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Proceedings and Debates of the 1850 Constitutional Convention
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taken, which shall be confined to the persons
having an equal number; and if the votes should
again be equal, then the election of Governor
shall be determined by lot between those who
shall have the highest and an equal number on
the first vote.
Sec. 5. The State shall be divided into three
districts; St. Mary's, Charles, Calvert, Prince
George's, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and How-
ard counties, and the city of Baltimore, to be
the first; the eight counties of the Eastern Shore
to be the second; and Baltimore, Harford, Fred-
erick, Washington, Allegany and Carroll coun-
ties, to be the third. The Governor, elected
from the third district in October last, shall con-
tinue in office during the term for which he was
elected. The Governor shall be taken from the
first district, at the first election of Governor
under this constitution; from the second district
at the second election; and from the third district
at the third election; and in like manner, after-
wards, from each district, in regular succession.
Sec. 6. A person to be eligible to the office of
Governor, must have attained the age of thirty
years, and been for five years a citizen of the
United States, and for five years next preceding
his election a resident of the State, and for
three years a resident of the district from which
he was elected.
Sec. 7. In case of the death or resignation of
the Governor, or of his removal from the State,
the General Assembly, if in session, or if not, at
their next session, shall elect some other quali-
fied resident of the same district, to be the Gov-
ernor for the residue of the term for which the
said Governor had been elected.
Sec. 8. In case of any vacancy in the office of
Governor during the recess of the Legislature,
the President of the Senate shall discharge the
duties of said office till a Governor is elected as
herein provided fur; and in case of the death or
resignation of said President, or of his removal
from the State, or of his refusal to serve, then
the duties of said office shall, in like manner,
and for the same interval, devolve upon the
Speaker of the House of Delegates, and the
Legislature may provide by law fur the case of
impeachment or inability of the Governor, and
declare what person shall perform the executive
duties during such impeachment or inability;
and for any vacancy in said office, not herein
provided for, provision may be made by law, and
if such vacancy should occur without such pro-
vision being made, the Legislature shall be con-
vened by the Secretary of State for the purpose
of filling said vacancy.
Sec. 9, The Governor shall be commander in
chief of the land and naval forces of the State,
and may call. out the militia to repel invasions,
suppress insurrections, and enforce the execution
of the laws; but shall not take the command in
person without the consent of the Legislature.
Sec. 10. He shall take care that the laws be
faithfully executed.
Sec. 11. He shall nominate, and by and with
the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint
all civil and military officers of the State whose
appointment or election is not otherwise herein
provided for, unless a different mode of appoint-
ment be prescribed by the law creating the office.
Sec. 12. In case of any vacancy during the re-
cess of the Senate, in any office which the Gov-
ernor has power to fill, he shall appoint some
suitable person to said office, whose commission
shall continue ill force fill the end of the next
session of the Legislature, or till some other per-
son is appointed to the same office, which ever
shall first occur, and the nomination of the per-
son thus appointed during the recess, or of some
other person in his place, shall be made to the
Senate within thirty days after the next meeting
of the Legislature.
Sec. 13. No person after being rejected by the
Senate, shall be again nominated for the same
office at the same session, unless at the request
of the Senate; or be appointed to the same office .
during the recess of the Legislature.
Sec. 14. All civil officers appointed by the
Governor and Senate, shall be nominated to the
Senate within fifty days from the commence-
ment of each regular session of the Legislature;
and their term of office shall commence on the
first Monday of May next ensuing their appoint-
ment, and continue for two years, (unless sooner
removed from office,) and until their successors,
respectively, qualify according to law.
Sec. 15. The Governor may suspend or arrest
any military officer of the State, for disobedience
of orders, or other military offence, and may re-
move him in pursuance of the sentence of a court-
martial; and may remove fur incompetency or
misconduct, all civil officers who receive ap-
pointments from the executive for a term not
exceeding two years.
Sec. 16. The Governor may convene the
Legislature, or the Senate alone, on extraordi-
nary occasions; and whenever from the presence
of an enemy, or from any other cause, the seat of
government shall become an unsafe place for the
meeting of the Legislature, he may direct their
sessions to be held at some other convenient
Sec. 17. It shall be the duty of the Governor
semi-annually, and oftener if he deem it expe-
dient, to examine the bank book, account books,
and official proceedings of the Treasurer and
Comptroller of the State.
Sec. 18. He shall from time to time inform
the Legislature of the condition of the State,
and recommend to their consideration such mea-
sures as he may judge necessary and expedient.
Sec. 19. He shall have power to grant re-
prieves and parduns except in cases of impeachment,
and in cases in which he is prohibited by

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