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had great difficulty in getting the Committee together on several occasions and as a result the report was not ready so that it could be in the hands of your Secretary for printing. That is the reason that it has not been printed this year.

SIMEON M. JOHNSON:—I do not say it is chargeable to the Secretary. I do not think it is.

THE PRESIDENT:—I think the statement of your Secretary is correct, for I personally have knowledge of those facts. Judge Billingsley lives not very far from me, and he has been away from home a great deal of the time.

The Committee on Legislation is next in order, Mr. C. C. Middleswart, Chairman.

THE SECRETARY:—The Chairman sent his report to me and it reads as follows:


To The Ohio State Bar Association:

SIRS:The following is a detailed report of the meetings had, business transacted and work done by your Committee since its appointment in August, 1918:

FIRST MEETING. Its first meeting was held at the Neil House, Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, November 30, 1918, at which, after some discussion of the different proposed legislation heretofore recommended by the State Bar Association, it was unanimously decided that the Committee use its best efforts to secure the passage at the coming session of the General Assembly of the following recommendation of the Association, adopted at its annual meeting in July, 1917, found in its annual report for that year, Volume XXXVIII, at pages 57 and 58, which recommendation is as follows:

We recommend that the Attorney General be empowered to supervise legislation and, in order to secure that result, that so much of Section 342-3 of the General Code (enacted 101 O. L., 144; repealed, 103 O. L., 860) as was embraced in the following quotation therefrom be re-enacted:

"At the convening of the General Assembly, and at such other times as he shall deem proper, the attorney-general shall make reports to the General Assembly of all acts that may have been found by him to be incorrect, or that may have been inconsistent with other acts, and also report acts that have been held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. He shall prepare and submit to the General Assembly bills codifying such parts of the statutes as he shall deem necessary, and he shall make such other recommendations as to the codification of the laws as he shall deem to be for the best interests of the state.

Further that the following provision be added to the proposed section:

“He shall at the request of any standing or special committee of either house of the General Assembly, or joint committee of both houses, forthwith examine any bill which may have been favorably considered by such committee with a view to recommending the passage thereof, and all amendments determined upon by such committee, and shall report to such committee such changes or amendments in the language of the General Code section numbers thereof as he may deem advisable in order to render such bill correct in phraseology, and consistent in substance with the laws which would remain in force if the bill as amended should become a law, as well as consistent in code numbering and chapter headings with the framework and arrangement of the General Code.'

It was thought best to attempt to secure the enactment of the foregoing legislation into law for the reason that the same will be of great benefit to both lawyer and layman.

Hon. Freeman T. Eagleson, of Columbus, Ohio, former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, was appointed as a committee of one, both to take up the enactment of the proposed legislation with the incoming Attorney General and to draft and secure the introduction and passage of a bill embodying the same.

Hon. U. C. DeFord, of Youngstown, Ohio, read a very interesting paper on the subject of amending the present corporation laws of this state so as to permit the organization of business corporations without fixing a par value for their capital stock, and for doing away with, whenever so desired, the words “The” and "Company,” which are now required to be used whenever an Ohio corporation is organized.

While this may appear new legislation in Ohio, yet in many states, corporations are permitted to be organized along the lines suggested, and in keeping with the modern trend of corporate legislation,

At present, many corporations that would like to organize in Ohio without fixing a par value for their capital stock are compelled to go to other states where this is permitted, and the Committee would be glad to have any suggestions or criticisms along the line of this contemplated legislation.

SECOND MEETING. Pursuant to the call of the Secretary of the Committee on Legislation of the Ohio State Bar Association, Hon. U. C. DeFord, the second meeting of said Committee was held at Room No. 15, the Neil House, Columbus, Ohio, at 7:00 P. M., Friday, January 10th, 1919.

The following members of the Committee were present: C. C. Middleswart, Chairman; U. C. DeFord, Secretary; Judge E. B. King, Judge Frank S. Taggart, and Hon. Freeman T. Eagleson.

The minutes of the last meeting of this Committee, held November 30, 1918, were read and approved.

Hon. Freeman T. Eagleson, who was appointed as a Committee of one, both to take up the enactment of the proposed legislation endorsed by this Committee at its last meeting, with the incoming Attorney General, and to draft and secure the introduction and passage of the Bill embodying the same, submitted to the Committee a Bill embodying the proposed legislation. Each member of the Committee was given a copy of the Bill, and after some discussion, it was decided that each member of the Committee present should write Eagleson any criticisms that he might have in regard to the Bill, and that as soon as the criticisms had been received by Eagleson, he would incorporate the same in a new Bill and have it introduced.

It was decided that this could not be done just now, for the reason that no announcement had been made of the personnel of the different Committees of the General Assembly.

In addition to the members of the Committee present, there were also present, Attorney General John G. Price, Assistant Attorney General Joseph I. Eagleson, Ensign N. Brown, President of the Ohio State Bar Association; Charles E. Blanchard, Secretary of the Ohio State Bar Association; Hon. Frank F. Dinsmore, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Hon. D. W. Iddings, of Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Iddings, who is Chairman of the Committee to secure fewer law publications of the Ohio State Bar Association, reported that tentative arrangements had been made between the Ohio Law Reporter Company, the publishers of the Weekly Law Bulletin, Bobbs-Merrill Company, and The W. H. Anderson Company, whereby the reports of the Circuit Courts of Appeals of Ohio that are now being published by the Ohio Law Reporter Company, and The Bobbs-Merrill Company, would cease to be published after the present volumes now in course of preparation by them had been printed, and that after said volumes had been printed, the only Reports of the Circuit Courts of Appeals of Ohio would be the official edition now published under the supervision of E. O. Randall, Supreme Court and Circuit Court of Appeals Official Reporter.

Mr. Iddings also reported that the price of the Ohio State Reports would probably be increased from $1.50 to $2.50 per volume, and that the price of the official edition to be published under the supervision of Mr. Randall would also be $2.50 per volume.

On motion, duly made and seconded, it was unanimously resolved that the Committee on Legislation co-operate with Mr. Iddings and his Committee in securing the passage of the legislation by the present General Assembly that would bring about the enactment of a law necessary to carry out his report.

Hon. Ensign N. Brown then made several suggestions to the Committee about proposed legislation and strongly recommended that this Committee do all that it could to secure the passage of all legislation endorsed by it.

Hon. Frank F. Dinsmore, of Cincinnati, Ohio, made an excellent talk on the subject of “Amending the Present Corporation Laws of this State so as to Permit the Organization of Business Corporations without Fixing a Par Value for their Captial Stock, and gave to the members of this Committee copies of a proposed Bill, prepared by him, that would carry out his suggestion.

Hon. U. C. DeFord and Hon. Frank F. Dinsmore were appointed a Committee of two to do what they could to secure the introduction of a proposed Bill in the Legislature and to take whatever other steps were necessary to bring the attention of the public to this Bill. A unanimous rising vote of thanks was tendered Mr. Dinsmore for his most excellent address.

It was found, after a careful investigation by Hon. Freeman T. Eagleson, the Chairman of this Committee, and the Attorney General, that it would not be advisable for this Committee to work for the passage of the law advocated at the first meeting of this Committee, for the reason that practical experience had demonstrated to this Attorney General's legal force that the Bill when enacted would do more harm than good, and it was therefore decided not to push the legislation which this Association had endorsed. If any member of the Association desires further information in regard to the above statement, we would refer him to the Chairman, the present Attorney General, and Hon. Freeman T. Eagleson.

Pursuant to the suggestions made by Mr. Iddings at the second meeting, a Bill was introduced in the 83rd General Assembly, known as House Bill 382, by Mr. Spidel, of Montgomery County. This Bill was ardently supported by Hon. D. H. Scott, member of this Committee from the First District, who was also a member of the House of Representatives of the Ohio General Assembly, and was finally passed and became a law.

It is estimated that the passage of this Act will save the attorneys of the State of Ohio, annually, $15,000.00, and we feel that no measure that was ever backed by this Association has ever brought to the members of the Bar of the State of Ohio more financial benefit in the actual work of securing the passage of this Bill.

Hon. Freeman T. Eagleson, of Columbus, Ohio, the member of the Committee from the Fifth District, and Hon. Chas. E. Blanchard, Secretary of the Association, did most excellent service.

We would further state that all of the members of the Committee actively co-operated in securing the passage of House Bill 382 by taking up the matter with the Senators and Representatives with whom they were acquainted, and we point with pride to the record made by the Committee during the past year, to all of whom the Chairman and Secretary return their sincere thanks for their untiring vigilance and efforts in behalf of what was done.

Respectfully submitted,

C. C. MIDDLESWART, Chairman,
U. C. DE FORD, Secretary.

THE PRESIDENT:—This report will lie on the table for future discussion.

Chairman Henry Baer, of the Committee on Legal Biography, presented the following report:


BIOGRAPHY. To the Officers and Members of The Ohio State Bar Association:

The undersigned, your Committee on Legal Biography, submit the following report this 8th day of July, 1919.

We have learned of the death of a number ofour esteemed and beloved members, and we are grieved and with sadness make report of the following members and beloved friends and workers of this association who have passed away:

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