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44th General Assembly, 1885-1886

44th Tennessee General Assembly

TN House of Representatives,
44th General Assembly,
1885-1886,
TSLA Collection.

African American Legislators and Committee Assignments

Bills introduced by Green E. Evans

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 99 1-14-1885 To limit the garnishment of a worker’s wages to current, not future, wages Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, who tabled the bill
HB 156 1-19-1885 To apportion road work among all able-bodied men Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Public Roads, which tabled the bill 3-2-1885
HB 447 2-14-1885 To prevent discrimination by railroads against any passenger paying first class fare Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which recom- mended rejection; no further action on the bill.
HB 514 2-19-1885 To appoint an Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction to oversee schools for black children Passed first and second reading; referred to Committee on Education and Common Schools, which tabled the bill
HJR 108 2-24-1885 To appoint Howell E. Jackson to a cabinet position Resolution lay over according to custom, was never taken up.

Bills introduced by William A. Fields

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 31 1-9-1885 To limit attachment of a debt incurred for land rental to 1/3 of the crop grown on that land Passed first and second reading, referred to Agriculture Committee, which tabled the bill 1-28-1885
HB 119 1-15-1885 To require parents and guardians to enroll children between 7 and 16 in school for 120 days per year. Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Education and Common Schools, which tabled the bill 3-3-1885
HB 151 1-19-1885 To require corporations and contractors who advertise for workers to pay them the amount specified in the advertisements Passed first and second reading, rejected on third reading 3-2.
HB 213 1-21-1885 To ensure that judges of elections are appointed from different political parties Passed first and second reading, referred to Committee on Elections, which tabled the bill

Bills introduced by William C. Hodge

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 69 1-13-1885 To prohibit policemen or patrolmen from serving process Referred to Judiciary Committee; passed first and second reading, withdrawn for amendment; no further references to bill
HB 139 1-19-1885 To amend the numbers of road workers required by an earlier act. Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Public Roads, which tabled the bill.
HB 140 1-19-1885 To limit the number of days workers are required to work on public roads Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Public Roads, which tabled the bill.
HB 141 1-19-1885 To repeal Chapter 130 of the Code, which permits discrimination in public transportation & facilities Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which recommended rejection; rejected on third reading 2-27
HB 655 3-19-1885 To license and regulate life and accident insurance companies in Tennessee Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill 3-28-1885.

Bills introduced by Samuel A. McElwee

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 13 1-9-1885 To build a hospital for the insane in West Tennessee Adopted and engrossed 1-29
HB 34 1-9-1885 To repeal Section 2437a of the Code Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, rejected on third reading 2-11
HJR 9 1-9-1885 To request US Congress to support the Blair Education Bill, to provide state education grants in proportion to illiteracy The resolution survived a motion to table it, but in the next vote was postponed indefinitely
HB 96 1-14-1885 To amend Section 5299 of the Code by increasing the amount from $1.50 to $2.00 Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill 2-25-1885
HR 88 2-17-1885 To appoint a committee to investigate the circumstances concerning the admission of black students at the University of TN Adopted, with an amendment making this task the duty of a committee already appointed
HB 495 2-18-1885 “To protect married women and their children” (no further information – bill is missing from collection) Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, withdrawn by sponsor 2-28
HB 539 1-21-1885 “To foster and encourage savings among the laboring classes” (no further information – bill is missing from collection) Passed first and second reading, referred to Finance Committee; no further references to bill
HJR 151 4-4-1885 To permit black cadets to attend the University of TN Amended to allow the cadets to attend Fisk University instead


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