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Proceedings and Debates of the 1864 Constitutional Convention
Volume 102, Volume 1, Debates 1885   View pdf image (33K)
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Sec. 14, In case of vacancy, during the
recess of the senate, in any office which the
governor has power to fill, he shall appoint
some suitable person to said office, whose
commission shall continue in force till the
end of the next session of the general assem-
bly, or till some other person is appointed to
the same office, whichever shall first occur,
and the nomination of the person thus ap-
pointed during the recess, or of some other
person in his place, shall be made to the
senate within thirty days after the next meet-
ing of the general assembly.
Sec. 15. 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 general
Sec. 16. All civil officers appointed by the
governor and senate, shall be nominated to
the senate within fifty days from the com-
mencement of each regular session of the
general assembly; and their term of office,
except in cases otherwise provided tor in this
constitution, 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
Sec. 17. The governor may suspend or ar-
rest any military officer of the State for diso-
bedience of orders, or other military offence,
and may remove him in pursuance of the
sentence of a court-martial; and may remove,
for incompetency or misconduct, all civil offi-
cers who received appointments from the ex-
ecutive for a term not exceeding two years.
Sec. 18. The governor may convene the
general assembly, or the senate alone, on ex-
traordinary occasions; and whenever, from
the presence of fin enemy, or from any other
cause, the seat of government shall become
an unsafe place for the meeting of the general
assembly, he may direct their sessions to be
held at some other convenient place.
See. 19. It shall be the deity of the governor
semi-annually, aid oftener if he deem it ex-
pedient, to examine the bank book, account
books, and official proceedings of the treas-
urer and comptroller of the State.
Sec. 20. He shall from time to time inform
the general assembly of the condition of the
State, and recommend to their consideration
such measures as he may judge necessary and
See. 21, He shall have power to grant re-
prieves and pardons, except in cases of im-
peachment, and in cases in which he is pro-
hibited by other articles of this constitution,
and to remit fines and forfeitures for offences
against the Static; but shall not remit the
principal or interest of any debt due to the
State, except in cases of fines and forfeitures ;
and before granting a nolle prosequi, or par-
don, he shall give notice in one or more news-
papers of the application made for it, and of
lire day on or after which his decision will be
given; and in every case in which he exer-
cises this power, lie shall report to either
branch of the general assembly, whenever
required, the petitions, recommendations and
reasons which influenced his decision.
Sec. 22. The governor shall reside at the
seat of government, and shall receive for his
services an annual salary of four thousand
Sec. 23. A secretary of State shall be ap-
pointed by the governor, by and with the ad-
vice and consent of the senate, who shall
continue in office, unless sooner removed by
the governor, till the end of the official term
of the governor from whom lie received his
appointment, and shall receive an annual
salary of one thousand dollars.
Sec. 24. The secretary of State shall carefully
keep and preserve a record of all official
acts and proceedings, which may atall times
be inspected by a committee of either branch
of the general assembly, and shall perform
such other duties as are now or may hereaf-
ter be prescribed by law, or as may properly
belong to his office.
Section 1. The legislature shall consist of
two) distinct branches, a senate and a house
of delegates, which shall be styled " the gen-
eral assembly of Maryland."
Sec. 2. Immediately after the adoption of
this constitution, and before there shall have
been held any general election under it, the
mayor and city council of Baltimore shall
proceed to lay off and divide the said city into
three several districts, of equal population
and contiguous terrritory, as near as may be,
which said districts shall be called the first,
second, and third legislative districts of Balti-
more city.
Sec. 3 Every county in the State, and
each legislative district of Baltimore city, as
hereinbefore provided for, shall be entitled to
' one senator, who shall be elected by the qual-
ified voters of the counties, and cot the legislative
districts of Baltimore city, respectively,
and shall serve for tour years from the date of
ills election, subject to the classification of
senators hereinafter provided for.
Sec. 4. The what» population of the State
shall constitute the basis of representation in
the house of delegates, and the apportionment
of the delegates among the several counties
and legislative districts of the city of Balti-
more, shall he as follows: For every five
thousand persons, or a fractional part thereof
above one-half, one delegate shall be chosen,
until the number of dele-rates in each county
and legislative district of the city of Balti-
more, shall reach five; above that number,
one delegate shall be chosen for the next twenty

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