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The Speaker of the House of Representatives:
Dear Sir:-I am returning herewith without approval House bill No. 363, file no. 141, enrolled Act No. 170.
"A bill to amend section six of the chapter twenty-eight of act number one hundred eighty-three of the Public Acts of eighteen hundred ninety-seven, approved May twenty-nine, eighteen hundred ninety-seven, being an act entitled 'An act to provide for the appointment and to fix the term of office, duties and compensation of court stenographers in the State of Michigan,' being compiler's section three hundred sixty-eight of the Compiled Laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven.
I disapprove House enrolled bill No. 170 (House bill No. 363, file No. 141) because I see no reason why stenographers should be put in a class by themselves because of any disability that may arise. Ordinarily in private employment a reasonable time is allowed for sickness, but if the sickness continues for months (as it may under the terms of this bill) no private employer could submit to it. If stenographers are underpaid then by all means increase their salary. I can see no good reason why stenographers whoudl receive special consideration involved in this bill.
I therefore decline to sign this bill.
Yours very truly,
Woodbridge N. Ferris