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Proceedings and Debates of the 1850 Constitutional Convention
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sembly, shall take effect until the first day of
June next, after the session at which it may
be passed, unless it be otherwise expressly de-
clared therein.
Sec. 32. No law shall be passed creating
the office of Attorney General.
Sec. 33. The General Assembly shall have
full power to exclude from the privilege of
voting at elections, or of holding any civil or
military office in this State, any person who
may thereafter be convicted of perjury, bribery
or other felony, unless such person shall have
been pardoned by the Executive.
Sec. 34. Every bill when passed by the
General Assembly and sealed with the Great
Seal, shall be presented to the Governor, who
shall sign the same in the presence of the pre-
siding officers and chief clerks of, the Senate
and House of Delegates. Every law shall
be recorded in the office of the Court of Ap-
peals, and in due time be printed, published
and certified under the great seal to the sev-
eral couris in the same manner as has been
heretofore usual in this State.
Sec. 35. No person who may hereafter be
a collector, receiver or holder of public
moneys shall be eligible as senator or delegate
or to any office of profit or trust under tin's
State, until he shall have "accounted for and
paid into the Treasury all sums on the books
thereof, charged to and due by him.
Sec. 36. Any citizen of this Stale who
shall, after the adoption of this constitution,
either in or out of this State, fight a duel
with deadly weapons, or send or accept a
challenge so to do, or who shall act as second,
or knowingly aid or assist in any manner,
those thus offending, shall ever thereafter be
incapable of holding any office of trust or profit
under this State.
Sec. 37. No lottery grant shall ever here-
after be authorized by the Legislature.
Sec. 38. The General Assembly shall pass
laws necessary to protect the property of the
wife from the debts of the husband during her
life, and for securing the same to her issue
after her death.
Sec. 39. Laws shall be passed by the Le-
gislature to protect from execution a rea-
sonable amount of the property of a debtor, not
exceeding in value the sum of five hundred

Sec. 40. The Legislature shall at. its first
session after the adoption of this Constitution,
adopt some simple and uniform system of
charges in the offices of clerks of courts and
registers of wills in the counties of this State
and the city of Baltimore, and for the collec-
tion thereof; provided, the amount of compensa-
tion to any of said officers shall not exceed the
sum of twenty-five hundred dollars a year,

over and above office expenses, and compensa-
tion to assistant,-; and provided further, that
such compensation of clerks, registers, assist-
ants and office expenses, shall always be paid
out of the fees or receipts of the offices re-
Sec. 41. The House of Delegates shall
have the sole power of impeachment in all
cases, but a majority of all the members must
concur in ac impeachment; all impeachments
shall be tried by the Senate, and when sitting
for that purpose, they shall be on oath or
affirmation to do justice according to the law
and evidence, but no person shall be convicted
without the concurrence of two-thirds of all
the Senators.
Sec. 42. That it shall be the duty of the
Legislature, so soon as the public debt shall
have been fully paid off, to cause to be trans-
ferred to the several counties and the city of
Baltimore, stock in the Internal Improvement
companies, equal to the amount respectively
paid by each towards the erection and com-
pletion of said works at the then market value
of said stock.
Sec. 43. The Legislature shall not pass
any law abolishing the relation of master or
slave, as it now exists in this State.
Sec. 44. No person shall be jimprisoned for
Sec. 45. The Legislature hereafter shall
grant no charter fur banking purposes or renew
any banking corporation now in existence,
except upon the condition that the stockholders
and directors shall be liable to the amount of
their respective share or shares of stock in such
banking institution for all its debts and liabili-
ties upon note, bill or otherwise; and upon the
further condition that no director or other officer
of said corporation shall borrow any money from
said corporation; and if any director or other
officer shall be convicted upon indictment of
directly or indirectly violating this article, he
shall be punished by fine or imprisonment at
the discretion of the court. All banks shall be
open to inspection of their books, papers and
accounts, under such regulations as may be pre-
scribed by law.
Sec. 46. The Legislature shall enact no law
authorizing private property to be taken for pub-
lic use without just compensation, as agreed
upon between the parties or awarded by a jury,
being first paid or tendered to the party entitled
to such compensation.
Sec. 47. Corporations may be formed under
general laws, but shall not be created by spe-
cial act, except for municipal purposes, and in
cases where, in the judgment of the Legisla-
ture, the object of the corporation cannot be
attained under general laws. All laws and
special acts, pursuant to this section, may be


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