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42nd General Assembly , 1881-1882

 

42nd Tennessee General Assembly

Composite photograph of Tennessee
House of Representatives,
42nd General Assembly, 1881-1882,
TSLA Collection.

African American Legislators and Committee Assignments

 

Bills introduced by J. W. Boyd

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 194 1-26-1881 Security for costs of lawsuits Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, tabled 2-23
HB 455 2-23-1881 Increases exemption from seizure or attachment Adopted; enrolled 4-4-1881

 

Bills introduced by T. F. Cassels

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 32 1-11-1881 To control fees allowed to District
Attorneys
Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which recommended passage, then later recommended rejection; no further references
HB 73 1-12-1881 To prohibit extramarital sex between white men and black women Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which recommended passage; passed second reading; Rejected Mar. 24
HB 74 1-12-1881 To levy taxes in Shelby County for 1881-1882 Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Incorporations, which recommended rejection; laid on table on second reading
HB 137 1-17-1881 Job description of Supt. Of Public Roads & Bridges, including supervision of convicts Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Public Roads, which tabled the bill
HB 224 2-2-1881 To amend criminal code, repeal statute on punishment Passed first and second reading, withdrawn by author for amendment; no further references
HB 312 2-17-1881 To repeal law which punishes sellers who fail to deliver cotton or other product on order Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which recommended passage; passed second reading; no further references
HB 419 2-22-1881 To specify record keeping and notification duties of coroners Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill
HB 478 2-24-1881 To compensate victims of mob violence Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which tabled the bill
HB 588 3-12-1881 To pay debts owed to Memphis city employees and creditors after the bankrupt city lost its charter (1879) Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Finance, Ways, and Means, which tabled the bill
HB 654 3-23-1881 To repeal sections of the Code in re champerty and maintenance Passed first and second reading, no further action

 

Bills introduced by I. F. Norris

Bill Date Subject Action
HB 33 1-11-1881 To repeal a law concerning labor contracts Adopted; engrossed 2-25-1881
HB 166 1-22-1881 To pay military for services in Memphis during epidemic Passed first reading, referred to Committee on Claims; amended; no further action
HB 276 2-15-1881 To provide accommodations for black students at UT Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; passed second reading, referred to Committee on Education and Common Schools, which tabled the bill
HB 308 2-17-1881 To permit farmers to sell cotton by the bale without interference Passed first and second reading, referred to Committee on Agriculture and Manufacture, which tabled the bill
HB 457 2-23-1881 To restrict Justices of the Peace from acting as attorneys in certain cases Passed first and second reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which returned it without recommendation; no further action
HB 510 2-26-1881 To repeal a law in re securing the wages of laborers Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which returned it without recommendation; passed second reading; no further action
HB 563 3-10-1881 To permit justices to deputize citizens as constables in special situations Adopted; engrossed 4-20-1881
HB 577 3-11-1881 To repeal a law requiring persons convicted of misdemeanors to work out the costs of conviction Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, which returned it without recommendation; passed second reading; no further action
HB 682 3-30-1881 To prevent discrimination by railroads against any passenger paying first class fare Passed first reading; passed second reading; no further action

 

Bills introduced by T. A. Sykes

Bill Date Subject Action
HJR 18 1-11-1881 To appoint a joint committee to oversee the Governor’s inauguration Adopted 1-14-1881
HB 70 1-12-1881 To repeal Chapter 130 which permits discrimination by railroads, hotels, and public entertainment Passed first and second reading; referred to Judiciary Committee; rejected on third reading 3-10-1881
HB 135 1-17-1881 To appoint a commission to study and purchase a new penitentiary Passed first, second, and third readings in the House; Engrossed 3-23-1881; Passed first and second reading in the Senate; Failed April 4.
HJR 48 2-15-1881 To instruct the penitentiary commission to examine sanitary conditions at the penitentiary Laid on the table 2-16-1881
HB 289 2-16-1881 To admit black students into the School for the Blind, and the School for the Deaf & Dumb, in separate accommodations Adopted; Engrossed 3-30-1881
HB 326 2-17-1881 To require trustees of UT to admit qualified applicants regardless of race Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee, where it was tabled
HB 560 3-10-1881 To provide for more equitable jury selection Passed first reading, referred to Judiciary Committee; passed second reading; no further action