--In the Senate
on Saturday was reported a bill to provide for employing in the public service or for the public benefit free negroes convicted of misdemeanors.
The Committee of Courts of Justice reported adversely upon the petition of certain citizens of Richmond
, asking the passage of an act to authorize the City Council of Richmond
to make compensation for damages sustained by the riot in April last.
Also reported adversely up on reporting a bill granting to debtors the privilege of tendering payment of all debts now due, or that may become due during the war, Confederate Treasury notes.
The consideration of the militia bill was then resumed, and the Senate, during the remainder of the day, was engaged upon it.
In the House
the Senate's amendment to the House
bill, for making appropriations to pay the expense incurred by the present session of the Legislature, and certain other expenses of Government, was read by the clerk.
The amendment appropriates $5,000 to certain claims allowed by the auditing board.
The amendment was adopted without opposition.
A bill was reported by Mr. Anderson
, from the Military Committee, for the appointment of a commission to experiment with torpedoes and submarine batteries, which was read a first time by its title.
From the Committee
on Finance a new bill was reported by Mr. Bouldin
, concerning auctioneers, which was read a first time.
This bill defines the different classes of auctioneers, and imposes rigid restrictions, having for their object the limitation of auction sales
A resolution was offered by Mr. Pendleton
to instruct the Committee
on Finance to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill on the rights and duties of Express companies.
The following resolutions of inquiry were offered: By Mr. Hutcheson
--Of employing the male convicts in the Penitentiary in the coal mines, and appropriating the proceeds of their labor to the families of poor soldiers and female refugees, and that such aid may be furnished through the Young Men's Christian Association.
By Mr. Haymond
, of Braxton
— Of amending the Code so as more effectually to suppress gaming.
The calendar was then taken up.
The bill for increasing the storage of tobacco to $3.50 per hogshead was passed.
The bill to prohibit auction sales
in certain cases was taken up, and after some discussion, on motion of Mr. Burwell
, was recommitted to the Committee
on Finance by a vote of ayes 55, noes 49.
The bill to reorganize the militia of the Commonwealth
was then taken up and its consideration continued during the day's session.