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ing June 30, 1915; said secretary's term of office to begin on April 1, 1913. There is also appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of fifteen hundred dollars to pay the necessary expenses of the said commission. The term of office of the members of the State School Book Commission shall begin April 1, 1913. The state auditor is hereby authorized to draw warrants on the state treasurer for the above amounts in the manner provided by law, upon duly verified vouchers approved by the chairman of said commission. The Executive Council shall provide an office and such office furniture and fixtures as may be necessary to properly equip the office of the secretary of the State School Book Commission. (Laws 1913, ch. 288, sec. 12.)
SEC. 638. Appropriation for 1916 and 1917. There is hereby appropriated out of any money in the state treasury, not otherwise appropriated, to the State School Book Commission, for a revolving fund for the making of school books; for the purchase of copyrights, and the payment of authors, compilers, critics, artists, editors, stenographers, etc.; for the salary of the secretary and the expenses of his office; for the per diem and expenses of the members of the commission, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 288, Laws of 1913, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1916, and June 30, 1917:
Revolving fund, $100,000; provided that $40,000 of this fund shall be credited by the state treasurer and made available July 1, 1915; and, that $60,000 of this fund shall be credited by the state treasurer and made available July 1, 1916; and the state treasurer shall so notify the auditor of state of such credits and the auditor of state .shall make proper entries on his records showing such transfers.
1916. 1917. Purchase of copyrights; payment of authors, compilers, critics, artists, editors, stenographers, etc.
$15,000 $15,000 Salary of secretary; per diem and expenses of members of the commission, and expenses of secretary's
7,500 7,500 (Laws 1915, ch. 52, sec. 1.)
SEC. 639. Appropriation of Unexpended Balances. That the unexpended balances remaining in the revolving, copyrights, building and equipment funds, under the provisions of chapter 288, Laws of 1913, are hereby made available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1915; and, any unexpended balances of said fund at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1915, are hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1916; and, any unexpended balances of said funds at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1916, are hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1917. (Laws 1915, ch. 52,
. sec. 2.)
SEC. 640. Warrants Drawn by State Auditor. The auditor of state is hereby authorized to draw his warrants on the treas
urer of state from the several funds and for the sums and for the purposes above mentioned, upon presentation of verified vouchers approved by the chairman and secretary of the State School Book Commission. (Laws 1915, ch. 52, sec. 3.)
ARTICLE II.-School Text-book Commission. This article contains the original state uniformity text-book law of 1897, as amended by legislatures of 1898, 1899, 1907, and 1911, reprinted from the school laws of 1911. Such parts of this act as are not in conflict with the preceding article, sections 622 to 640 inclusive, of this book, are still in force.
$641. Commission; compensation..
$658. Special meetings.
SECTION 641. Commission. [7810.] That for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act there is hereby created a School Text-book Commission consisting of eight members, to be appointed by the governor, by and with the consent of the senate; provided, that not more than five of whom shall be selected from any one political party, who shall receive as their only compensation the sum of five dollars for each day's actual service at any regular or special session, and actual expenses in going to and returning from any meeting herein provided for; and the state superintendent of public instruction shall be ex officio chairman of said School Textbook Commission, with the right to vote upon any and all propositions; provided, that no per diem shall be allowed to any member of this commission who shall at the time of service thereon be receiving a stated salary from this state or from any county or city therein. (Laws 1907, ch. 328, sec. 1.)
SEC. 642. Term.  The term of office of this commission shall be four years from the first Monday in April, 1897, and at the expiration of said term of office, and each succeeding term, the governor shall appoint, by and with the consent of the senate, suitable persons members of this commission. And on the first Monday in May prior to the termination of any contract for the furnishing of text-books to the people of this state under this act, or upon the termination of any such contract or contracts, said commission shall have power, and it is hereby authorized and made the duty of said commission, to make new contract or contracts, or to relet any old contract or contracts for the furnishing of textbooks as provided for in this act, and such commission shall
succeed to all the powers, duties and obligations of the original commission. (Laws 1898, ch. 31, sec. 1.)
SEC. 643. First Meeting.  The time of meeting for the commission herein provided for shall be the first Monday in May, 1897, and at such other times as hereinafter provided for. (Laws 1897, ch. 179, sec. 3.)
SEC. 644. Texts to be Adopted.  The School Textbook Commission herein provided for shall be empowered and it is hereby authorized to select and adopt a uniform series of school text-books for use in the public schools of the state of Kansas, in the following-named branches, to wit: Spelling, reading, arithmetic, geography, English grammar, physiology and hygiene, history of the United States, civil government, elements of algebra and physical geography, elements of natural philosophy, bookkeeping, and a graded series of writing-books; provided, that the matter contained in the subject of reading shall consist of lessons commencing with the simplest expressions of English, through the regular gradation of lessons up to and including the highest style of both poetry and prose; providing, that no text-book shall be adopted by this commission that does not equal in quality of matter, material, binding and mechanical execution, and approximately equal in size, the following text-books in general use, namely: The speller to McGuffey's New Speller, the readers to McGuffey's Readers, the arithmetic to White's series of Arithmetic, the geographies to Rand & McNally's Geography, the grammar to Reed and Kellogg's Grammars, the histories to Barnes's School Histories, the physiology to Steel's Physiology, the civil government to Thummel's Government of the United States with Kansas addendum, elementary algebra to Ray's Algebra, physical geography to Rand & McNally's Physical Geography, elements of natural philosophy to Steel's Fourteen Weeks in Philosophy, bookkeeping to Bryant & Stratton's graded series, mental arithmetic to Bailey's Mental Arithmetic, and writing to the Eclectic Copybook; provided, that no textbook shall be adopted that contains anything of a partisan or sectarian character. (Laws 1897, ch. 179, sec. 4.)
SEC. 645. Bids; How Submitted.  Any person, company or corporation desiring to make any bid or bids upon any of the matters provided for in this act shall submit the same in writing, together with an unconditional certified check for $1000 payable to the chairman of the commission, to be forfeited to the state if such party shall fail to enter into proper bond and make the required contract if awarded to him, carefully sealed and addressed to the chairman of the School Text-book Commission, Topeka, Kan., and said chairman shall preserve the same, unopened, until the time of meeting of said commission. (Laws 1897, ch. 179, sec. 5.)
SEC. 646. Open Bids.  At the first meeting of this commission, it shall receive and open all sealed bids and propositions on the following matters: First, from the publisher or publishers of school text-books for furnishing to the people of the state of Kansas, for use in the public schools of this state as provided for in this act, for a term of five years, commencing September 1, 1897, each bid stating specifically the price at which each book is to be furnished, and to be accompanied by a specimen copy of each book to be furnished in such bid. Second, from any author or authors of school text-books who have manuscript of books not published for the price at which they will sell their manuscript, properly prepared for printer's copy, together with the copyright of such books, for use in the public schools of this state. Third, From persons who are willing to undertake the compilation of a book or books or series of books provided for in section 4 of this act,155 the price at which they are willing to undertake said compilation of any or all of such books to the satisfaction of said commission; provided, that any and all bids by publishers herein provided for must be accompanied by a bond in the penal sum of $50,000, with resident freehold sureties to be approved by the Executive Council of this state, conditioned that if any contract be awarded to any bidder thereunder, such bidder will enter into a contract to and perform the conditions of his bid to the acceptance and satisfaction of said commission; and provided further, that no bid shall be considered unless the same shall be accompanied by an affidavit of the bidder that he is in no wise, directly or indirectly, connected with any other publisher or firm who is now bidding for books or manuscripts submitted to said commission, nor has any pecuniary interest in any other publisher or firm bidding at the same time, and that he is not a party to any contract, compact, syndicate or other scheme, in regard to exchange of books, division of territory, or discount to dealers, whereby the benefits of competition are denied to the people of this state, and said commission shall have the right to reject any and all bids, and at their option shall have the right to reject any bid as to part of such books and to accept the same as to the residue thereof. At the meeting of said commission provided for in section 3 of this act,156 said commission shall open and examine all sealed bids or propositions received pursuant to the provisions of this act; and it shall further be the duty of said commission to make a full, complete and thorough investigation of all such bids, restrictions, and propositions, and to ascertain under which such proposition or propositions the school text-books hereinbefore provided for could be furnished to the people of this state for use in the public schools at the lowest price, taking into consideration the
155. Section 644 of this book. 156. Section 643 of this book. (See, also, section 672.)
size and quality as to matter, material, binding and mechanical execution of such books; provided, always, that such commission shall not, in any case, contract with any author, publisher or publishers for the furnishing of any book, manuscript, or copyright of books which are to be sold to the people of this state for use in the public school at a price above or in excess of the following, which price shall include all costs and charges for packing, transportation and delivery to the several places hereinafter named in this state, namely: For the spellingbook, 10 cents; for the first reader, 10 cents; for the second rearer, 17 cents; for the third reader, 23 cents; for the fourth reader, 30 cents; for the fifth reader, 40 cents; for the mental arithmetic, 20 cents; for the intermediate arithmetic, 25 cents; for the complete arithmetic, 35 cents; for the elementary geography, 30 cents; for the complete geography, 75 cents; for the English grammar, elementary, 20 cents; complete grammar, 35 cents; physiology and hygiene, 50 cents; for history of the United States, 50 cents; for elements of natural philosophy, 50 cents; for civil government, 40 cents; for elementary algebra, 50 cents; for physical geography, 80 cents; for bookkeeping, 40 cents; writing-books, 5 cents each; and any school-book company, person or firm, who shall contract to furnish the public schools of the state of Kansas with school-books under the provisions of this act, shall upon application of any school district within one year after the acceptance of the bid, take up the books now in use, and they shall exchange the new books at not more than 50 per cent of the maximum prices fixed by the provisions of this act; provided, that any school district or county that is now operating under a contract shall have the right to exchange, on the same terms, books for one year from the expiration of said contract. (Laws 1897, ch. 179, sec. 6.)
SEC. 647. Secretary.  At the first meeting of the members of this commission they shall select one of their number secretary, whose duty it shall be to keep a correct record of all proceedings, votes, and actions of this commission, which said records shall be deposited in the office of the state superintendent of public instruction at all times when said commission is not in session. All votes upon any proposition submitted to this commission shall be yea and nay, and recorded on the journal of the day's proceedings. No person, except members of this commission, shall be present at or cognizant of any proceedings of this commission, during any time that it is in session, and no member of this commission shall, during any meetings of this commission, give any information to any person or persons concerning any business transacted, or in course of transaction at any session of this commission, until after all the business of the session is concluded. At the close of each session of this commission the proceedings thereof shall be published in pamphlet form for