--In the Senate
yesterday a bill was reported from the Committee
on Finance abolishing the Auditing Board
, and to provide for the settlement of claims remaining unsettled by said board.
On motion of Mr. Dickinson
, the following resolution was agreed to:
That the Committee
on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of abolishing the office of Paymaster
of the State
The order of the day (the militia bill) was then taken up.
In the House, Mr. Magruder
, from the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, reported a bill to amend the charter of the town of Ashland
He also reported adversely upon the resolution for the establishment of a home for disabled soldiers.
, from the Committee
on Finance, reported a bill authorizing railroad companies to anticipate the time of paying debts due by them to the State
The following resolutions of inquiry were offered: By Mr. Gilmer
: For authorizing the banks to redeem their circulation with Confederate currency, and to compel holders of bank notes to present them for such redemption, under heavy penalties.
By Mr. McCue
: For compelling railroad companies to transport arms, ammunition, &c., at the prescribed rates, whether sent with the troops to whom they belong or not.
presented a bill to require railroad companies to furnish additional facilities for the purchase of tickets and better accommodations otherwise.
Referred to the Committee
called up the bill to increase the fine for refusing to labor on the public highways.
The bill was so amended as to make the minimum fine $3 and the maximum $5. It was then engrossed for a third reading.
The hour having arrived, the special order of the day, the bill to reorganize the militia of the State
, was taken up and considered the rest of the day's session.