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PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS
Militia of this or any other States, offi cers of the independent military organ izations as designated in this Article, members of associations wholly com posed of soldiers honorably discharged from the service of the UnKed States, and members of the Confederate Vet erans or like societies, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction .thereof before a justice of the peace having criminal jurisdiction of the city or county wherein such offense was committed, or by the Circuit Court of the county wherein such offense was committed, or the Criminal Court of Baltimore City, should the accused party prefer a jury trial, shall be fined not less than twenty nor more than fifty dollars for each and every offense, and in default of the payment of the fine and costs, shall be committed to the jail of the county or city, as the case may be, until such fine and costs are paid, provided, that said term of Imprisonment shall not exceed thirty days for each offense; such fines shall be paid to the Ranking Line Officer of the State, who shall apply the same to the use of the Organized Militia. 45. Any person who shall wilfully and unlawfully misapply or convert to his own use any money or other property belonging to said Organized Militia, or any organization thereof, or who shall, .when lawfully called upon to do so by the proper officer, &il or refuse to pay or deliver to said officer any money or property in his possession, or for which the said person was chargeable or ac countable, shall be guilty of a misde meanor, and upon conviction thereof before a justice of the peace having criminal jurisdiction of the city or county wherein such offense was com mitted, or by the Circuit Court of the county wherein such offense was com mitted, or the Criminal Court of Balti more City, should the accused party prefer a jury trial, shall be fined a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or sentenced to imprisonment in jail for a period not exceeding one year, or he shall be both fined and imprisoned, in the discretion of the Court. 46. No person belonging to the Or ganized Militia, shall be arrested on any process except such as may be is sued by military authority, while going to, remaining at, or returning from any place at which he may be required to attend for military duty. It shall be unlawful for the owner, or the owner’s agent, whatever may be the latter’s designation, of any place of amusement or of recreation, otherwise opened to the general public, admission to which is free or otherwise, to refuse .admission to or exclude from the said place of amusement or of recreation, any officer or enlisted men of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Rev enue Cutter Service, the Organized Mil itia of this State or of any State, Ter ritory and of the District of Columbia, by reason of such officer or enlisted man being in uniform, and any such owner, or agent aforesaid, who, upon conviction before a court of criminal jurisdiction, shall be found guilty of a violation of the provision of this sec tion shall be deemed and he is hereby declared to be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both in the discretion of the court. 47. Members of the Organized Militia ordered into the active service of the State by proper authority shall not be liable civilly or criminally for any act or acts done by them while in the dis charge of their duty. When a suit or proceeding shall be commenced in any court by any person against any officer of the Organized Militia for any act done by such officer in his official ca paciiy in the discharge of any duty under this Article, or against any per son acting under the authority or order of any such officer, or by virtue of any warrant Issued by him pursuant to the law, the court shall require the person prosecuting or instituting the suit or proceeding to file security for the pay ment of costs that may be awarded to thC defendant therein, and the defend ant in all cases may make a general denial and give the special matter in evidence. In case the plaintiff shall be non-suited, or have a verdict or judg ment rendered against him, the defend ant shall recover treble costs. 48. Every member of the Organized Militia shall be exempt from jury duty, provided he shall present certificate of his immediate commanding officer to the effect that he has performed the duties required of him for the year im mediately preceding the summons to act as juryman, and every such mem ber who shall have received a full and honorable discharge shall be exempt for the three years next succeeding his discharge, from all jury duty. Every SUPPLEMENT TO THE PRINCE GEORGE’S ENQUIRER. UPPER MARLBORO, MD., JULY 21, 1922 PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS i regiment or separate organization of the Organized Militia of this State may receive and have as many honorary members as it has active and uniformed members, on payment in advance by each person desiring to become such honorary member, of not less than ten dollars per annum, which money shall be received by the commanding officer of the regiment or separate organiza tion, and be by him applied to a special fund of such organization and ex pended by the commanding officer for the best interests of his organization, and the commanding officer of every regiment and separate organization, shall, on or before the first day of June and December in each and every year, render to the Ranking Line Officer an account of the money so received and expended by him, and every such honor ary member shall be entitled to receive a certificate of honorary membership of the said regiment or separate organiza tion, to be signed by the commanding officer thereof, or some officer desig nated by him for that purpose, and bearing the date of its issue, which cer tificate shall exempt the said honorary member from petit jury duty, for one year from the date of the issue of the said certificate, providing the same be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court of Baltimore City or the Clerk of the Circuit Court of any county before the drawing of the jury. 49. Any member of the Organized Militia of this State, going to and re turning from any parade, encampment, drill or other meeting which he may be required by law to attend, shall, to gether with his conveyance and mili tary property, be allowed to pass through all toll gates, and over all toll roads, bridges and ferries, free of charge, if he presents an order for duty or certificate of membership. 50. The commanding officer upon any occasion of duty, may place in arrest during the continuance thereof, any persons who shall trespass upon any camp ground, parade ground, armory or other place devoted to such duty, or who shall in any way or manner inter rupt or molest the orderly discharge of duty by those under arms, or who shall disturb or prevent the passage of troops going to or returning from any duty; he may prohibit and prevent the sale or use of all spirituous liquors, wines, ale or beer, the holding of huckster or auction sales and all gambling within the limits of the post, camp grounds, place of encampment, parade or drill, under his command. 51. Wherever the words “National Guard,” “Militia,” “Organized Militia,” or “Military forces” appear in this Act they shall be construed to cover the Naval Militia or Naval forces of this State, wherever applicable and wher ever the words “Army Regulations,” “Secretary of War,” or similar words appear they shall be construed to read “Navy Regulations,” “Secretary of the Navy,” etc., in all matters pertaining to the Naval forces of the State. 52. Any and all sections of the Na tional Defense Act, as amended and regulations made in pursuance thereof, applicable to the Militia of Maryland or any part thereof, shall be considered as a part of this Act in all respects as though written herein. 53. Regiments, battallions, and sepa rate organizations may, with the con sent of the Governor, adopt a full-dress uniform of their own and at their own expense. 54. No section or provision of this Article, or any part thereof, shall be deemed to be repealed, altered or amended by any statute passed by the Legislature, unless such statute ex plicitly refers to this Article as the Militia Law, or by its other titles, as part of the general laws of the State, and explicitly repeals, alters or amends the same or some part thereof; Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all Acts or parts of Acts incon sistent with the provisions of this Ar ticle are hereby repealed. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That this Act is hereby declared to be an emergency law and necessary for the* immediate preservation of the pub lic safety, and being passed upon a yea and nay vote, supported by three-fifths of all the members elected to each of the two Houses of the General Assem bly, the same shall take effect from the date of its passage. Approved April 13th, 1922. CHAPTER NO. 494 Ax Act to authorize and empower a Commission to acquire by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, the bridge over the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace and Perry vilie used for vehicular and foot pas senger traffic, with the approaches, easements, land, roads, rights and PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS franchises, belonging to any person or corporation necessary or conve nient for the purposes specified, and to authorize the creation of a State debt in the aggregate amount of seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000.00) or such thereof as is necessary for the acquisition of said bridge, and providing generally for the issue and sale of certificates of indebtedness evidencing said loan to carry out the provisions of this Act, and fixing certain regulations re garding the maintenance of said bridge and tolls thereon after it has been acquired. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the State Roads Commission of Mary land be and it is hereby authorized and empowered, in the exercise of the power conferred by Section 48 of Ar ticle 91 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, and in no way in limitation of the power so conferred, to acquire by purchase, condemnation or other wise (and when so acquired to main tain) the bridge over the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace, in Har ford County, and Perryvilie, in Cecil County, used for vehicular and foot passenger traffic, together with all lands, roads, approaches, rights, fran chises and easements belonging to any person or corporation, and necessary or convenient for the purposes speci fied in said Section US of Article 91 of the Annotated Code of Maryland; pro vided, that the price, whether fixed by agreement as hereinafter provided or by condemnation, shall not exceed the sum of six hundred ninety thousand dollars ($690,000.) Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Chairman of the State Roads Commission, a member of the Public Service Commission, and the Attorney- General of Maryland be and they are hereby constituted a Commission for the purposes of this Section, and said Commission is herewith authorized to make an offer on behalf of the State of Maryland in a Sum not exceeding Six Hundred and Ninety Thousand Dollars ($690,000) to the Havre de Grace and Perryvilie Bridge Company a body corporate (or to Its successors in interest) for the said bridge, land, roads, approaches, rights, franchises and easements of said Company (or its successors in interest) and if said Havre de Grace and Perryvilie Bridge Company (or its successors in inter est) shall in writing accept within twenty days thereafter said offer of the State of Maryland and shall give said State of Maryland a written op tion of purchase for ninety days at a sum not exceeding Six Hundred and Ninety Thousand Dollars ($690,000) then the Board of Public Works, as hereinafter directed shall upon notifi cation of the receipt of said option by the Chairman of the State Roads Com mission, at once proceed to sell said Bonds as hereinafter directed for the purpose of acquiring by purchase said bridge, land, roads, approaches, rights, franchises, and easements. But if said Havre de Grace and Perryvilie Bridge Company (or its successors in inter est) shall fail to accept the offer on behalf of the State of Maryland and fail to give the written option as here inbefore mentioned, then the said Com mission is hereby authorized to ac quire said bridge,* land, roads, ap proaches, rights, franchise, and ease ments by condemnation in accordance with the provisions of Article 33A of the Annotated Code of Maryland by proceedings instituted in either the Circuit Court for Harford County or the Circuit Court for ‘Cecil County, as the said State Roads Commission shall elect: provided, that the cost of the said property shall not exceed the sum of Six hundred and ninety thou sand dollars ($690,000); and further provided, that the State Roads Com mission of Maryland shall forthwith institute the condemnation herein re ferred to, if any of the things to be done or agreed upon in this section are not attained within the time limit or limits herein set forth. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That for the purpose of raising the money necessary to carry out the pro visions of this Act, a loan is hereby created to be known as the “Susque hanna Bridge Loan of 1922” to an amount not to exceed seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000). Said loan shall be dated with a date of thirty (30) days after the date on which a price is determined for the purchase of said bridge, either toy agreement, condemnation, or otherwise, and shall bear interest at a rate fixed by the Governor, the Comptroller of the Treasury and the Treasurer of the State, or a majority of them, not to exceed four and on’e-half (4%) per PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS centum per annum, and the said in terest shall be paid semi-annually, and the said loan and every part thereof, and the interest payable thereon, shall be and remain exempt from State, county and municipal taxation, and the principal amount of said loan shall be paid upon the serial annuity plan here inafter specified, and all within four teen (14) years after the issuance thereof. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted. That in issuing the certificates of indebtedness for said loan as herein provided in Section 3, the Governor, the Comptroller of the Treasury and the Treasurer of this State, or a ma jority of them, shall issue said certifi cates according to what is known as the serial annuity plan, and each series as issued shall be lettered, beginning with the letter “A” and so down the alphabet until the said amount of seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,- 000) or so much thereof as it may be necessary to issue shall have been issued, so that the entire principal shall be redeemable as follows: Series A—sso,ooo 1 year from date fixed for said loan. Series 8—550,000 2 years from date fixed for said loan. Series C —sso,ooo 3 years from date fixed for said loan. Series D —sso,ooo 4 years from date fixed for said loan. Series E—sso,ooo 5 years from date fixed for said loan. Series F —sso,ooo 6 years from date fixed for said loan. Series G—sso,ooo 7 years from date fixed for said loan. Series H —sso,ooo 8 years from date fixed for said loan. Series 1—550,000 9 years from date fixed for said loan. Series J—sso,ooo 10 years from date fixed for said loan. Serie| K—sso,ooo 11 years from date fixed for said loan. Series L —sso,ooo 12 years from date fixed for said loan. Series M—sso,ooo 13 years from date fixed for said loan. Series N —sso,ooo 14 years from date fixed for said loan. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Governor, Comptroller of the Treasury and Treasurer, consti tuting the Board of Public Works, or a majority of them, are hereby authorized and directed to have pre pared proper certificates of indebted ness of the State in good and suffi cient form to aggregate the amount of seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000.00), or so much hereof as may be necessary for the purpose of this Act, as evidence of such loan; such certificates of Indebtedness shall bear date as of the time of their issue as provided in Section 3 of this Act, and shall not be issued in less sums than one hundred dol lars ($100.00) or any multiple thereof. Each of said certificates shall be signed by the Treasurer of the State and countersigned by the Comptroller of the Treasury, and shall bear interest at the rate fixed by resolution of said Board of Pub lic Works, payable semi-annually, and a portion or all of said certifi cates may be registered, and the said certificates, or any portion thereof, shall have interest coupons attached, all as the Governor, Comptroller of the Treasury and Treasurer or a ma jorty of them, shall determne. Sec. 6. And be it further enacted. That In order to provide for the sell ing of the certificates of indebted ness aforesaid, to be issued under the provisions of this Act, the Gov ernor, Comptroller of the Treasury and the Treasurer of this State, or a majority of them, are hereby di rected to advertise twice a week for four successive weeks before the said certificates of Indebtedness, or any part thereof, shall be issued, in two newspapers published in the city of Baltimore, that the Treasurer of this State will be in readiness at a time within (15) days after the ex piration of said notice to receive bids at such place or places may be named in said respective advertisements for bonds or certificates of indebt edness issued under the provisions of this Act, under such regulations as may be made in the discretion of the Governor, Comptroller of the Treasury and Treasurer, or a ma jority of them; and the accrued in terest between the date of the bonds or certificates of indebtedness and the time of sale and delivery of and payment for said bonds or certifl-' cates of Indebtedness shall be d -justed with the purchaser thereof under such regulations as may be made in the discretion of the Gov ernor, Comptroller dt the Treasury PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS and Treasurer, or a majority of them; and upon the day mentioned in said advertisement as the day for opening the bids or the proposals thereby called for they shall receive such sealed proposals for the pur chase of as many of such bonds or certificates of indebtedness as may be mentioned or designated in said advertisements; and on the opening of such sealed proposals, as many of said bonds or certificates of indebt edness as have been so bid for shall be awarded by the majority of them to the highest responsible bidder or bidders therefor for cash, if the prices bid are adequate, in the judgment of the Governor, Comp troller of the Treasury and Treas urer, or a majority of them, and when two or more bidders have made the same bid and such bid is the highest and the certificates so bid for by the highest responsible bidders are in excess of the whole amount of the certificates so offered for sale, such bonds or certificates of indebtedness shall be awarded to such highest responsible bidders bidding the same price in a ratable proportion; and if any of said cer tificates so offered for sale are not bid for, or if any insufficient price be bid for them, they may be sub sequently disposed of under the di rection of the Governor, Comptroller of the Treasury and Treasurer, or a majority of them, at a private sale upon the best terms they can obtain for the same; provided they shall not be sold for less than par and accrued Interest. Sec. 7. And he it further enacted, That the sum of ten thousand dol lars ($10,000.00) or so much there of as may be necessary, shall be paid by the Treasurer of this State upon the warrant of the Comptroller out of the proceeds of the sale of bonds or certificates of indebtedness, <or the payment of the expense of en graving, printing and other outlays connected with the issue of the loan hereby authorized and for the pay ment of the advertising directed by this Act, and all other incidental ex penses in connection with the execu tion of its provisions pertaining to said loan. Sec. 8. And he it further enacted. That the actual cash proceeds of the sale of the certificates of indebted ness to be issued under this Act shall be paid to the Treasurer of the State, and such proceeds shall be used exclusively for the follow ing purposes, to wit: The Comp troller shall immediately upon the sale of and payment for said bonds or certificates of indebtedness first return to and credit the Treasury for whatever advances or payments may have been made as provided for by Section 7 of this Act. The re mainder of the proceeds of said loan shall be turned over or credited to the State Roads Commission, and by it used, expended and applied in ac cordance with the provisions of this Act for the acquisition by purchase, condemnation or otherwise of the bridge across the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace, in Har ford County, and Perryville, Cecil County, together with all land, roads, approaches, rights, franchises and easements belonging to any per son or corporatio# and necessary or convenient for the purposes speci fied in Section 48 of Article 91 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Any unexpended balance which may remain shall be credited to the re tirement fund for said Loan. Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That for the purpose of raising suffi cient funds to pay the interest on the said bonds or certificates of In debtedness, and to assist in retiring the principal of said loan, the State of Maryland pledges the full faith and credit and for these and the fur ther purpose of maintaining said bridge, and appurtenances thereto, the State Roads Commission shall upon its acquisition charge such tolls to the users of said bridge for vehicular traffic to be fixed by the State Roads Commission of Mary land, but not to exceed the limits herein mentioned. No charge for pedestrian traffic. Sheep or Swine, each .05. Horses, Mules and Cattle, each (Drivers Extra) .10. Wagon or Carriage, empty drawn by one man .10. Wagon or carriage, empty, attached to wagon drawn by one or more horses .10. Wagon loaded, two or four wheels, attached to wagon dra/wn by one horse .15. Wagon, loaded two or four wheel, attached to wagon drawn by two or more horses .20. Wagon loaded or empty, fwo or four wheels, drawn by one PUBLIC GENERAL LAWS horse, with driver .20. Wagon, loaded or empty two or four wheels drawn by two horses, with driver .30. Wagon, loaded or empty, four wheels, drawn by three horses, with driver .35. Wagon, loaded or empty, four wheels, drawn by four horses, with driver .45. Wagon, loaded or empty, four wheels, drawn by five horses, with driver .50. Wagon loaded or empty, four wheels drawn by six horses, with driver .60. Car riage, pleasure, two or four wheels, drawn by one horse, with driver .15 Carriage, pleasure, four wheels, drawn by two horses, with driver .25. Carriage, pleasure, four wheels, drawn by four horses with driver .45. Passenger in all vehicles In ex cess of the driver .05. each Bicycle and rider .10. Motorcycle and driver .25. Automobile, pleasure, with driver .60. Commercial motor vehicles and trucks, not more than one ton carrying capacity, loaded or empty, with driver .75. Commercial motor vehicles and trucks, more than one ton and not over two carrying capacity, loaded or not empty, with driver each 1.00. Commercial motor vehicles and trucks more than two tons and not over three tons carry ing capacity, loaded or empty, with driver each 1.50. Commercial motor vehicles and trucks more than three tons and not over four tons carry ing capacity, loaded or empty, each with driver 2.00. Commercial motor vehicle and trucks, more than four tons and not over five tons carrying capacity, loaded or empty, each with driver 2.50. Motor or other vehicles of weight or carrying capacity over five tons are subject to special reg ulations and toll, if allowed to cross at rate of fifty cents per ton based upon actual weight but in no event less than 3.50. The State Roads Commission is hereby authorized and directed to issue commutation tickets for %uch terms and for such amounts as it may deem wise, at prices lower than generally charged for single passage over said bridge. The revenue derived from said tolls to be used for the redemption and| for the interest on said loan, then for the maintenance of said bridge, and any amount over and above the cost of said redemption, interest and maintenance remaining from the tolls collected, shall be paid into the retirement fund for said loan an nually, and a report made to the legislature of Maryland setting forth the receipts and expenditures In con nection with said bridge and a re port of its condition. Upon the pay ment of the principal of the loan of said bonds or certificates of indebt edness outstanding, no further charge for the use of said bridge shall be laid or collected, except the tolls not to exceed twenty cents on all motor vehicles. Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the State Roads Commission shall annually consider the of tolls collected, the expense of maintenance, the annual interest and annual amount of loan to be re tired and shall reduce said tolls ac cordingly, If possible, so that none shall be charged other than sufficient to pay for the annual maintenance, annual interest and annual retire ment of said loan, and after the re tirement of all of said loan then only as hereinbefore provided. Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That this and all parts, thereof are to be construed in its entirety, the conditions therein depending one upon the other and each section de pending one upon the other in order that its intent may be carried out. and after the acquisition of said bridge by purchase or otherwise it shall be under the control, regulation and jurisdiction of the State Roade Commission of Maryland, and al) Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act, giving any other body or State department supervision, jurisdiction, regulation, or control of the said bridge, be and the same are hereby repealed as of the date that is purchased by the State oi Maryland, in so far as the bridge mentioned is concerned. Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That this is an emergency law, nec essary for the health, preservation and safety of the citizens of the State of Maryland, and on account of the hindrance, and expense of all traffic and. business now existent because of the high tolls on said bridge, and three-fifths (3-5) of the members of the Gen eral Assembly concurring therein, shall take effect from the date ot Its passage. Approved April 13, 1022.