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TO AUTHORIZE THE OPENING OF GRAVES IN THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FEBRUARY 15 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 19), 1935.-Ordered to be printed
Mr. CAPPER, from the Committee on the District of Columbia,
submitted the following
[To accompany S. 1016)
The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1016) to empower the health officer of the District of Columbia to authorize the opening of graves, and the disinterment and reinterment of dead bodies, in cases where death has been caused by certain contagious diseases, having considered the same, reports the bill to the Senate and recommends that the bill do pass.
Appended hereto and made a part of this report is a letter from the president of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia approving the legislation and recommending its passage.
FEBRUARY 9, 1934. Hon. WILLIAM H. KING, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia,
United States Senate, Washington, D. C. DEAR SIR: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to submit the following on Senate bill 450, Seventy-third Congress, first session, entitled "A bill to empower the health officer of the District of Columbia to authorize the opening of graves, and the disinterment and reinterment of dead bodies, in cases where death has been caused by certain contagious diseases”, which you referred to them for report as to the merits of the bill and the propriety of its passage.
Section 679 of the Code of Laws for the District of Columbia, reads in part as follows:
“In no case shall a grave be opened in which has been buried the body of any person who has died of Asiatic cholera, yellow fever, typhus fever, smallpox (including varioloid), leprosy, the plague, tetanus, diphtheria, or scarlet fever".
From time to time application is made to the health officer for a permit to disinter the remains of a person who died from one of the contagious diseases enumerated above, and because of the prohibition contained in the District Code no permit can legally be issued.
The inability of interested persons to obtain a permit to disinter the body of some member of the family has resulted in great hardship and sorrow. Under existing law the only way authority can be obtained to open the grave of a person dead from one of the diseases mentioned is to secure a special act of Congress for the purpose, and this has been done on a nuniber of occasions.
It is believed the health officer should be authorized, in his discretion, and under proper precaution, to permit the opening of the graves referred to, and the passage of Senate bill 450 will accomplish that result. The Commissioners recommend favorable action on the bill. Very truly yours,
M. C. Hazen, President Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia. Appended hereto and made a part of this report is a letter from the President of the Board of Commissioners renewing its endorsement of this legislation. COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
Washington, December 31, 1934. Hon. WILLIAM H. KING,
United States Senate, Washington, D. C. SIR: With reference to your suggestion that a bill to empower the health officer of the District of Columbia to authorize the opening of graves, similar to S. 450 in the Seventy-third Congress, first session, be introduced at the forthcoming session of Congress, we beg to report that on February 9, 1934, the Commissioners recommended favorable action on Senate bill 450. We have no reason to alter that recommendation. However, if the bill which the Commissioners are presenting concerning the powers of the Commissioners of the District be enacted, that measure will cover this particular authorization as to the opening of graves, and so forth. In that event this particular bill will not be necessary. Very respectfully,
M. C. HAZEN, President Board of Commissioners, District of Columbia.
REPORT No. 125
CHANGE THE NAME OF PICKWICK LANDING DAM TO
FEBRUARY 15 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 19), 1935.--Ordered to be printed
Mr. Smith, from the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, sub
mitted the following
(To accompany S. 1506)
The Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1506) to change the name of Pickwick Landing Dam to Quin Dam, having considered the same, recommend that the bill do pass without amendment.
This dam is a part of the Tennessee Valley Authority development and its report on the bill dated Feb. 4, 1935, Dr. Morgan, chairman of the board, states:
We feel that in such a matter the opinion of the House and Senate should prevail and the directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority are very glad to leave the matter in the hands of Congress.
The present name of the dam, Pickwick Landing, is one of long standing and to which there is no particular significance.
The object of changing the name to Quin Dam is to perpetuate the memory of Hon. Percy Quin, now deceased. Mr. Quin was a Member of the House of Representatives for many years from the State of Mississippi and served as Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of that body. He was for years very active in the fight for the development of Muscle Shoals, and it was felt by the committee that the naming of this dam for him would be a fitting tribute to him.
REPORT No. 126
ACT AMENDING SECTION 113 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE
FEBRUARY 15 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 19), 1935.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. Logan, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the
(To accompany S. 213)
The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred S. 213, proposing to amend section 113 of the Criminal Code of March 4, 1909, 35 Stat. 1109 (U. S. C., title 18, sec. 203), and for other purposes, report the same to the Senate with various amendments and recommend the adoption of the amendments and the enactment of the bill as amended.
The committee recommends the following amendments:
Amend by inserting in line 9, page 1, after the word “committeewoman "and before the word “of” these words: “or State or national officer".
Amend by striking out all of the language after the word "shall” in line 11 down to and including the word "whatever" in line 20 and insert in lieu thereof the following: before any such department, independent establishment, board, commission, or other instrumentality of the United States, including corporations in which the United States may own any part of its capital stock whatever, render any service or assistance of whatever character for or on behalf of any person, firm, corporation, or any other association in relation to any proceeding, contract, claim, controversy, charge, accusation, arrest, imprisonment, or other matter or thing in which the United States is a party or directly or indirectly interested,.
Amend by striking out the word "and" in line 21 and substituting therefor the word “or”.
Section 113 of the Criminal Code of March 4, 1909, is substantially the same as section 1782, Revised Statutes, which was enacted on June 11, 1864. Section 113 of the Criminal Code as it now exists is as follows:
Whoever, being elected or appointed a Senator, Member of or Delegate to Congress, or a Resident Commissioner, shall, after his election or appointment and either before or after he has qualified, and during his continuance in office, or being the head of a department, or other officer or clerk in the employ of the
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