entitled to representatives in both houses of the General Assembly.
The term of service of these commissioners shall commence on
the first Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and
shall continue for two years thereafter or until their successors shall
have entered on the discharge of their duties. Each such board
of commissioners shall possess all the powers and perform all the
duties heretofore possessed and performed by the commissioners or
Levy Court of the county until otherwise provided by law, and
it shall be the duty of the General Assembly, at its first session af
ter the adoption of this constitution to pass an act, prescribing and
defining the powers and duties of the boards of commissioners, so
as to render these uniform throughout the State. The Legisla.
ture shall confer on these boards full power to regulate the muni
cipal offairs of the respective counties, including the opening, alter
ing and closing of county roads, the building of county bridges
and edifices and the management and control of all county prop
erty, together with such additional local legislative and administra
tive powers as may be deemed expedient.
Sec. 2nd. Every commissioner of a county shall receive out of
the county treasury three dollars per diem, besides three cents for
each mile travelled over- in going to and returning from the county
seat, for each day of his attendance at the sittings of his board;
Sec. 3rd. The commissioners of each county, as soon as may
be, after their first election, under this constitution shall proceed to
divide such county into election districts compact in form and
nearly equal in size so that no such district shall contain more than
five hundred voters. A distinct description of the metes and
bounds of the districts so established shall be recorded in the office
of each board and published for the information of the inhabitants
of the county. And whenever, after any election, it shall appear
that more than five hundred votes have been cast in any election
district, it shall be the duty of the existing board of commissioners
for the county in which such district may be situated, to divide the
same into two other-s in the manner above prescribed.
Sec. 4th. The commissioners of the respective counties shall, on
or before the first day of June in each year, designate three justices
of the peace, in and for election district, to serve as judges of all
elections to be holden in such district, until the same period of the
Sec. 5th. There shall be elected by the qualified voters of each
county, on the first Wednesday of November eighteen hundred
and fifty one, and every two years thereafter a county treasurer,
whose duties be the same as those of the treasurer of Baltimore
county now are or as may be hereafter prescribed by law.
Sec. 6th. The county commissioners shall fill all vacancies oc
cur-ring in their own number or in the subordinate county officers,
riot otherwise provided for herein, until the expiration of their res
pective terms of office.
Sec. 7th. The county commissioners shall fix the rates of com