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From the Journal of the House of Representatives,

May 18, 1915 (pp. 1749)

The Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Dear Sir: I herewith return without approval House bill No. 389, file No. 240, enrolled No. 166.

"A bill to amend section one of act number ten of the Public Acts of eighteen hundred ninety-five, entitled "An act to establish a board of health for the city of Detroit,' to provide for the appointment of the members thereof by the mayor of said city.'

I disapprove House enrolled bill No. 166 (H.B. No. 289, file No. 240), because public health matters should be removed as far as possible from political influence. A governor is quite as likely to observe this fundamental principle as the mayor of a city. The proposed change involves no plea for economy nor any plea for a better handling of health requirements.

I therefore decline to sign this bill.

Very truly yours,

Woodbridge N. Ferris

Source: Fuller, George, editor. Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Volume IV. (Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1927), 686-687.

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