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. Appendix 156
Rules of procedure of the Board
Statement of new corporations, 1889.
Visalia Railroad Company, report of .
OFFICE, PHELAN BUILDING, SAN FRANCISCO, December 31, 1889.
To his Excellency R. W. WATERMAN, Governor of the State of California:
Sir: In compliance with the requirements of the Constitution of the State, this Commission has the honor to present to you herewith, its tenth (10) annual report, for the year 1889.
The constitutional provision establishing this Board, and conferring upon it its jurisdiction; and the statute to organize and define its powers; and the rules of procedure adopted and now in force for its government, are as follows:
[From the CônütųtioỊ of the State of California.]
CORPORATION3... SECTION 17. All railroad, canal, and other transportation companies are declared to be common carriers, and subject to legislative control. ' Any association or corporation organized for the purpose, under the laws of this state, shall buve the right to connect at the State line with railroads of other States. Every railroad com pany shall have the right with its road to intersect, connect with, or cross any other railrvag, and shall receive and transport each the other's passengers, tonnage, and cars, without delay, or discrimination.
Sec. 18. No President, Director, officer, agent, or employé of any railroad or caral company shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in the furnishing of material or supplies to such company, nor in the business of transportation as a common carrier of freight or passengers over the works owned, leased, controlled, or worked by such company, except such interest in the business of transportation as lawfully flows from the ownership of stock therein.
Sec. 19. No railroad or other transportation company shall grant free passes, or passes or tickets at a discount, to any person holding any office of honor, trust, or profit in this State; and the acceptance of any such pass or ticket, by a member of the Legislature, or any public officer, other than Railroad Commissioner, shall work a forfeiture of his office.
SEC. 20. No railroad company, or other common carrier, shall combine or make any contract with the owners of any vessel that leaves port or makes port in this State, or with any common carrier, by which combination or contract the earnings of one doing the carrying are to be shared by the other not doing the carrying. And whenever a railroad corporation shall, for the purpose of competing with any other common carrier, lower its rates for transportation of passengers or freight from one point to another, such reduced rates shall not be again raised or increased from such standard without the consent of the governmental authority in which shall be vested the power to regulate fares and freight.
Sec. 21. No discrimination in charges or facilities for transportation shall be made by any railroad or other transportation company between places or persons, or in the facilities for the transportation of the same classes of freight or passengers within this State, or coming from or going to any other State. Persons and property transported over any railroad, or by any other transportation company or individual, shall be delivered at any station, landing, or port, at charges not exceeding the charges for the transportation of persons and property of the same class, in the same direction, to any more distant station, port, or landing. Excursion and commutation tickets may be issued at special
SEC. 22. The State shall be divided into three districts as nearly equal in population as practicable, in each of which one Railroad Commissioner shall be elected by the qualified electors thereof at the regular gubernatorial elections, whose salary shall be fixed by law and whose term of office shall be four years, commencing on the first Monday after the first day of January next succeeding their election. Said Commissioners shall be quali