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From the Journal of the House of Representatives,

May 14, 1915 (pp. 1759)

The President of the Senate:

Sir: I herewith return, without approval, Senate bill No. 307, file No. 253, enrolled No. 109.

An act to prescribe the duties of Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives during the interim of sessions of the Legislature, to fix their compensation and to make an appropriation therefore.

I disapprove Senate enrolled No. 109 (S.B. No. 307, file No. 253) because its provisions entail too large an expense for the services rendered. Under existing conditions, the total cost for the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of Representatives, is for two years approximately $5,400. This bill involves and expense of over $10,000 for two years. This bill contains only one important feature: "the revision of the election and registration laws of the State, etc." This could have been provided for in a better way. The State is not suffering for the want of two more well paid officials.

I, therefore, decline to sign this bill.

Yours very truly,

Woodbridge N. Ferris


Source: Fuller, George, editor. Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Volume IV. (Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1927), 685-686.


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