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From the Journal of the House of Representatives,

Message to Legislature. (May 15, 1913. pp. 2268.)

Sir: I herewith return without my approval

House bill No. 397 (file No. 274, enrolled No. 242) entitled

A bill to regulate the transportation of live stock over railroads, and penalty for violation thereof.

The Railroad Commission now has the power upon complaint and hearing to fix the minimum at which live stock shall be transported upon any railroad. No complaint has ever been made or formal petition filed with the Railroad Commissioner to fix any given rate under the law as it now stands. The greater per cent of all live stock shipments in Michigan are interstate, and would come exclusively under the jurisdiction of the Interstate Commerce Commission. The Federal act provides that such traffic shall move at a reasonable rate. The difficulties that will be encountered in fixing one rate for a small percentage of the traffic while a different rate exists for a larger percentage is obvious.

I do not believe it is good policy to enact statutes exempting railroads or other corporations from their provisions upon application to the Commission. I therefore disapprove because this bill seems to offer no special relief.


Woodbridge N. Ferris

Source: Fuller, George, editor. Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Volume IV. (Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1927), 662.