Confederate States until
the surrender.
2. He shall be in indigent circum
stances, and unable to earn a liveli
hood by his own labor or skill.
3. He shall not be salaried or other
wise provided for by the State of Lou
isiana, or by any other State Govern
ment. In case he enlisted in any or
ganization'mustered into said service
as a Louisiana organization, or in case
at the date of his enlistment he -o
sided in the State of Louisiana, he
shall have resided in this State for tt
least five years prior to his applic a
tion for a pension. In case he resided
elsewhere than in this State, and en
listed in an organization not mustered
in from Louisiana, or in the Navy of
the Confederate States, he shall have
resided in this State for at least fifteena
years prior to his application for such
pension. A like pension shall be
granted to the widow who shall not
have married again, in indigent cir
cumstances, of such soldier or sailor
whose marriage to her was contracted
prior to January 1st 1875, provided, that
if her deceased husband served in an
organization mustered in from Louisia
na,or if he resided in Louisiana at the
date of his enlistment, and has so re
sided for one year prior thereto, then
in order that such widow shall be en
titled to the pension as herein provided,
she shall have resided in this State for
at least five years prior to her applica
tion therefor; and if her deceased hus
band enlisted elsewhere than in Louis
iana, and served in an organization not
mustered in from Louisiana, sucn
widow shall, in order to entitle her to
pension as herein provided, have re
sided in this State for not less than
fifteen years prior to her appli
cation for such pension; provide l
further, that pensions whether to
veterans or to widows, shall be
allowed only from the date of applica
tion under this article, and the total
appropriations for all pensions shall
not be less than seventy-five thousand
($75,000) dollars nor more than one hun
dred and fifty ($150,000) dollars in any
one year; provided, that nothing in this
article shall be construed so as to pro
hibit the General Assembly from pro
viding artificial limbs to disabled Con
federate soldiers or sailors.
Section 2. Be it further resolved,
That this proposed amendment be sub
mitted to the qualified voters of the
State of Louisiana for adoption or re
jection at the Congressional election to
be held on the first Tuesday next fol
lowing the first Monday in November,
1904.
That the official ballots to be used at
said election shall have printed thereon
the words: "For the Proposed Amend
ment to Article 303 of the Constitution
of the State of Louisiana, relative to
Pensions for Confederate Veterans,"
and the words: "Against the Proposed
Amendment to Article 303 of the Con
stitution of the State of Luisiana, rel.
tive to Pensions for Confederate Vet
erans," and each elector shall indicate
as provided in the general election laws
of the State, whether he votes for or
against the Amendment.
R. H. SNYDER,
Speaker of the House of Representa
tives.
P. M. LAMBREMONT,
President pro tem. of the Senate.
Approved July 4, A. D. 1904.
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD,
Governor of the State of Louisiana.
A true copy:
JOHN T. MICHEL,
Secretary of State.
ACT NO. 123.
By Mr. Marks. House Bill No. 311.
JOINT RESOLUTION.
Proposing an amendment to Article 249
of the Constitution of the State of
Louisiana relative to the office of
State Superintendent of Public Edu
cation.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louis
iana, two-thirds of all the members
elected to each House concurring, That
Article two hundred and forty-nine
(249) of the Constitution of the State of
Ipuisiana, be so amended as to read as
follows:
Article two hundred and forty-nine
(249): There shall be elected by the
qualified electors of the State, a Super
intendent of Public Education, who
shall hold his office for the term of four
years, and until his successor is quali
fied. His duties shall be prescribed by
law, and he shall receive an annual
salary of Three Thousand Dollars. 'The
aggregate annual expense of his office,
including his salary, shall not exceed
the sum of four thousand dollars.
Section 2. Be it further resolved, etc.,
That this proposed amendment shall be
submitted to the qualified voters of the
State for adoption or rejection at the
Presidential and Congressional election
to be he'd in November 1904, and that if
adopted, the same shall take effect on
the 1st day of January 1905.
Section 3. Be it further resolved, etc.,
That on the official ballots to be used
at said election there shall be placed
the words: "For the proposed amend
ment to Article 249 of the Constitution
of the State of Louisiana" and the
words "Against the proposed amend
ments to Article 249 of the Constitution
of the State of Louisiana" and each
elector shall indicate, as provided in the
general election laws ,of the State,
which of the propositions "for" or
"against" he votes for.
R. H. SNYDER,
Speaker of the House of Representa
tives.
P. M. LAMBREMONT,
President pro tem. of the Senate.
Approved July 6, A. D. 1904.
NEWTON C. BLANCHARD,
Governor of the State of Louisiana.
A true copy:
JOHN T. MICHEL,
Secr-tary of State.
ACT NO. 132.
By Mr. Barrett. Senate Bill No. 123.
AN ACT.
Joint resolution propsing amendments
to Article 98, 99, 100, 106 and 131, and
proposing the repeal of Article 105 of
the Constitution of the State of Lou
isiana relative to the Judiciary De
partment.
Section 1. Be it resolved by the Gen
eral Assembly of the State of Louis
iana, two-thirds of all the members
elected to each House concurring, That
Article 98 of the Constitution of the
State of Louisiana be amended so as
to read as follows:
Article 98. The Courts of Appeal, ex
cept as otherwise provided in this Con
stitution, shall have appellate jurisdic
tion only, which jurisdiction shall ex
tend to all cases, civil and probate,
when the matter in dispute or the fund
to be distributed shall exceed One Hun
dred Dollars, exclusive of interest, and
shall not exceed Two Thousand Dollars,
exclusive of interest, and such appeal
shall be upon the law and the facts.
Section 2. Be it further resolved, etc.,
that ARrticle 99 of the Constitution of
the State of Louisiana be so amended
as to read as follows:
Article 99. The Courts of Appeal shall
consist of three judges each. They
shall be citizens of the United States
and qualified electors of this State,
learned in the law and shall have prac
ticed law in this State for six years and
shall have been actual residents of the
district from which they are elected or
appointed for at least two years pre
ceding their election or appointment,
They and the judges of the Court of
Appeals for the Parish of Orleans shall
each receive a salary of not less than
four thousand dollars per annum, pay
able monthly on his own warrant, and
the Legislature shall ma.ke
appropriation to pay, the same.
Section 3. Be it further
That Article 100 of the Constit
the State of Louisiana be sp'
as to read as follows:
Article 100. Exclusive of the
whose appeals are returnable
Parish of Orleans, the State
divided into two circuits to be
vided into districts as herel
vided. Until otherwise provide
the parishes of East Baten
West Baton Rouge, LivlngAto.e,
pahoa, Washington.St. Helen.a
Coupee, Iberville, St. Mary,
Assumption, Lafourche,
casieu, Cameron, Vermillion,
Iberia, St. Martin, St.
Acadia, East Feliciana, West
St. Landry and Vernon, shah
the first circuit and 'e known
"Court of Appeals First Cir
of Louisiana," and the
Caddo, Bossier Webster,
Claiborne, Union, Lincoln, j
Caldwell, Winn, Natchitochas
DeSoto, Red River, Ouachita,
Franklin, Catahoula, Conco~rni
sas, Madison, East Carroll, Weq
roll, Morehouse, Avoyelles,
and Grant shall compose the
Circuit and be known as the
Appeals Second Circuit, State
lana."
The circuits above provided f
otherwise provided by law,
divided into three distrlcts each. ,:
lows: The parishes of Calcastesl,
eron, Vermillion, Lafayette, St.
Acadia, St. Landry, Vernon ad i
shall compose the First Distriet v~j
First Circuit, and the parishes o f
Baton Rouge, Ascension, Pointe
pee, Iberville, St. Mary, T
Assumption and Lafourche shell.
pose the Second District of tll
Circuit; and the parishes of Ist..
Rouge, Livingston, Tangi
Helena, St. Tammany, East
West Feliciana and Washington -
compose the Third District ofth
Circuit; and the parishes of
Concordia, East Carroll, West
Franklin, Madison, Tensas
Morehouse and Catahoula Ihall
pose the First District of the
Circuit; and the parishes of
Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln,
Union, Bossier, Winn, Webster
Grant shall compose the Second;
trict of the Second Circuit; asni *
parishes of Caddo, DeSoto Nat
ches, Rapides, Sabine, Avorells -ft
Red River shall combose the T1ill
District of the Second Cirunlt.
each of the circuits they shall
elected three judges, as herein proavl6
for, one judge to be elected by 1ig
qualified electors of each district .U
above designated.
The First Court or Appeals to be
ganized in the circuits herein estal.
ed under this amendment to the C
stitution shall be as follows:
shall be elected by the qualified el
tors thereof one judge for each of
districts in the two circuits at the
gressional and Presidential el
in November, 1904. The judges for
of the first districts above named s
be elected for a term of four years,
ginning on the first day of Iano
1905; and the judges for each of
second districts above, named shall
elected for a term of six years.
ning on said date; and the judgesi
each of the third districts above
shall be elected for a'period of
years, beginning on said date.
expiration of the term of office of'
of the judges thus elected, his
sor shall be elected for a term of
years, by the qualified electors of
district of each circuit; the eletsi
each judge herein provided for
take place at the same time and
as the Congressional election nexst
ceding the expiration of his term;:
judges provided for herein are to
elected at the same election as the
mission of these Constitutional
ments, with the proviso that if
amendments to Ciojtitution are
ed, the fudges el 4 d thereldef'
qualify; if not, then theirelect1oa w
be null and void. J. case -f
removal or resignatl'fm. e
any judge, the vacancF .s.all b
by appointmli of tt o Gove. O
and with the. advice and Mcnset
Senate, until the next .Co
election', at which time his.
shall be elected. In case any
the Circuit Judges shall be, f
ness or any other cause .un
tend any session of court, it .h ,
competent for the other tWO
appoint, in his place, & Qualifý
ber of the bar, who shall be se'd3
sit as judge of said court during
absence only, who shall r.a:el
compensation as the General
may fix, or the Courts of Ap.w.
arrange for an inaterchange eo
from one circuit to the other
member of the court is unable
tend from sickness or otherb
Until otherwise provided by the
eral Assembly, the Court of
of the First Circuit shall bold
of court at Baton Rouge, .sI
New Iberia, Franklin, Opelou0A
ley, Lake Charles and T
such other places as ma .be
nated by said Court of AP
Court of Appeals for the _
cuit shall hold sessions O.
at Monroe, Shreveport,
Natchitoches, Vidalia, Taluh Ib
Ruston, and such other PI -
be designated by said Court of
The sessions of said Court lE
shall continue in each
period of ten months,
first Monday of Se pthe
year and ending on the 1. W.
June of the following yeir; 55
courts shall convene at tb.e
places named as the publ.c
may require and shall keep
in session at such places tul
before them are heard and
termined. Until otherwise
law, the time and place for le e
of appeals shall be flxeilw
No decision shall be

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