The Honorable Speaker, House of Representatives:
Sir:- I herewith return without approval
House bill No. 126 (file No. 100), enrolled No. 42
An act to amend section 3-a of Act. No. 193 of the Public Acts of 1895, as amended by Act no. 118 of the Public Acts of 1897, same being compilers section 5112 of the Compiled Laws of 1897, as amended by Act No. 162 of the Public Acts of 1913, entitled 'an act to prohibit and prevent adulteration, fraud and deception I the manufacture and sale of articles of food and drink.'
I disapprove House Enrolled Bill No. 42 because it is not in harmony with a law passed by U.S. Congress in March 1913, requiring that all foods in package form be stamped with the net weight or net measure.
State laws and federal laws should harmonize. To make this bill a law would cause serious trouble to Michigan fruit growers. The federal law went into effect September 1, 1914 and was not rigidly enforced last autumn. The Food Department at Washington has informed Michigan's Food Department that the law will hereafter be enforced. I therefore decline to sign House Enrolled Bill No. 42.
Yours very truly,
Woodbridge N. Ferris