§ MR. DODSON
said, he was about to ask leave to introduce a Bill which would meet a casus omissus in our legislation in regard to local and personal matters. A Committee on Private Bills had the power of examining witnesses on oath and awarding costs, but Committees on Bills confirming Provisional Orders had not the power to do so. To remedy the inconveniences which sometimes arose from this state of things, he now moved for leave to bring in a "Bill to empower Committees on Bills confirming Provisional Orders to award Costs and examine witnesses on oath."
Motion agreed to.
Bill to empower Committees on Bills confirming Provisional Orders to award Costs and examine witnesses on oath, ordered to be brought in by Mr. DODSON, and Colonel WILSON PATTEN.
Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 19.]