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43rd General Assembly, 1883-1884

African American Legislators and Committee Assignments

Bills introduced by John W. Boyd

Bill Date Subject Action
HJR 92 2-12-1883 Authorizing the Governor to offer a reward for the arrest of the murderers of Ephraim Grundy. Taken up under a suspension of the rules and adopted
HB 663 2-27-1883 To prevent discrimination by railroads
against any passenger paying first class fare
Amended to require segregation of passengers; adopted, but Boyd, feeling the bill had been spoiled, voted against it.
HJR 126 3-2-1883 To ensure that convicts at the penitentiary will
not work on farms
Lies over under the rules; rejected 3-5-1883

Bills introduced by Leon Howard

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 34 1-5-1883 To repeal Chapter 130 of the Code, which permits discrimination in public transportation & facilities Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill 2-13-1883
HB 129 1-10-1883 To prohibit extramarital sex between white men and black women Passed first reading, indefinitely postponed 2-20-1883
HB 493 2-15-1883 To appoint an Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction to oversee black schools Passed first and second reading; referred to Committee on Education and Common Schools, which tabled the bill
HB 556 2-20-1883 To repeal the portions of Chapter 130 of the Code which refer to common carriers and to permit suits against them Passed first and second reading; referred to Judiciary Committee, who made no recommendation; no further references
HB 666 2-28-1883 To require compulsory school attendance of Shelby County children between 8 & 12 for at least 12 weeks per year Passed first and second reading; referred to Committee on Education and Commons Schools; no further references

Bills introduced by Samuel McElwee

Bill Date Subject Action
HR 10 1-3-1883 To pay House clerks, Sergeant-at-Arms, and porters for their services Adopted 1-5-1883; Enrolled 1-6-1883
HB 12 1-5-1883 To provide Normal School education for African American students Passed first and second reading; made special order for 2-15; tabled in favor of the amended committee bill
HJR 59 1-16-1883 To urge the US Congress to grant states federal aid for education in proportion to their degree of illiteracy Taken up under suspension of the rules; adopted and engrossed 1-16-1883
HB 298 1-22-1883 To permit the boards of directors of corporations to increase the number of their members to 15 or 18 Approved 3-15-1883; enrolled 3-23-1883
HB 341 2-7-1883 To regulate the fees of sheriffs and other collecting officers Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill
HB 526 2-19-1883 To penalize discrimination in jury selection Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill.

Bills introduced by David F. Rivers

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