United States Nineteenth Amendment and Edmunds Tucker Act

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution secured the right to vote to women.

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Session 5305: 1887-02-15 12:00:00

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Detailed Statement of the Conferees of the House

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The House conferees on the committee on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the Senate bill No.10, being an act entitled "An act to amend section 5352 of the Revised Statutes of the United States in reference to bigamy, and for other purposes," approved March 22, 1882, beg leave to submit the following detailed statement, showing the effect of such amendments as have been agreed to, with conference report herewith submitted. The House struck out all of the Senate bill after the enacting clause and substituted its own bill, and on that vote the conference was had.

The bill as agreed upon by the conference committee differs somewhat in form from either the Senate or the House bills. It contains certain verbal changes which need not be explained. The material changes from the House bill are as follows:

In section 2, line 7, before the word "oath," the word "the," and in line 8 the words "of at least two credible persons in writing" have been stricken out, it being thought best to leave to the court the quantum of evidence necessary to show the unwillingness of a witness to appear. In that section we also left out in lines 15 and 16 the words "before any commissioner, judge, justice, or court of the United States," because as the witness was arrested for immediate attendance on the court, it was thought best that he should enter into recognizance before that court for his appearance.

To the ninth section of the House bill we added the provision of the Senate as to unlawful sexual intercourse between two married persons. This the House bill had not provided for.

Section 11 of the House bill was left out, because it was deemed unnecessary.

Section 13 of the House bill was left out, because, this being only an amendment to a former statute, section 13 was unnecessary.

Section 16 of the House bill has been amended by requiring the surplus of the property of the corporations therein mentioned, not provided for in the bill, or decreed to those entitled thereto by the courts, shall be used for school purposes in said Territory.

Section 17 of the House bill has been left out as unnecessary, the law now controlling writs of error from the supreme court in the cases of bigamy or polygamy or of any offense under the act March 22, 1882, is not affected by this act.

Section 18 of the House bill has been changed by leaving out to all religious societies, sects, or congregations so much real property for the erection or use of houses of worship, and for such parsonages as shall be necessary for their convenience and use, the title to be in trustees named by them.

Section 21 of House bill, annulling legislation as to water, timber, or herd rights has been left out because the conference committee did not know the full possible effect of that section, and because it is believed that existing law furnishes an adequate remedy for any illegal act done in the premises.

In section 22, House bill, the conference committee in section 1, which defines the terms "lawful wife," believe it best to leave that matter to the courts. Sections 26 and 27 of the House bill were so amended as to strike out all the authority therein granted as to the appointment of officers in said Territory except that the President of the United States, by and with the consent of the Senate, is required to appoint a probate judge in each county.



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