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Constitutional Revision Study Documents of the Constitutional Convention Commission, 1968
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then shall the governor appoint and
notify one of those days or some day
between, and the assembly shall then
meet and be held accordingly, and he
shall, if necessary, by advice of the coun-
cil, call them before the time to which
they shall in any manner be adjourned,
on giving not less than ten days notice
thereof, but the governor shall not ad-
journ the assembly otherwise than as
aforesaid, nor prorogue or dissolve it at
any time.
30. That no person unless above
twenty-five years of age, a resident in
this state above five years next preced-
ing the election, and having in the state
real and personal property above the
value of five thousand pounds current
money, one thousand pounds whereof
at least to be of freehold estate, shall be
eligible as governor.
31. That the governor shall not con-
tinue in that office longer than three
years successively, nor be eligible as
governor until the expiration of four
years, after he shall have been out of that
32. That upon the death, resignation,
or removal out of this State of the gover-
nor, the first named of the council, for
the time being, shall act as governor,
and qualify in the same manner, and
shall immediately call a meeting of the
general assembly, giving not less than
fourteen days notice of the meeting, at
which meeting a governor shall be ap-
pointed, in manner aforesaid, for the
residue of the year.
33. That the governor, by and with
the advice and consent of the council,
may embody the militia, and when em-
bodied shall alone have the direction
thereof, and shall also have the direction
of all the regular land and sea forces
under the laws of this State, but he shall

not command in person unless advised
thereto by the council, and then only so
long as they shall approve thereof, and
may alone exercise all other the execu-
tive powers of government, where the
concurrence of the council is not re-
quired, according to the laws of this
State, and grant reprieves or pardons
for any crime, except in such cases
where the law shall otherwise direct;
and may, during the recess of the gen-
eral assembly, lay embargoes to prevent
the departure of any shipping, or the
exportation of any commodities, for any
time not exceeding thirty days in any
one year, summoning the general as-
sembly to meet within the time of the
continuarce of such embargo, and may
also order and compel any vessel to ride
quarantine, if such vessel, or the port
from which she shall have come, shall,
on strong grounds, be suspected to be
infected with the plague; but the gover-
nor shall not, under any pretence, exer-
cise any power or prerogative, by virtue
of any law, statute, or custom of England
or Great-Britain.
34. That the members of the council,
or any three or more of them, when
convened, shall constitute % board for
the transacting of business; that the
governor for the time being shall pre-
side in the council, and be entitled to a
vote on all questions in which the coun-
cil shall be divided in opinion; and in
the absence of the governor the first
named of the council shall preside, and
as such shall also vote in all cases where
the other members disagree in their
35. That in case of refusal, death,
resignation, disqualification, or removal
out of the State, by any person chosen
a member of the council, the members
thereof, immediately thereupon, or at
their next meeting thereafter, shall elect,


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