Standards of American Legislation: An Estimate of Restrictive and Constructive Factors

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University of Chicago Press, 1917 - Jurisprudence - 327 pages
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Page 155 - Every law enacted by the Legislature shall embrace but one object, and that shall be expressed in the title ; and no law shall be revised or amended by reference to its title ; but in such case the act revised or section amended, shall be re-enacted and published at length.
Page 55 - It must not be forgotten that you are not to extend arbitrarily those rules which say that a given contract is void as being against public policy, because if there is one thing which more than another public policy requires it is that men of full age and competent understanding shall have the utmost liberty of contracting, and that their contracts, when entered into freely and voluntarily, shall be held sacred, and shall be enforced by courts of justice.
Page 122 - The act is an infringement alike of the rights of the employer and the employee. More than this, it is an insulting attempt to put the laborer under a legislative tutelage which is not only degrading to his manhood, but subversive of his rights as a citizen of the United States.
Page 204 - A body politic,' as aptly defined in the preamble of the Constitution of Massachusetts, 'is a social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good.
Page 2 - We have already admitted the strength of this appeal to a recognized and widely prevalent sentiment, but we think it is an appeal which must be made to the people and not to the courts.
Page 56 - Now, there is no doubt public policy may say that a contract to commit a crime, or a contract to give a reward to another to commit a crime, is necessarily void. The decisions have gone further, and contracts to commit an immoral...
Page 288 - The striking difference between legislation abroad and in this country is that under every system except the American the executive government has a practical monopoly of the legislative initiative. In consequence, the preparation of bills becomes the business of government officials responsible to ministers, these government officials being mainly, if not exclusively, employed in constructive legislative work. In France and Germany, the government initiative of legislation has been established for...
Page 161 - Corporations may be formed under general laws; but shall not be created by special act, except for municipal purposes, and in cases where, in the judgment of the Legislature, the objects of the corporation cannot be attained under general laws.
Page 196 - I can find no authority for a court to vacate or repeal a statute on that ground alone. But it is only in express constitutional provisions, limiting legislative power and controlling the temporary will of a majority, by a permanent and paramount law, settled by the deliberate wisdom of the nation, that...
Page 108 - Where the landlord without good and sufficient cause, and for reasons inconsistent with good estate management, terminates a tenancy by notice to quit, or, after having been requested in writing, at least one year before the expiration of a tenancy, to grant a renewal thereof, refuses to do so, or...

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