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Page 2 of Address to the people of Kentucky, and opinion of Hon. J. Proctor Knott : what is the meaning of the words "The final passage of the bill" / by J. Proctor Knott.

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z returned to the Senate from the Public Printer, wvas given its second reading, and in obedience to the re- quirements of section 46 of the Constitution was referred to the committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate, and that committee, at two sessions each day, exclusive of Sundays, en-aged with energy and deliberatioii in the Coll- sideration of the bill. It was the opinion of the conmmit- tee, after careful consideration tnd investigation, that the bill, as it came to the Senate, was materially defective and contained many very dangerous departures, and they,. therefore, on the 8th of July reported it back to the Sen- ate with about one hundred amendmlents, which the com- mittee believed ought to be adopted. The Senate imme- diately begun the consideration of the bill and the committee amendments, and it was found that the pro- posed amendments were so clearly just and proper that. nearly, if not quite, every one of them were adopted by a. very decided majority of the Senate-the opposition con1- sisting all the way tlhreugh of four, five, to tell out of the thirty-eight Senators, and on the 14th of-Jalv the vote was taken in the Senate on the bill as thus amended and re- sulte(l in its passage by a vote of 20 seas to 6 nays. Thus amended and passed, the bill was returned to the House of Representatives that the Senate amendments, might be concurred in or non-concurred in, as to the House might seem proper. After the 'House hlad spent several days in the consideration of the Senate amendments, a few of the amendments were concurred in, and a large number were non-concurred in, and the bill and amendments were re- turned to the Senate on the - day of July. The next step in order in the due progress of the bill was for the Senate to either recede from such amendments as the House had refused to concur in, or to refuse to recede and ask for a Conference Committee to adjust the differ- ences between the House and the Senate.