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and Corrections shall have charge of the building and premises occupied by or appropriated to the office of Health, Charities and Corrections, of the books, furniture, fixtures records and other property pertaining to it, or hereafter acquired for use in his business, when he shall be allowed, with the approval of the Executive Council, to expend for the purchase of books and for the rental of appropriate buildings for the accommodation of the several branches of the office, and for all other incidental expenses, such sums as the Legislative Assembly of Porto Rico, may provide from time to time; and, provided, that all officers, clerks and employees now employed in or by any of the bureaus, offices or branches of the public service in this Act transferred to the office of Health, Charities and Corrections, are each and all transferred to said office, except where otherwise provided in this Act, and until a readjustment of salaries may be made by the Director of Health, Charities and Corrections and submitted for approval to the Executive Council; and provided, further, that all laws prescribing the work and defining the duties of the several bureaus, officers or branches of the public services by this Act be transferred to and be made a part of the office of Health, Charities and Corrections, so far as the same are not in conflict with the provisions of this Act, remain in full force and effect until otherwise provided by law, or until a re-organization of the services may be made by the Director of Health, Charities and Corrections and submitted for approval to the Executive Council.
SECTION 18.–That the Governor shall, upon the recommendation of the Director, and by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, appoint a superior board of health of five members, consisting of a supervisor of health (chairman), one physician, one lawyer, one civil engineer and one druggist, who shall hold their offices for two years, without compensation except for traveling and other expenses which may arise when engaged in official business.
SECTION 19.—The superior board of health shall be an advisory board to the Director of Health, Charities and Corrections on all matters concerning sanitary investigations and inquiries of the causes of diseases, and especially those of epidemics, including domestic animals, the sources of mortality and the effects of localities, employments, conditions, habits, foods, beverages and drugs on the public health; the framing and publishing of rules and regulations for public hygiene in the Island and the abatement of nuisances and causes of special diseases; the plans and specifications for all new water supplies, drainage, sewerage, plants and public institutions of all kinds, insular or municipal, and the alteration of such works, institutions and places; the general supervision over the insular system of the registry of births, marriages and deaths, and of the prevailing diseases; the admission of persons to the practice of pharmacy, dentistry, practicantes, embalming and burials; the examination and licensing of plumbers and the observance of all the sanitary regulations adopted by the government of the Island; to inquire into and report upon all infractions of the laws governing the good condition and purity of foods, labels, beverages, medicines and drugs; the rules for the regulation of occupations prejudicial or dangerous; to report concerning any special cause of danger to life and making suggestion in connection therewith; to inspect, through the inspector of public health, and see to all things which concern public health and individual security. The Director shall make regulations subject to the approval of the Executive Council governing all things concerning the following matters : Public water supply, markets, bakeries, general grocery stores, milk stalls and meat stalls, public institutions, schools, asylums, jails, hospitals, dispensaries, court rooms, theaters and residences, purity, brands, labels and good conditions of foods, beverages, liquors, drugs and medicines; vital statistics, marriages, births and deaths; examination, licensing and registration of veterinarians, dentists, druggists, practicantes, plumbers and undertakers; sewerage, street cleaning, public water-closets, and cess-pools, nuisances, slaughter-houses, stables and yards; infectious and contagious diseases, traffic, business, industries and factories injurious to public health ; funerals and cemeteries, disinfections, licenses and permits, vaccination and the production of vaccine virus; diseases of domestic animals communicable to human beings; interior quarantine, poisons, explosives and special danger to life and health and the origin thereof; intervention in and sanitary inspection of conveyances on land for travel and traffic.
SECTION 20.-No court of the Island shall have power to give any order retarding, delayivg, suspending or preventing the Director of Health, Charities and Corrections, or of any of his officials or inspectors duly authorized therefor, from proceeding to abate a nuisance or source of filth liable to produce sickness or dangerous to the public health, until the Director shall have been notified and given an opportunity to appear personally or through the supervisor of health at the hearing of such application.
SECTION 21.–That the superior board of health shall hold regular meetings at the office of the Director of Health, Charities and Corrections at least once in each month on dates to be fixed by the Director. Special meetings may be held either on request of the Director or on call of the chairman. Three members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
SECTION 22.-For the fiscal year 1904-05 the appropriation made for the office of the director of charities, the office of the director of prisons, and the office of the superior board of health shall become the appropriations for the office of the Director of Health, Charities and Corrections.
SECTION 23.-All laws, parts of laws, general orders
or royal decrees, in conflict with this Act, be and the same are hereby repealed.
SECTION 24.-This Act shall take effect and be enforced from and after the first day of April, 1904.
Approved, March 10, 1904.
AUTHORIZING THE LISTING, APPRAISEMENT AND SALE OF
INSULAR PERSONAL PROPERTY, AND FOR OTHER PUR
POSES. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Porto Rico:
SECTION 1.—The Commissioner of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to have listed and appraised all of the personal property formerly belonging to the several harbor works boards of Porto Rico, and now in charge of the bureau of public works, and such other personal property in charge of the bureau of public works and the bureau of docks and harbors, embracing dredges, steam-tugs and launches, boats, stationery and portable engines, boilers, wood and iron-working machinery, lumber, hardware, supplies and material on hand, as in the judgment of the Commissioner of the Interior is and will be of no further use or service in the prosecution of insular works.
SECTION 2.–That the Commissioner of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to offer for sale at public auction, for cash, all of the property so listed and appraised as provided in section 1, after notice of the date, place and terms of sale published for three weeks in two newspapers of general circulation in Porto Rico, and the posting of written or printed notices thereof in at least fifteen public places on the Island; Provided, however, that no bid of less than two-thirds of the appraised value of any property so offered shall be considered.
SECTION 3.-That in event of the failure of any of said property to sell at public outcry as herein provided, then the Commissioner of the Interior is hereby authorized to dispose of the same as a whole or in parcels at private sale at not less than two-thirds of the appraised value thereof.
SECTION 4.—That the proceeds of the sales of said property, less the expense of preparing, advertising and selling the same, shall be paid into the treasury of Porto Rico.
SECTION 5.-That this Act shall take effect from and after its passage.
Approved, March 10, 1904.
TO PROVIDE FOR THE TAKING OF AN INVENTORY OF ALL
PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE INSULAR GOVERNMENT,
Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Porto Rico:
SECTION 1.-Within thirty days after the passage of this Act, each head of department, bureau, or other officer of the Insular Government, shall cause to be made an inventory of all office supplies, books, tools, furniture, wagons, horses, harness, or others items of personal property belonging to the Insular Government, except the official records of his office and such supplies of stationery as may be issued by the printing and supply division of the Auditor's office, or other expendable supplies, such as pencils, pens, paper, chalk, building materials, etc., purchased elsewhere, that are in his possession or in use by his employees, and all said inventories shall be subject at all times to the inspection of the Auditor of Porto Rico. .