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Enact to declare the powers of Boards of Exemption, and to impose penalties on members of such Boards for usurping powers not conferred on them; and to amend the 6th section of an act passed February 18th, 1862, entitled ‘"An Act amending and re- enacting the 2d section of chapter 23, of the Code of Virginia, respecting persons exempt from all military duties, and providing the mode of exemption,"’ Passed March 11, 1864.

Be it enacted, by the General Assembly, That the true meaning of the act p ed February 13, 1862, entitled an act amending and re-enacting the 2d section of chapter 22d of the Code of Virginia, respecting persons exempt from all military duties, and providing the mede of exemptions so far as the powers conferred upon Boards of Exemption are concerned, is that said Boards of Exemption shall have jurisdiction of the causes of exemption specially set forth in said act, and of no others, and shall pass on no case of exemption until the person claiming exemption has been drafted for actual service.

That, in every case where a discharge is granted by a board of exemptions, the cause of exemption shall be entered of record, and the vote shall be recorded by yeas and nays. and if any such board shall harp powers not conferred by said act, and shall grant a discharge from military service to any drafted person for a cause of which such board has not jurisdiction specially conferred by said act, such discharge shall be void, and each member of such board voting for such discharge and exemption, or who shall fall to perform any duty hereby imposed, shall, for every such offence, be guilty of a misdemeanor cognizable only in the circuit Court of the county or city wherein such members reside, and shall be punishable by a fine not less than one hundred, nor more than one thousand dollars, and by imprisonment at the discretion of the courts, in the county jail, for a period of not less than one month, nor more than twelve months

In all cases where substitutes have been actually placed in service, and certificates obtained, the board shall decide on the validity of the same.

The 6th section of an act passed 18th of February, 1862, entitled ‘"an act amending and re-enacting the 2d section of chapter 22d of the Code of Virginia, respecting persons exempt from all military duties, and providing the mode of exemption,"’ be amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows: ‘"Every claim for exemption, or excuse, shall be filed with the clerk of the board, who shall issue process for such witnesses as the claimant or enrolling officer may require, and within five days after the draft is made, and on a day to be designated by the board the trial of cases of exemption and excuse shall commence; and the same shall be disposed of in a summary manner as speedily as may be. The clerk of the board shall promptly report to the Adjutant General the name of each person exempted or excused by the board, and the cause of such exemption in each case"’

This act shall be in force from its passage.

A copy from the Rolls — Teste:

Wm F. Gordon, Jr.,

C. H. D. and K. of R.

Resolved, by the General Assembly, That the act entitled ‘"An act amending and reenacting the second section of chapter 22 of the Code of Virginia, respecting persons exempt from all military duties, and providing the mode of exemption,"’ passed 18th February, 1862, was not intended, and does not exempt, from such duty any deputy or sheriff of any county, or of a Sergeant of any corporation, or of the Clerk of any Court, or the deputy of any other officer

A copy from the Rolls — Teste:

Wm. F. Gorgun, Jr,

mh 12--3t C H. D and K. of R.

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