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To Fund the Indebtedness of the State, existing in the form of State
Controller's Warrants, drawn upon the Treasurer of State between the thirtieth day of June, A. D., 1853, and the first day of July, A. D, 1855.
(Approved March 16, 1855.)
The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows :
To fund the
Section 1. That for the purpose of funding so much of the indebtedness of the State as has accrued, and remains unpaid since the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, and so much as may accrue up to the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, as evidenced by State Controller's Warrants drawn upon the Treasurer of State, and thereafter to collect the revenue of the State in gold and silver only: The Treasurer of State shall cause to be prepared bonds to an amount not exceeding seven hundred thousand dollars of the denominations of one hundred, five hundred, and one thousand dollars, bearing interest at the rate of seven per cent. per annum from the day of their issue, payable in the cities of New York or San Francisco or at the State Treasurer's office, at the option of the party or parties to whom such bonds are issued. On the first day of July one thousand eight bundred and
seventy, the interest accruing on the said bonds shall be due and Where payable. payable either in the cities of New York or San Francisco or at the
office of the Treasurer of State, on the first day of January and July of each year ; provided, that the first payment of the interest shall
not be made sooner than the first day of January, one thousand eight By whom
hundred and fifty-six. Said Bonds shall be signed by the Governor signed.
and countersigned by the Controller and endorsed by the Treasurer
of State, and shall have the Seal of State affixed thereto. Coupons.
Sec. 2. Coupons for the interest shall be attached to each bond, so that the coupon may be removed without injury or mutilation to the Bond. Said coupons, consecutively numbered, shall be signed by the Treasurer of State ; and it shall be his duty to advertise in one or more papers published in the city of New York and San Francisco, at least twenty days immediately preceeding the day on which the same shall be due, stating at what place or house the said interest
will be paid. Separate
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer and Controller of the State each to keep a separate record of all such bonds as may be issued, showing the number, date and amount of each bond, and to
whom the same was issued. Appropriation. Sec. 4. The sum of one thousand (1000) dollars is hereby ap
propriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to pay
may be incurred by the Treasurer in having said Bonds prepared.
Sec. 5. From and after the passage of this act, all persons hav- Bonds in lieu ing any indebtedness of this State in the
form of warrants drawn by the Controller of State, upon the State Treasurer, between the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, and the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, shall upon the presentation of the same to the Treasurer of the State of California, receive in exchange therefor a Bond or Bonds of the State of California, such as are provided for in the first section of this act. The Treasurer shall endorse on the back of each warrant so redeemed, the date on which he redeemed the saine, and from whom received : Date of
redeunption. he shall also keep a record of the same, giving the number of the warrant, date of the same, and the amount. And the Treasurer shall liquidate none of the aforesaid indebtedness of the State, but in the manner herein provided, udless otherwise directed by future enactments : provided, this act shall not prevent or affect the payment Proviso. of warrants issued under “ An Act requiring the Controller to audit certain bills of the members and officers of the present Legislature,” finally passed on the first of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.
Sec. 6. For the payment of the principal and interest of the Interest. Bouds issued under this Act, there shall be levied and collected annually, in the same manner as is provided by law now in force, or which may hereafter be enacted, a tax of six cents on each hundred dollars of taxable property in the State, in addition to the taxes for general state purposes : and the fund derived from this tax shall be set apart fand to be and applied to the payment of the interest accruing on the Bonds, herein provided for, and the final redemption of the principal of said bonds. And the faith of the State of California is hereby Faith of State pledged for the payment of the bonds issued by virtue of this Act, pledged. and the interest thereon; and if necessary to provide other and ample means for the payment thereof.
Sec. 7. Whenever on the first day of January or July, one thou- Surplus. sand eight hundred and fifty-six, or upon the first day of January or July in any subsequent year, there remains a surplus, after the payments of the interest as hereinbefore provided, of ten thousand dollars or more, it shall be the duty of the Treasurer to advertise for the space of one month, in two newspapers published in English, in the city of San Francisco, and two newspapers published in English in the city of New York, for sealed proposals, for the surrender of Surrender Bonds issued in accordance with this Act, in such quantity as the holder may desire, not exceeding the amount to be redeemed. He Purport of shall state in said advertisement the amount of money that he has on hand for the purpose of redemption, and be shall accept such proposal at rates not exceeding par value, as may redeem at the lowest rates named for the Bonds, until the amount of cash on hand for redemption is exhausted.
Sec. 8. Full and particular account and record shall be kept by Recont of the Treasurer, of the condition of the funds collected, in accordance funds collected. with the provisions of this Act, open at all times to the inspection of the Governor and Controller, and to any Committee appointed by the Legislature or either branch thereof.
Sec. 9. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer of this State to Interest. make arrangements for the payment of the interest of the said Bonds, when the same falls due ; and in the event said “Interest Fund” is insufficient, the said Treasurer sball make up the deficiency from the
Bonds of employees.
“ General Fund,” and in the event of the insufficiency of the “General Fund,” the said Treasurer is authorized and required to make such contracts and arrangements as may be necessary for the payment of said interest, and the protection of the credit of the State.
Sec. 10. It shall be the duty of the Governor and Controller to attend at least once in each month at the Treasurer's office to examine all warrants received by the Treasurer as aforesaid, and to cause the same to be registered and cancelled in such manner as to prevent them from being re-issued or put in circulation.
Sec. 11. The Treasurer of State, having occasion to employ or trust any person or persons in or about the business devolved upon him by the provisions of this Act, shall take for his own security, and for the security of the State, such security by Bond and Mortgage or otherwise, as shall be approved by the Governor, which bonds and mortgages so approved by the Governor, upon the default of the obligor or mortgagor may be prosecuted in the name of the obligor for his own use, or for the State.
Sec. 12. The Treasurer of the State shall transmit to the Governor an abstract of all his proceedings under this Act with his annual report, to be by the Governor laid before the Legislature ; and all books and papers pertaining to the matter, provided for in this Act, shall at all times be open to the inspection of any party interested, or to any Committee of either branch of the Legislature, or a joint Committee of both.
Abstract of proceedings.
To prohibit Barbarous and Noisy Amusements on the Christian
(Approved March 16, 1855.)
The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and As
sembly, do enact as follows:
Certain amusements a misdemeancr.
Section 1. All barbarous and noisy amusements on the Sabbath are hereby prohibited
Sec. 2. Any person who shall get up, or aid in getting up, or opening of any bull, bear, cock or prize fight, horse race, circus, theatre, bowling alley, gambling house, room or saloon, or any place of barbarous or noisy amusements on the Sabbath, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not less than fifty por more than five hundred dollars.
Sec. 3. Any person who shall purchase any ticket, or pay any admission fee to any of the places of amusement named in the second sec
tion of this Act, for the purpose of attending the same on the Sabbath, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, Penalty, shall be punished by fine not less than ten por more than fifty dollars.
SEC 4. Justices of the Peace shall have jurisdiction in all arising under the provisions of this Act.
EC. 5. This Act shall take effect on and after the first day of June, Take effect. one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.
To create a Board of Supervisors in the Counties of this State,
and to define their duties and powers.
[Approved March 20, 1855.)
The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. There shall be in each of the counties of this State a Creation. Board of Supervisors, to consist of three members, to be elected and to possess such qualifications and have such powers as hereinafter given; provided, that in the counties of Los Angeles, Tuolumne, Placer, Ala- Provisos. meda and Yuba, said Board shall consist of five members; and further provided, that this Act shall not apply to such counties of this State have, or hereafter may have, Boards of Supervisors provided by special enactment.
Sec. 2. Said Supervisors shall be qualified electors of their respect. How elected. ire counties, and shall be elected at the next general election, and at the general electiou annually thereafter; they shall enter on their duties on the first Monday of the month subsequent to their election, and shall Term of office. hold their office one year, or until their successors are elected and qualified; but no county or township officer shall be eligible to the office of Supervisor; and provided, that in all those counties where no Board of Proviso. Supervisors now exists, the County Clerk, the County Assessor and the County Surveyor shall constitute a special board, who shall, previous to the first election herein provided for, divide the county into a number of districts corresponding with the number of Supervisors to be elected; but in such divisions no township shall be divided unless said township shall contain an incorporated city or town; and the qualified electors of each district so formed shall elect only one supervisor, who shall be a resident of that district; and the Board of Supervisors in these counties shall have authority at their last session before the general election in Authority. each year, to change the boundaries of the districts in their said
Sec. 3. In each of the counties, except the county of Contra Costa, where no Board of Supervisors now exists, there shall be an election
Term of othce.
held for Supervisors on the second Monday in April, A. D. one thousand
office until the next
sage of this Act, Meetings.
SEC. 4. The regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors shall be held at the county seat of their respective counties, on the first Mondays of May, August, November and February, and shall continue from time to time, until all the business before them is disposed of. The Board shall also meet on the second Monday after each general election, to
canvass election returns.
ing, the business of the county shall require a meeting of the Board, a
action of business, and all sessions of the Board shall be public. They Chairman and sball elect one of their number as Chairman of the Board, and the County
Clerk shall be Clerk thereof. The Clerk shall keep a full and com.
of the Board and the Clerk. Compensation.
Sec. 7. The Clerk sball receive a compensation for his services, to be fixed by the Board, (in no case to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars a year,) and no fee or other compensation whatever shall be allowed the Clerk for any service connected with the proceedings or business of the
Board of Supervisors; provided, that in the counties of El Dorado,
Nevada, Placer, Tuolunue and Yuba, a greater allowance to the Clerk