Thursday afternoon the Beveridge statehood bill passed the senate of the United States, there being not one dissenting vote cast against it. Several amendments were offered to the measure, but these were voted down. The senate bill is radically different from the house bill, but chairman Hamilton of the house committee on territories stated that he was willing to accept the senate bill, but was not so sure that the house would agree. The bill is a wide departure from the usual enabling acts under which practically all the states of the union were admitted, the measure prescribing the qualification of the electors of the new state, and that the constitution framed and adopted shall be submitted to congress, where it may be approved or rejected and then the president will have the right to accept of reject the measure. By the time the constitution of Arizona shall have passed the scrutiny of the congress and president it is said that two or more years will have rolled by. Another of the provisions of the bill is that there shall be no election of county or precinct officers this fall, but that the old members of the legislature shall hold over, as well as shall the old county officers. This clause was inserted in the belief that the bill would become a law in the early part of the session and that the election would be held for state officers at the general election in November. The delay in the passage of the measure has made it certain that a conference on the bill in the house and senate will amend this section to allow of the holding of the usual fall election. But the bill is not a law and it is possible that it will be tied up between a failure to agree between the house and senate and go over to the short session. Congress will certainly adjourn by the first of July, as many of the members are feeling the heat of Washington greatly and want to get back home, while many others are anxious to get back and fix up their political fences. It is to be hoped that under any condition the measure will become a law, as the people of Arizona can relied upon to frame a constitution that will be acceptable to the whole people and even congress. This morning there comes a report from Washington that the statehood bill will at once go to conference and that the house bill will be accepted with the amendment that there shall be no educational qualification of voters; that the election of delegate to consitutional convention shall not be held at the regular election; that there shall be an election of all officers this fall and that the president instead of congress shall pass on the work of the constitution framers and on his proclamation the transition of Arizona from a territory to a state shall take place. There are a number of minor provisions that the senators will demand, but the general house provisions will prevail.
The provision of the Beveridge bill reads as follows:
"Until the issuance of said proclamation (of statehood) by the president of the United States, and until the said state is so admitted into the union and said officers are elected and qualified under the provisions of the constitution, the county and territorial officers of said territory, including the delegate in congress thereof elected in the general election in nineteen hundred and eight, shall continue to discharge the duties of their respective offices in and for said territory, Provided, that no session of the territorial legislative assembly shall be held in nineteen hundred and ten."
The bill was amended on its passage to make it read: There shall be no session of the territorial legislature in 1911.