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1 Legislator 1 (1926)

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January, 1926   EMBRYONIC NUMBER  Volume 1, Number 1

The Prologue
All legislators: Every member of the Legislature
of each state and of Congress, during his term of office,
is a Regular Member of this Association. No one else
is eligible to join.
Some preliminary statistics:  This organization is
made up of the individuals who hold the entire legis-
lative authority for a population of one hundred and
fifteen million.  They direct the finances of states
which expend for governmental purposes one and one-
third billion dollars a year. The Congressional mem-
bers direct the financ's of a government whose ordi-
nary expenditures exceed three billion dollars a year.
The state legislators in this Association are virtually
the directors of forty-eight corporations, which to-
gether actually own property worth one and a halt
billion dollars, and which owe debts totalling an equal
amount. The members of this Association, as legis-
lators, are levying annual taxes on property worth
one hundred and fifty billion dollars.
Election of Local Councils: This Association will
have a Local Council for Congress and for each state.*
Each State Senator is invited to nominate three of his
fellow Senators for the State Council. Each State Rep-
resentative is invited to nominate for it four of his
fellow Representatives. In each state the Senator
who receives the largest vote on the final ballot will
become the Chairman of the State Council, a Vice-
President of the Association, and a member of its
General Assembly. The Representative who receives
the largest vote on the final ballot for each state
will become Secretary of the State Council, and a
member of the Association's General Assembly.
General Assembly: The Association's General As-
sembly will number one hundred and twenty, com-
prising: (1) the Chairman and the Secretary of each
State Council, (2) the entire Congressional Council
of five Senators and six Representatives, and (3) the
Association's officers. Since it will thus include a
delegate elected by each house of each legislature, It
will be a genuinely representative body, and its recom-
mendations to the legislatures concerning subjects
which call for interlocking or uniform legislation may
attain national significance. It should become the
national clearing house for all such proposals. It will
elect the Association's Executive Committee from
*Throughout this leaflet the term state includes four
territories: Alaska, Porto Rico, Hawail, and the Phlippine
islands. but they are not included in any statistics.

among its own members, and the Executive Commit-
tee will elect the President, Secretary-Treasurer and
3fembership:  The Regular Membership includes
every member of Congress and of the Legislature of
each state. It involves no cost, but terminates at the
expiration of the legislator's term. Every Regular
Member-and no one else-is eligible to become a
Sustaining Member. These members make possible
the maintenance of the Association by payment of
annual dues. Sustaining Members alone will be eligi-
ble for the Local Councils and the General Assembly.
After becoming a Sustaining Member, one may con-
tinue as such as long as he is In good standing, regard-
less of the expiration of his term as a legislator. The
fonorary Membership includes the President and
Vice-President of the United States for life, and the
Governor of each state and territory during his term
of office.
The American Legislator: Socrates observed that
no man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even
the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently
qualified for the hardest of all trades-that of gov-
ernment. This leaflet will be published monthly. It
will add somewhat to each legislator's Information
concerning the current theory and practice of legisla-
tion. Whether or not the non-sustaining members
can be supplied with copies of each Issue will depend
upon the percentage of the Association's members
who give the organization their financial support by
becoming Sustaining Members.    Advertisements of
publishers, surety companies, propagandists and others
may justify some expansion of the size of this publi-
cation, but the reading matter will probably be re-
stricted to the present amount.
Meetings:  The Association will hold an annual
meeting, to which Representatives and Senators from
state legislatures and from Congress will come from
the various sections of the United States.
Directory: The Association will publish an annual
directory, containing the name and address of each of
its members, thus including every legislator in office
in the United States and its territories. The name of
each Sustaining Member will be printed in bold-faced
type. The name of each legislator who becomes a
Sustaining Member at the outset, will be starred In
every edition of the Directory in which It appears.
Ten thousand copies of the 1926 edition will be pub-

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