General Assembly of Virginia.
Thursday. March 20, 1863.
Senate--The Senate met at 10 o'clock, the President
in the chair.
A message was received from the House of Delegates announcing the prestige of the following bills, which were taken up and passed in the Senate:
A bill to authorized the transfer and issue of new certificates of stick in chartered companies; a bill to increase the pay of the interior guard at the Penitentiary to two dollars per diem.
introduced a resolution instructing the Committee
to inquire what legislation may be necessary in reference to Banks
in consequence of the passage of the recent currency bill by the Confederate Congress, which was agreed to.
, chairman of the Committee
on Confederate Relations, reported back the resolution referred to them in regard to bounty money to be paid the State
its transfer to the Confederate Government, and asking to be discharge from the further consideration of the subject.
Report laid on the table.
The confederation of the Tax bill was the next business of the body; and the bill was finally passed — ayes 30 noes 4.
Those voting in the negative were Messrs. Thompson
, and Whittle
The majority report of the Salt Committee
, contracting with Messrs
& Co., and the minority substitute therefore, contracting with J. C. Clarkson
, for a supply of salt, were taken up, and both defeated,--no constitutional of Senators
voting--three-fifths being required to make the contract valid.
thereupon submitted a joint resolution of some length providing for the appointment of a special committee of the House
and Senate, with authority to during the recess of the General Assembly, and to contract with Messrs Scott
& Co., or Messrs Stewart
& Co for a supply of at least hundred of thousand bushels of salt; or, in the event of the failure of these parties to contract, the said committee to be authorized to take possession of the salt works in to be name of the State
, or the leasing of the same, to be worked by an agent to be appointed by the State
The resolution was laid over under the rules.
The report of the special committee appointed to investigate the fire at the public war house was taken up., laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill amending the Confederate Government Read the first time and ordered to its second reading.
The bill to provide for elections in camps and elsewhere was taken up, amended and laid on the table.
The Senate was in secret session on a message from the Governor
concerning the line.
At 3 o'clock a creases was taken until 8 o'clock.
House of Delegates.--The House
was called to order at 11 o'clock.
On motion of Mr. Buford
, a special committee of five was appointed to report a bill amending the first section of an act passed March 29, 1862, suspending sales in legal proceedings.
offered a resolution, which was agreed to tendering the use of this Hall
to the Confederate
House of Representatives during the recess of the General Assembly.
resolved into secret session to consider a communication from the Governor After
a few minutes thus spent the doors were reopened, and.
On motion of Mr. River
, the bill amending the act relative to enclosures to contain was taken up and considered.
The wars the courts of the counties enamerated to in their respective counties; the amendment which simply provides for keeping up outside fences, was in.
, called up the bill converting into stock in the South-Side railroad, the arrear interest due the State
by said company.
The subject was discussed at considerable length by Messrs. Hopkins
, and others in its behalf, and Messrs. Hunter
The bill was finally passed — aye 65 noes 15
, from the special committee appointed this morning, reported an amendment to the first section of the Stay law; which was read a second time, and laid on the table.
The vote by which the bill converting the interest due the State
in the South-Side railroad into stock was reconsidered, and the House
further addressed by Mr. Cazenove
against its pass age. He was replied to by Mr. Anderson
, of Botetourt After which the bill was passed — ayes 66, noes 16.
The Chair was vacated at 6 o'clock until 7½