Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The State Legislature and Fishing in Richmond County, 1921

From the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, Dec. 22, 1921.

The special session of the Legislature adjourned Monday night about 1 o’clock; it was convened Dec. 6th.

A total of 523 bills were ratified into law, and scores of other bills introduced were killed. The most important of the state-wide bills was the re-enactment of the municipal finance act; the passage of the $710,000 bonding bill covering the school deficit; passage of the act to validate taxes levied by counties for the support of a six months school term, and to fix rate for 1921; passage of an act that repeals the cotton warehouse tax; and passage of an act providing the machinery for the better collecting of the auto license taxes. The Senate confirmed Mr. Watts as revenue commissioner without any fights.

Among the things that the Legislature refused to do, and killed, were the following: refusal to pass the Long ejectment bill; refusal to repeal state-wide primary law; refused to abolish or modify capital punishment; refused to repeal the penalty for non-payment of taxes by certain dates.

A bill was passed in regard to fishing in Richmond county, and a bill giving the machinery for the town of Rockingham to vote $100,000 in bonds for school improvement, and allowing the town to issue $225,000 for street improvement.

Both Senator W.L. Parsons and Representative W.N. Everett returned home Tuesday.


A Bill to Be Entitled An Act to Regulate the Catching and Killing of Fish in the Waters of Richmond County

Section 1. That it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to catch, take, or kill in the waters of Richmond county any fish in any manner whatsoever except with a hook and line.

Sec. 2. That it shall be unlawful to fish in the waters of Richmond county with seins, nets, baskets or traps, and it shall be unlawful to kill or take any fish in the waters of Richmond county by means of gigs, paddles or explosives, and it shall be unlawful to kill or taken any fish in the waters of Richmond county by shooting said fish or shooting into the waters of Richmond county.

Sec. 3. That any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than $50 or imprisoned not more than 30 days in the discretion of the court.

Sec. 4. That this act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

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