U.S. Supreme Court
Harwood v. Wentworth, 162 U.S. 547 (1896)
Harwood v. Wentworth
Submitted March 9, 1896
Decided April 13, 1896
162 U.S. 547
APPEAL FROM THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE TERRITORY OF ARIZONA
The Act of March 21, 1895, classifying the counties of the Territory of Arizona and fixing the compensation of the officers therein (Laws 1895, p. 68), purports on its face to be an act of that territory, to have been approved on the 21st of March, 1895, and the original is filed with, and is in the custody of the Secretary of the territory; is signed by the Governor as approved by him; is signed by the President of the Territorial Legislative Council as duly passed by that body, and is signed by the Speaker of the Territorial House of Representatives as duly passed by that body. Held that, having been thus officially attested, and approved, and committed to the custody of the Secretary of the territory as an act passed by the territorial legislature, that act is to be taken as having been enacted in the mode required by law, and to be unimpeachable by recitals or omissions of recitals in the journals of legislative proceedings which are not required by the fundamental law of the territory to be so kept as to show everything done in both branches of the legislature while engaged in the consideration of bills presented for their action.
Field v. Clark, 143 U. S. 649, considered, affirmed, and applied to this case as decisive of it.
That act is not a local or special act within the meaning of the Act of Congress of July 30, 1886, c. 818, 24 Stat. 170.
This is a contest as to the right to exercise the functions of the office of County Recorder of Cochise County, Territory of Arizona.
The defendant in error filed in the District Court of the First Judicial District of that territory, holden in Cochise County, a petition alleging that at a general election held in Arizona on the 6th day of November, 1894, he was duly elected to the office of County Recorder of Cochise County, and thereafter, having first duly chanrobles.com-red
qualified, entered upon the discharge of his duties as such officer; that that county at the time of such election, was what is denominated as a "first-class" county of the territory; that at a regular meeting of the board of supervisors of the county, he was duly elected and appointed to the office of clerk of that board, and, having qualified, entered upon the duties of the office; that thereafter, on or about March 21, 1895, the Legislative Assembly of Arizona, for the purpose of classifying the counties of the territory and fixing the compensation of county officers, passed an act entitled "An act classifying the counties of the territory, and fixing the compensation of the officers therein," which was approved March 21, 1895, by the Governor of the territory, and went into effect thirty days after its passage, namely, on the 21st day of April, 1895, and that, according to the provisions of the act, Cochise County became and is a county of the third class, and its recorder clerk ex officio of the board of supervisors.
The plaintiff averred in his petition that as recorder he was, and had been since April 21, 1895, ex officio clerk of the board of supervisors, and as such entitled to the possession of the books, papers, records, seals, and documents pertaining to that office, but the same were in the hands of the defendant, Harwood, who, upon demand duly made, refused to deliver them to the plaintiff.
The prayer of the petition was that a writ of mandamus be issued commanding the defendant to forthwith deliver all of said books, papers, records, seal, and other documents to the plaintiff, as Recorder of Cochise County and ex officio clerk of said board of supervisors; that plaintiff be adjudged to be such recorder and clerk, and that the defendant be enjoined and restrained from exercising or performing any of the duties of that office.
The petition having been supported by the plaintiff's affidavit, an alternative mandamus was directed to be issued commanding the defendant to deliver to the plaintiff all the books, papers, etc., pertaining to the office of Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of Cochise County or to show cause by a day named why the writ should not be made final and peremptory in the premises.
The defendant Harwood averred that the act referred to in the plaintiff's petition, referred to in the record as "House Bill No. 9," was not a law; that the same did not pass the legislative assembly as alleged; that that act, "as the same passed both houses of said legislative assembly," contained a clause chanrobles.com-red
that it should not take effect and be in force before January 1, 1897; that that clause or section was stricken out, omitted, and taken from the act after the same had passed both houses of the assembly, but is a part of the act; that there was also a clause that "all acts or parts of acts in conflict with this act are hereby repealed," and that that clause was also omitted and stricken out in the same way, and that "the said alleged act was not duly passed by the legislative assembly, or by either house thereof, and that the same is not a law."
By consent of the parties, the case was tried by the court upon a stipulation as to the facts and without a jury.
It was agreed by the parties that the Act of March 21, 1895, as it appears in the printed laws of Arizona for 1895, is filed with, and is in the custody of, the Secretary of the territory, and is signed as it appears in those laws to be signed, namely, by the Governor, the Speaker of the house, and the President of the Council.
The affidavits of A. J. Doran and J. H. Carpenter, and also the affidavits of Charles D. Reppy and Charles F. Hoff, with the exhibits attached thereto, were read in evidence, and were treated as containing a true statement of the journals and proceedings of both houses, and of the facts stated in them, subject to the objection by the plaintiff that the enrolled bill, signed by the Governor and lodged with the Secretary of the territory, could not be attacked by any evidence.
The witness Doran stated that he was President of the Council of the legislative assembly of the territory; that the session terminated March 21; that it was his custom as President to sign bills when presented to him by the chairman of the enrolling and engrossing committee of either house; that it had been the practice to so sign bills when presented, whether the Council was in session or not, though ordinarily it would be done when the Council was in session; that if signed when the Council was in session, there was no formality gone through with; that the attention of the Council was not called to the fact that the President was about to sign the bill, nor was its business interrupted for the purpose of signing the bill, nor was a member who was speaking interrupted, and chanrobles.com-red
that it was simply handed up to the President, and he would sign his name and hand it back.
The witness Carpenter, who was Speaker of the House of Representatives of the legislative assembly of the territory, testified:
"That the session terminated on March 21. It was the universal custom for him, as such Speaker, to sign bills when presented to affiant by the chairman of the enrolling and engrossing committee of either house. That affiant so signed them without reading them, or without comparing them in any manner, and that, as a matter of fact, he did not compare anyone bill signed by him, before he signed it. It was his custom, and it has been the practice, to sign bills when presented whether the house was in session or not. If signed when the house was in session, there was no formality gone through with. The attention of the house was not called to the fact that the Speaker was about to sign a bill, nor was the business of the house interrupted for the purpose of signing bills, nor was a member who was speaking interrupted. The facts are that a bill was simply handed up to the Speaker, and he would simply sign his name and hand it back."
He also stated that "he is certain that house bill No. 9, when it passed the house, contained a clause that it should go into effect January 1, 1897."
Hoff and Reppy were chief clerks, respectively, of the Council and House of Representatives of the territorial legislative assembly, by which the said Act of March 21, 1895, purported to have been passed. Referring to the original bill and to the numerous endorsements or minutes thereon made by them respectively, each witness stated that the bill, as it passed the body of which he was an officer, and therefore as it passed both houses, contained the clause, "This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1st, 1897." Consequently, according to their evidence, the omission of that clause from the bill occurred after it passed both houses, and while it was in the hands of the committee on enrollment.
Upon these facts, the court found the issues for the plaintiff, and its judgment was affirmed in the supreme court of the territory. chanrobles.com-red
The statutes of the United States, as well as the statutes of the Territory of Arizona, which bear more or less upon the present controversy are, for convenience, given in the margin. * chanrobles.com-red
MR. JUSTICE HARLAN, after stating the facts in the foregoing language, delivered the opinion of the court.
That which purports to be an act of the Legislature of the Territory of Arizona, entitled "An act classifying the counties of the territory and fixing the compensation of officers therein," and to have been approved by the Governor on the 21st day of May, 1895, not only appears in the published laws of the territory, but is filed with and in the custody of the Secretary of the territory, and is signed, the parties agree, by the Governor, the President of the territorial Legislative Council, and the Speaker of the territorial House of Representatives.
Is it competent to show, by evidence derived from the journals of the Council and House of Representatives, as kept by their respective chief clerks, from the endorsements or minutes made by those clerks on the original bill while it was in the possession of the two branches of the legislature, and from the recollection of the officers of each body, that this act, thus in the custody of the territorial Secretary, and authenticated by the signatures of the Governor, President of the Council, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, chanrobles.com-red
contained, at the time of its final passage, provisions that were omitted from it without authority of the Council or the house before it was presented to the Governor for his approval?
Upon the authority of Field v. Clark, 143 U. S. 649, 143 U. S. 671 et seq., this question must be answered in the negative. That case, in its essential features, does not differ from the one now before the Court. It was claimed in that case that a certain provision or section was in the Act of Congress of October 1, 1890, c. 1244, 26 Stat. 567, as it passed, but was omitted without authority from the bill or act authenticated by the signatures of the presiding officers of the two houses of Congress and approved by the President. What was said in that case is directly applicable, in principle, to the present case. After observing that the constitution expressly required certain matters to be entered on the journal, and waiving any expression of opinion as to the validity of a legislative enactment passed in disregard of that requirement, the Court said:
"But it is clear that in respect to the particular mode in which, or with what fullness, shall be kept the proceedings of either house relating to matters not expressly required to be entered upon the journals -- whether bills, orders, resolutions, reports, and amendments shall be entered at large on the journal, or only referred to and designated by their titles or by numbers -- these and like matters were left to the discretion of the respective houses of Congress. Nor does any clause of that instrument, either expressly or by necessary implication, prescribe the mode in which the fact of the original passage of a bill by the House of Representatives and the Senate shall be authenticated, or preclude Congress from adopting any mode to that end which its wisdom suggests. Although the Constitution does not expressly require bills that have passed Congress to be attested by the signature of the presiding officers of the two houses, usage, the orderly conduct of legislative proceedings, and the rules under which the two bodies have acted since the organization of the government require that mode of authentication."
"The signing by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and by the President of the Senate, in open session, of an enrolled
bill is an official attestation by the two houses of such bill as one that has passed Congress. It is a declaration by the two houses, through their presiding officers, to the President, that a bill thus attested has received, in due form, the sanction of the legislative branch of the government, and that it is delivered to him in obedience to the constitutional requirement that all bills which pass Congress shall be presented to him. And when a bill thus attested receives his approval, and is deposited in the public archives, its authentication as a bill that has passed Congress should be deemed complete and unimpeachable. As the President has no authority to approve a bill not passed by Congress, an enrolled act in the custody of the Secretary of State, and having the official attestations of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, of the President of the Senate, and of the President of the United States, carries on its face a solemn assurance by the legislative and executive departments of the government, charged, respectively, with the duty of enacting and executing the laws, that it was passed by Congress. The respect due to coequal and independent departments requires the judicial department to act upon that assurance and to accept as having passed Congress all bills authenticated in the manner stated, leaving the courts to determine, when the question properly arises, whether the act so authenticated is in conformity with the Constitution."
It is said that although an enrolled act, properly authenticated, is sufficient, nothing to the contrary appearing on its face, to show that it was passed by the territorial legislature, it cannot possibly be -- that public policy forbids -- that the judiciary should be required to accept as a statute of the territory that which may be shown not to have been passed in the form in which it was when authenticated by the signatures of the presiding officers of the territorial legislature and of the Governor. This, it is contended, makes it possible for these officers to impose upon the people, as a law, something that never in fact received legislative sanction. Considering a similar contention in Field v. Clark, the Court said:
"But this possibility is too remote to be seriously considered in the present
inquiry. It suggests a deliberate conspiracy, to which the presiding officers, the committees on enrolled bills, and the clerks of the two houses must necessarily be parties, all acting with a common purpose to defeat an expression of the popular will in the mode prescribed by the Constitution. Judicial action based upon such a suggestion is forbidden by the respect due to a coordinate branch of the government. The evils that may result from the recognition of the principle that an enrolled act, in the custody of the Secretary of the state, attested by the signatures of the presiding officers of the two houses of Congress, and the approval of the President, is conclusive evidence that it was passed by Congress according to the forms of the Constitution would be far less than those that would certainly result from a rulemaking the validity of congressional enactments depend upon the manner in which the journals of the respective houses are kept by the subordinate officers charged with the duty of keeping them."
These observations are entirely applicable to the present case.
But it may be added that if the principle announced in Field v. Clark involves any element of danger to the public, it is competent for Congress to meet that danger by declaring under what circumstances or by what kind of evidence an enrolled act of Congress or of a territorial legislature, authenticated as required by law, and in the hands of the officer or department to whose custody it is committed by statute, may be shown not to be in the form in which it was when passed by Congress or by the territorial legislature.
It is difficult to imagine a case that would more clearly demonstrate the soundness of the rule recognized in Field v. Clark than the case now under examination. The President of the Council and the Speaker of the House of Representatives state that it was not "the custom," when an enrolled bill was presented for signature, to call the attention of their respective bodies to the fact that such bill was about to be signed; that the bill was simply handed up, when it would be signed and handed back, without formality and without interrupting legislative proceedings. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, in addition, stated that he was certain that the original chanrobles.com-red
bill, when it passed that body, contained a clause that it should go into effect on the 1st day of January, 1897. But what made him so certain of, or how he was able to recall, that fact is not stated.
Equally unsatisfactory as proof of what occurred in the territorial legislature are the endorsements made by the chief clerks of the Council and the house upon the original bill. The endorsements made by the chief clerk of the house are as follows:
"Introduced by Mr. Fish January 28th 1895; read 1st time; rules suspended; read 2d time by title; 100 copies ordered printed and referred to committee on judiciary. Reported printed, 2, 5, '95 -- Reported by committee amended and recommended that it do pass as amended. Referred to committee of whole with report of committee and its amendments, 2, 7, '95 -- Considered in committee of whole, amended, and reported back with recommendation that it do pass as amended, 2, 15, '95 -- Amendments adopted and 100 copies ordered printed, 2, 21, '95 -- Reported printed and ordered engrossed and to have third reading, 2, 28, '95 - Rep'd engrossed, read 3rd time, placed on final passage, and passed -- ayes, 17; noes, 6; absent, Brown, sick."
The endorsements made by the chief clerk of the Council were these:
"Rec'd from house; read first time; rule suspended; read 2d time by title; referred to com. on ways and means, 2, 28, '95 - Rep't back that it be referred to a com. of the whole; rep'd adopted and made sp'c'l order for Tuesday, March the 12th at 2 p.m., 3, 7, '95. Made sp'c'l order for 4 p.m. this day, 3, 16, '95. Considered in com. of whole; rep't back; progress, 3, 18, '95. Considered in committee of the whole; amendment, no. 1 and no. 2 offered and adopted. Ordered to have third reading, 3, 19, '95. Read third time; placed upon its final passage and passed Council. Taken to house, 3, 20, '95."
"3, 20, '95, house. Rec'd by message; amended in Council; amendments concurred by house; ordered enrolled, 3, 21, '95 - Rep't enr'd and in hands of Governor."
These endorsements in themselves throw no light upon the inquiry as to whether the particular clause, alleged to have beer omitted was in fact stricken out by the direction of the Council and house. chanrobles.com-red
They show, it is true, that amendments of the original bill were made, but not what was the nature of those amendments. If it be said that certain amendments are attached to the original bill, and are attested by one of the clerks, the answer is that other amendments may have been made that were not thus preserved. It was not required that each amendment should be entered at large on the journal.
If there be danger, under the principles announced in Field v. Clark, that the Governor and the presiding officers of the two houses of a territorial legislature may impose upon the people an act that was never passed in the form in which it is preserved by the secretary of the territory, and as it appears in the published statutes, how much greater is the danger of permitting the validity of a legislative enactment to be questioned by evidence furnished by the general endorsements made by clerks upon bills previous to their final passage and enrollment -- endorsements usually so expressed as not to be intelligible to anyone except those who made them, and the scope and effect of which cannot in many cases be understood, unless supplemented by the recollection of clerks as to what occurred in the hurry and confusion often attendant upon legislative proceedings.
We see no reason to modify the principles announced in Field v. Clark, and therefore hold that, having been officially attested by the presiding officers of the territorial Council and House of Representatives, having been approved by the Governor, and having been committed to the custody of the Secretary of the territory as an act passed by the territorial legislature, the Act of March 21, 1895, is to be taken to have been enacted in the mode required by law, and to be unimpeachable by the recitals, or omission of recitals, in the journals of legislative proceedings, which are not required by the fundamental law of the territory to be so kept as to show everything done in both branches of the legislature while engaged in a consideration of bills presented for their action.
It remains to consider whether that act is repugnant to the Act of Congress of July 30, 1886, c. 818, 24 Stat. 170, entitled chanrobles.com-red
"An act to prohibit the passage of local or special laws in the territories of the United States to limit territorial indebtedness, and for other purposes."
That act declares that the legislatures of the territories of the United States shall not pass local or special laws in any of the following, among other, enumerated cases:
"Regulating county and township affairs; . . . for the assessment and collection of taxes for territorial, county, township or road purposes; . . . creating, increasing or decreasing fees, percentage or allowances of public officers during the term for which said officers are elected."
The territorial act alleged to be repugnant to the act of Congress is declared to be "for the purpose of fixing the compensation of county officers" of the territory, and, to that end, all the counties of the territory are classified according to the equalized assessed valuation of property in each county. County treasurers, district attorneys, county recorders, assessors, and probate judges are to receive salaries of specified amounts, as the counties of which they are officers are in one or the other of the six classes established. In other words, the salaries of officers in each class are specified; the largest salary that each can receive being that named for a county of the first class having an equalized assessed valuation of property of three million dollars or more, and the smallest that each can receive being that named for counties of the sixth class, having an equalized assessed valuation of property of less than one million dollars. Laws of Arizona, 1895, p. 68.
We are of the opinion that the territorial act is not a local or special law within the meaning of the act of Congress. It is true that the practical effect of the former is to establish higher salaries for the particular officers named, in some counties, than for the same class of officers in other counties. But that does not make it a local or special law. The act is general in its operation; it applies to all counties in the territory; it prescribes a rule for the stated compensation of certain public officers; no officer of the classes named is exempted from its operation, and there is such a relation chanrobles.com-red
between the salaries fixed for each class of counties, and the equalized assessed valuation of property in them, respectively, as to show that the act is not local and special in any just sense, but is general in its application to the whole territory, and designed to establish a system for compensating county officers that is not intrinsically unjust nor capable of being applied for purposes merely local or special. It is not always easy to fix a basis for the salaries of county officers so as to compensate them fairly for their services, and yet be just to taxpayers. Certainly those named in the territorial act of 1895 ought not to receive as much compensation for services in a county having a few people, and in which a small amount of taxes is collectible, as in a populous county, in which a large amount of taxes is colletible. The services performed by such officers in the latter class of counties would necessarily be greater than those required in the former. The assessed valuation of property in a county furnishes a reasonable test of the character of the services required at the hands of county officers. At any rate, the adoption of such a test does not show that the act was designed to defeat the objects of Congress, nor that it is local or special legislation. If the territorial act is embraced by the act of Congress, and if the territory, by legislation of that kind, cannot fix the salaries of county officers, and thereby displace the system of fees, percentages, and allowances, it would follow that many county officers would receive compensation out of all proportion to the labor performed and the responsibility incurred by them. It seems to us that the act in question cannot be characterized as local or special, any more than an act which did not create, increase, or diminish fees, percentages, or allowances of public officers during the term for which they were elected or appointed, but which prospectively fixed their compensation upon the basis of a named percent of all the public moneys that passed through their hands. Could an act of the latter kind be regarded as local or special because, under its operation, officers in some counties would receive less than like officers would receive in other counties whose population was larger, and where business chanrobles.com-red
was heavier and property of larger value? We think not. And yet we should be obliged to hold otherwise if we approved the suggestion that the Territorial Act of March 21, 1895, was local or special simply because, under its operation, county treasurers, district attorneys, county recorders, assessors, and probate judges will receive larger salaries in some counties than like officers will receive in other counties.
In support of the appellant's contention, numerous adjudged cases have been cited. We have examined them, but do not find that they are in conflict with the conclusions reached by us in this case.
The judgment of the supreme court of the territory is
"STATUTES OF THE UNITED STATES"
"SEC. 1841. The executive power of each territory shall be vested in a Governor, who shall hold his office for four years, and until his successor is appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the President. . . ."
"SEC. 1842. Every bill which has passed the legislative assembly of any territory shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the Governor. If he approve, he shall sign it, but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to that house in which it originated, and that house shall enter the objections at large on its journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of that house agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other house, by which it shall be likewise reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of that house, it shall become a law. But in all such cases, the votes of both houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for or against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each house. If any bill is not returned by the Governor within three days, Sundays excluded, except in Washington and Wyoming, where the term is five days, Sundays excluded, after it has been presented to him, the same shall be a law in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the legislative assembly, by adjournment sine die, prevents its return, in which case it shall not be a law, provided that so much of this section as provides for making any bill passed by the legislative assembly of a territory a law without the approval of the Governor shall not apply to the Territories of Utah and Arizona."
"SEC. 1843. There shall be appointed a Secretary for each territory, who shall reside within the territory for which he is appointed and shall hold his office for four years and until his successor is appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the President. . . ."
"SEC. 1844. The Secretary shall record and preserve all the laws and proceedings of the legislative assembly and all the acts and proceedings of the Governor in the executive department; he shall transmit one copy of the laws and journals of the legislative assembly, within thirty days after the end of each session thereof, to the President, and two copies of the laws, within like time, to the President of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, for the use of Congress. He shall transmit one copy of the executive proceedings and official correspondence semiannually, on the first day of January and July in each year, to the President. He shall prepare the acts passed by the legislative assembly for publication, and furnish a copy thereof to the public printer of the territory within ten days after the passage of each act."
"SEC. 1846. The legislative power in each territory shall be vested in the Governor and a legislative assembly. The legislative assembly shall consist of a Council and House of Representatives. . . ."
"SEC. 1851. The legislative power of every territory shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States. . . ."
"SEC. 1861. The subordinate officers of each branch of every legislative assembly shall consist of one chief clerk, who shall receive a compensation of eight dollars per day, and of one assistant clerk, one enrolling clerk, one engrossing clerk, one sergeant-at-arms, one doorkeeper, one messenger, and one watchman, who shall receive a compensation of five dollars per day during the sessions, and no charge for a greater number of officers and attendants, or any larger per diem, shall be allowed or paid by the United States to any territory."
"Act of July 19, 1876, c. 212"
"By an Act of Congress approved July 19, 1876, entitled 'An act relating to the approval of bills in the Territory of Arizona' (Supp.R.S. c. 112, c. 212), it was provided:"
" Be it enacted, etc., that every bill which shall have passed the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Arizona shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the Governor of the territory; if he approve it, he shall sign it, but if he do not approve it, he shall return it, with his objections, to the house in which it originated, who shall enter the objections at large upon their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration, two-thirds of that house shall pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of that house, it shall become a law, the Governor's objection to the contrary notwithstanding; but in such case, the votes of both houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and be entered upon the journal of each house respectively. And if the Governor shall not return any bill presented to him for approval, after its passage by both houses of the legislative assembly within ten days (Sundays excepted) after such presentation, the same shall become a law in like manner as if the Governor had approved it, provided however that the assembly shall not have adjourned sine die during the ten days prescribed as above, in which case it shall not become a law, and provided further that acts so becoming laws as aforesaid shall have the same force and effect and no other, as other laws passed by the legislature of said territory."
"STATUTES OF ARIZONA"
"Revised Statutes, 1887"
"SEC. 2940. All official acts of the Governor, his approval of the laws excepted, shall be authenticated by the great seal of the territory, which shall be kept by the Secretary thereof."
"SEC. 2878. The Legislative Assembly shall consist of: 1. Twenty-four members of the House of Representatives; 2. twelve members of the Council."
"SEC. 2889. The chief clerks of each house must attend each day, call the roll, read the journals and bills and superintend any matters required of them."
"SEC. 2890. The enrolling and engrossing clerk of each house must enroll and engross such bills or resolutions, as may be required of him by the house to which he is attached."
"SEC. 2895. Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings and publish the same, except such parts as may require secrecy. The yeas and nays of the members of either house on any question shall be entered on the journal at the request of one-fifth of the members elected. Any member of either house may dissent from and protest against any act, proceeding, or resolution which he may deem injurious to any person or the public, and have the reason of his dissent entered on the journal."
"SEC. 2899. Every bill and joint resolution, except of adjournment, passed by the legislature shall be presented to the Governor before it becomes a law. If he approve, he shall sign it, but if not, he shall return it with his objections to the house in which it originated, which shall enter the objections at large upon their journal."
"SEC. 2901. Every bill and joint resolution shall be read three times in each house before the final passage thereof. No bill or joint resolution shall become a law without the concurrence of a majority of all the members present and constituting a quorum of each house. On the final passage of all bills and all joint resolutions having the effect of law, the vote shall be by yeas and nays, and entered on the journal."
"SEC. 2921. Every bill must, as soon as delivered to the Governor, be endorsed as follows: 'This bill was received by the Governor this ___ day of _____, eighteen _____.' The endorsement must be signed by the private Secretary of the Governor."
"SEC. 2928. The original acts of the legislature shall be deposited with and kept by the Secretary of the territory."
"SEC. 2929. All acts of the legislature and joint resolutions having the effect of law, shall take effect and be in force on the thirtieth day after being approved by the Governor, and deposited in the office of the Secretary of the territory, unless otherwise ordered by the legislature."
"SEC. 2947. The Secretary of the territory has such powers and shall perform such duties as are prescribed by the laws of the United States, and in addition thereto it is the duty of the Secretary of the territory - 1. To attend at every session of the legislature for the purpose of receiving bills and resolutions thereof, and to perform such other duties as may be devolved upon him by resolution of the two houses, or either of them. . . . 9. To deliver to the printer at the earliest day practicable after the final adjournment of each session of the legislature copies of all laws, resolutions (with marginal notes), and journals kept, passed, or adopted at such session; to superintend the printing thereof, and have proof sheets of the same compared with the originals and corrected. 10. To cause to be published annually such laws, reports and documents, in addition to those required by the laws of the United States, as the legislature may direct."
"SEC. 2948. He shall secure and safely keep in his office all original acts and joint resolutions of the legislature, and cause the same to be substantially bound in suitable and convenient volumes."
"SEC. 2949. He is charged with the custody of: 1. All acts and resolutions passed by the legislature. 2. The journals of the legislature. 3. All books, records, deeds, parchments, maps and papers kept or deposited in his office pursuant to law."
"SEC. 2950. He shall immediately after the publication of the statutes distribute volumes thereof as follows: 1. To the President of the United States one copy. 2. To the President of the United States Senate one copy. 3. To the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, one copy. 4. To each department of the government at Washington, D.C., and of the government of this territory, one copy. 5. To the Library of Congress, one copy. 6. One copy each to the Governor, members of the legislature by which such laws were enacted, the delegate in Congress, the Secretary of the territory, each judge of a court of record in the territory, the Attorney General, territorial treasurer, territorial auditor, clerk of the supreme and district courts, county treasurers, sheriffs, district attorneys and boards of supervisors, court or public libraries, the Attorney General of the United States, and the Governor of each of the states and territories of the United States for the use of such state or territory."
"SEC. 2951. He shall distribute the journals of the legislature in the manner provided by the law of the United States, and also one copy each to the persons mentioned in subdivision six of the preceding section."
"SEC. 2952. He shall deposit in the territorial library forty copies of the statutes and twenty copies of the journals."