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Proceedings and Debates of the 1850 Constitutional Convention
Volume 101, Volume 1, Debates 18   View pdf image
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receive such salary as may be allowed by law,
which shall not be increased or diminished du-
ring their continuance in office.
Sec. 2. For the election of the Commission-
ers of Public Works, the State shall be divid-
ed into four districts The counties of Allega-
ny, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore
and Harford, shall constitute the first district.
The counties of Montgomery, Howard, Anne
Arundel, Calvert, St. Mary's, Charles and Prince
George's shall constitute the second district.
Baltimore city shall constitute the third district.
The counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's,
Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and
Worcester shall constitute the fourth district.
One commissioner shall he elected in each dis-
trict, who shall have been a resident thereof at
least five years next preceding his election.
Sec. 3. The said Commissioners shall be
elected by the qualified voters of their dis-
tricts respectively; the returns of their election
shall be certified to the Governor, who shall,
'by proclamation, declare the result of the elec-
tion Two of the said Commissioners, first
elected, shall hold their office for four years.
and the other two for two years from the first
Monday of December next succeeding their
election. And at the first meeting after their
election, or as soon thereafter as practicable,
they shall determine, by lot, who of their num-
ber shall hold their offices for four and two
years respectively; and thereafter there shall
be elected as aforesaid at each general election
of. Delegates, two Commissioners for the term
of four years, to be taken from the districts
respectively, wherein the Commissioners re-
sided at the time of their election, whose term
of service has expired. And in case of a va-
cancy in the office of either of said Commis-
sioners, by death, resignation, or otherwise, the
Governor, by and with the advice and consent
of the Senate, shall appoint some qualified
person from the same district, to serve until the
next general election of Delegates, when an
election shall be held, as aforesaid, for a Com-
missioner for the residue of said term. And in
case of an equal division in the Board of Com-
missioners, on any subject committed to their
charge, the Treasurer of the State shall have
power, and shall be called on to decide the
same. And in the, event of a tie vote for any
two of the candidates for the office of Commis-
sioner in the same district, it aball be the duty
of the Governor to commission one or the other
of the candidates having the equal number of
votes. And if the, Governor doubt the legality
or result of any election held for said Commis-
sioners, it shall bring duty to send the returns
of such election to the House of Delegates, who
shall judge of the election, and qualification of
the candidates at such election.
Sec. 4. During the continuance of the lot-
tery system in this State, there shall be elected
by the legal and qualified voters of the State at
every general election for Delegates to the Gen-
eral Assembly, one Commissioner of Lotteries,
who shall hold his office for two years, and
till the qualification of his successor, and shall
be re-eligible. His whole compensation shall
be paid out of the fund raised for the Mary-
land Consolidated Lottery grants, and shall
not exceed the amount of commissions received
by one of the present Lottery Commissioner?
oat of said fund; and he shall give such bond
for the faithful performance of his duties as
is now given by the Lottery Commissioners.
The term of the Commissioner who shall be
elected at the general election for Delegates next
succeeding the adoption of this Constitution,
shall commence at the expiration of the com-
missions of the present Lottery Commissioners,
and continue for two years, and till the quali-
fication of his successor.
Sec. 5, From and after the first day of
April, eighteen hundred and fifty-nine, no lot-
tery scheme shall be drawn for any purpose-
whatever; nor shall any lottery ticket be sold
in this State. And it shall be (be duty (it
the several Commissioners elected under this
Constitution to make such contract or contracts
as will extinguish all existing lottery grants
before the said first day of April, eighteen
hundred and fifty-nine, and also secure to the
State a clear yearly revenue equal to the aver-
age amount derived by the State from the
system for the last five years; but no such con-
tract or contracts shall be valid until approved
by the Treasurer and Comptroller.
Sec. 6. There shall be a Commissioner of
the Land Office elected by the qualified voters
of the State, at the first general election of
Delegates to the Assembly after the ratification
of this Constitution, who shall hold his office
for the term of six years from the first day of
January next after his election. The returns
of said election shall be made to the Governor,
and in the event of a tie between any two or
more candidates, the Governor shall direct a
new election to be held by writs to the several
Sheriffs, who shall hold said election after at
least twenty days' notice, exclusive of the day
of election. The said Commissioner shall sit as
Judge of the Land Office, and receive therefor the
sum of two hundred dollars per annum, to be
paid out of the State Treasury. He shall also
perform the duties of the Register of the Land
Office, and be entitled to receive therefor the
fees now chargeable by said officer; and he
shall also perform the duties of Examiner Gen-
eral, and be entitled to receive therefor the
fees now chargeable by said officer.
The office of Register of the Land Office
and Examiner General, shall be abolished from

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