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Joint Comm. on Payment of Representatives. Report, 1825
Apparently, jurisdictions could send more representatives to the General Court than were allowed by usual rule of one representative to X population.
How were these people to be paid? An 1825 House Committee was created to study the problem and the Senate put people on the Committee as well. An
undated report from the group said it was inexpedient to change the salaries of the Representatives without reimbursement from over-represented towns.
The Senate read the report on June 8, 1825 and the House read it the next day. A Select Committee received the Joint Committee report. The Select
Committee decided it was expedient to pay the Representatives via a complicated formula. Half of the towns that were constitutionally entitled to send
?Representatives to the General Court would be paid from the public purse, unless a jurisdiction was only entitled to one Representative. In that
case, that person would be paid from the Treasury. The Select Committee presented an undated Act with the first two sections the same as the report.
Beginning with Section 3, things became difficult. All the towns in one county with Representatives were alphabetized and divided into classes. The
first class would be paid by the Treasury in 1826, the second class in 1827, and so on. Perhaps this was to ease into the sizable sums required for
salaries. Towns which chose to send more Representatives had to reimburse the Treasury for the salaries. However, an undated amendment was presented: it
was expedient to pay for 200 Representatives from the public purse, so each jurisdiction would receive a proportion of the available funds and had to
make up any difference itself. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Ordered, that Messrs. Simmons, of Roxbury, Slocum, of Dartmouth, Phillips, of Salem, with such as the Hon. Senate may join, be a committee to consider whether any, and what provisions can be made by law for paying the members, of the House of Representatives out of the public chest, without inducing an unnecessary increase of members or impairing any constitutional rights, with leave to report by resolve or otherwise.
OCLC Number:   1381147651
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