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INTRODUCTION.

SCOPE. It is the purpose of this Summary to bring together under general headings, all important provisions of the various state commission laws relating to the supervision of telephone and telegraph companies.

General corporation law is not included, except in so far as it has been embodied in the commission laws. Thus a provision prohibiting stock dividends is included in the Summary if it is a part of the commission law of any state, but such a provision, appearing only in the general corporation law of a state, would be omitted.

For brevity, quotations are not always made in full, and provisions differing only in details of phraseology, if at all, are noted as “ similar to " or identical with " provisions appearing under other states.

The material under each subject is arranged by states in alphabetical order.

The index has been greatly amplified in an effort to make readily accessible all matters contained in the Summary. A table of

“ Sources

has also been included.

The general headings are the same as those of the Second Edition, with the following additions:

1-7. Date of Jurisdiction over Telephone and Telegraph Companies.
III-16a. Preservation of Records.
IV-16. Witness Fees.
V-9. Corporate Affairs.
V-10. Secretary or Clerk of Commission.
V-11. Definitions.

LAWS INCLUDED.
In addition to the laws relating to the Interstate Commerce Commission
and the Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia this edition in-
cludes the commission laws of the following forty states:
Alabama
Kansas
Nevada

Pennsylvania
Arizona
Louisiana

New Hampshire Rhode Island
California
Maine3
New Jersey

South Carolina
Colorado
Maryland

New Mexico South Dakota
Connecticut
Massachusetts New York

Tennessee?
Florida
Michigan

North Carolina Vermont
Georgia
Mississippi

North Dakota Virginia
Idaho
Missouri
Ohio

Washington
Illinois
Montana
Oklahoma

West Virginia
Indiana
Nebraska
Oregon

Wisconsin
The commission law, enacted in 1913, was made the subject of three referendum petitions,
which are now pending, to be voted on November 3, 1914.

: Law effective January 1, 1914.
• Law passed in 1913. Referendum now pending, to be voted on September 14, 1914.

* The commission has authority over telegraph companies only in connection with the issuance of securities and the construction of lines over railroads.

• The act of 1913, creating the public service commission to succeed the railroad commission, becomes fully effective January 1, 1914. As to organization, etc., it was effective prior to that date.

• The commission has no authority over telegraph companies except in connection with the construction of lines over railroads, and valuation for assessment.

7 Jurisdiction does not include entire state. See p. 36.

Telephone companies are subject to the “public utilities law" and telegraph companies to the “ railroad law.” The “stock and bond law" of 1911 applies to both.

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