16 Am. Lab. Legis. Rev. 5 (1926)
Legislative Notes

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THE standard bill for rock dusting coal mines to prevent coal dust
explosions-prepared as an aid to state legislation by the American
Association for Labor Legislation as a result of conferences with public
officials, labor officials, mining engineers and safety experts-has been
introduced by Assemblyman William B. Belknap in the Kentucky legis-
AN editorial in the New York World, January 3, under the heading Our
Learned Societies, remarks: How many of them are there, anyway?
Right here in this city have met the American Economic Association,
the Association for Labor Legislation, the Political Science Association
and the American Sociological Society. The American Association for
the Advancement of Science has sent columns of news from Kansas
City. The Modern Language Association met in Chicago. The Amer-
ican Historical Association met in Ann Arbor. These are only half of
the major luminaries twinkling in the holiday sky; * * * Once the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, the most ven-
erable of all, dared to grapple with physics, chemistry, biology and all
the other branches. 'Sections' were established to give expert attention
to diverse fields, and the sections grew into independent associations.
* * * The paradoxical fact is that the more specialized these bodies
become the more attention the public gives them. * * * Knowledge is
not crying aloud unheard.
THE Fitzgerald bill (H. R. 487) to provide workmen's accident insur-
ance for wage-earners in private employments in the District of Col-
umbia was approved February 27 by the sub-committee on insurance of
the House District committee. The Underhill bill, brought forward as
a substitute on behalf of commercial insurance companies, received the
support only of Representative Underhill himself and one other member,
also from Massachusetts. The Fitzgerald bill was reported to the full
committee on March 3, and this committee, for the third time, favored
the Fitzgerald bill, but immediate submission of a favorable report to
the House was blocked by Underhill.
ON February 8 a bill passed in the House of Representatives providing
for mothers' pensions for the District of Columbia, to be administered
through a Mothers' Aid Board.
FivE counties in Wisconsin have accepted the provisions of the state
old age pension law of 1925. In Milwaukee county, the center of the

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