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42nd General Assembly Extraordinary Session, 1882

May 5, 1882

Mr. [Norris] introduced House Bill No. 1, To amend an act entitled an act to prevent discrimination by railroad companies among passengers who are charged and pay first-class passage, and fixing penalty for the violation thereof.

May 10, 1882

House Bill No. 1, To amend an act entitled an act to prevent discriminations by railroad companies among passengers who are charged and pay first-class fare, and fixing penalty for violation of same.

Passed second reading and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

May 17, 1882

House Bill No. 1, To amend an act entitled an act to prevent discriminations by railroad companies among passengers who are charged and pay first-class fare, and fixing penalty for violation of same.

The Judiciary Committee recommended the following amendment:  Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the following:

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That all persons who purchase tickets for first-class passenger rates shall be entitled to enter and occupy first-class passenger cars, and shall be the duty of all railroad passengers accommodations, equal in all respects in comfort and convenience to first-class cars in the train, and subject to the same rules governing other first-class cars.

Section 2.  Be it further enacted that upon the failure of any railroad company located or operating in the State to have the provisions of this act strictly enforced by their employees, such railroad companies shall forfeit and pay the sum of $1,000 (one thousand dollars), to be recovered before any court having jurisdiction thereof, one-half to go to the party aggrieved by such failure, and the other half to the common school fund.

Section 3.  Be it further enacted, That the act approved on April 7th, 1881, entitled an act to prevent discrimination by railroad companies among persons charged, and paying first-class passenger fares, and fixing penalty for the violation of the same, be so amended as to be in conformity with the provisions of this act, and that all laws and parts of laws in conflict with provisions of this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

Section 4.  Be it further enacted, That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.

Mr. Butler moved to strike out section 4 of the amendment, which prevailed.

Mr. Martin, of Weakley, offered the following amendment to the amendment:

Section 4.  Be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect three months from the day of its passage, which was adopted.

Mr. Haynes offered the following amendment to the amendment:  Strike out “one thousand” in section 2 and insert “two hundred and fifty.”

Mr. Cassels moved to lay the amendment on the table, which prevailed.

Mr. Haynes moved to amend the amendment by striking out “one thousand” in section 2 and inserting “three hundred,” which was adopted.

Mr. Kennedy offered the following amendment to the amendment:  Amend by striking out that part giving one half of the penalty to the prosecutor, and let the entire penalty go to the public school fund.

Mr. Vernon moved to lay said amendment on the table, which was lost on a call of the ayes and noes . . . [Names are listed.]

Mr. Eaton demanded the previous question on the adoption of the amendment as amended, which was seconded, and the amendment as amended was adopted.

The bill as amended passed third reading by the following vote:

Representatives voting aye: . . . 52  [Boyd, Cassels, and Norris vote aye.]
Representatives voting no: . . . 11  [Sykes votes no.]

Mr. Norris moved to reconsider the vote passing the bill.  On motion of Mr. Vernon, the motion to reconsider was laid on the table.


 

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