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Article II

SEC. II.34 In case of any 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 un-
til the end of the next session of the Legislature, or until
some other person is appointed to the same office,
whichever shall first occur; and the nomination of the
person thus appointed, during the recess, or, of some
other person in his place, shall be made to the Senate on
the first day of the next regular meeting of the Senate.

SEC. 12. No person, after being rejected by the Sen-
ate, 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

SEC. 13.35 All civil officers nominated by the Gover-
nor and subject to confirmation by the Senate, shall be
nominated to the Senate within forty days from the
commencement of each regular session of the Legisla-
ture; and their term of office, except in cases otherwise
provided for in this Constitution, shall commence on
the first Monday of May next ensuing their appoint-
ment, and continue for two years, (unless removed from
office), and until their successors, respectively, qualify
according to Law.

SEC. 14. If a vacancy shall occur, during the session
of the Senate, in any office which the Governor and the
Senate have the power to fill, the Governor shall nomi-
nate to the Senate before its final adjournment, a proper
person to fill said vacancy, unless such vacancy occurs
within ten days before said final adjournment.

SEC. 15. The Governor may suspend or arrest any
military officer of the State for disobedience of orders,
or other military offense; and may remove him in pur-
suance of the sentence of a Court-Martial; and may re-
move for incompetency, or misconduct, all civil officers
who received appointment from the Executive for a
term of years.

SEC. 16. The Governor shall convene the Legisla-
ture, or the Senate alone, on extraordinary 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 con-
venient place.

SEC. 17.36 To guard against hasty or partial legisla-
tion and encroachment of the Legislative Department
upon the co-ordinate Executive and Judicial Depart-
ments, every Bill which shall have passed the House of
Delegates and the Senate shall, before it becomes a law,
be presented to the Governor of the State; if he ap-
proves he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it with

M Amended by Chapter 626, Acts of 1955, ratified Nov. 6,
" Amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956;
Chapter 161, Acts of 1964, ratified Nov. 3, 1964; Chapter 576,
Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.
36 Amended by Chapter 194, Acts of 1S90, ratified Nov. 3,
1891; Chapter 714, Acts of 1949, ratified Nov. 7, 1950; Chapter
664, Acts of 1959, ratified Nov. 8, 1960; Chapter 883, Acts of
1974, ratified Nov. 5, 1974.

Constitution of Maryland/799

his objections to the House in which it originated,
which House shall enter the objections at large on its
Journal and proceed to reconsider the Bill; if, after such
reconsideration, three-fifths of the members elected to
that House shall pass the Bill, it shall be sent with the
objections to the other House, by which it shall likewise
be reconsidered, and if it pass by three-fifths of the
members elected to that House it shall become a law;
but in all such cases the votes of both Houses shall be
determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the per-
sons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on
the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill pres-
ented to the Governor while the General Assembly is in
session shaU not be returned by him with his objections
within six days (Sundays excepted), the same shall be a
law in like manner as if he signed it, unless the General
Assembly shall, by adjournment, prevent its return, in
which ease it shall not be a law.

Any Bill presented to the Governor within six days
(Sundays excepted), prior to adjournment of any session
of the General Assembly, or after such adjournment,
shall become law without the Governor's signature un-
less it shall be vetoed by the Governor within 30 days
after its presentment.

Any Bill so vetoed by the Governor shall be returned
to the House in which it originated, immediatgely after
said House shall have organized at the next regular or
special session of the General Assembly. Said Bill may
then be reconsidered according to the procedure speci-
fied hereinabove. Any Bill enacted over the veto of the
Governor, or any Bill which shall become law as the re-
sult of the failure of the Governor to act within the
time hereinabove specified, shall take effect 30 days af-
ter the Governor's veto is over-ridden, or on the date
specified in the Bill, whichever is later, unless the Bill is
an emergency measure, in which event it shall take ef-
fect when enacted. No such vetoed Bill shall be re-
turned to the Legislature when a new General Assem-
bly of Maryland has been elected and sworn since the
passage of the vetoed Bill.

The Governor shall have power to disapprove of any
item or items of any Bills making appropriations of
money embracing distinct items, and the part or parts
of the Bill approved shall be the law, and the item or
items of appropriations disapproved shall be void unless
repassed according to the rules or limitations prescribed
for the passage of other Bills over the Executive veto.

SEC. 18. It shall be the duty of the Governor, semi-
annually (and oftener, if he deem it expedient) to exam-
ine under oath the Treasurer and Comptroller of the
State on all matters pertaining to their respective of-
fices; and inspect and review their Bank and other Ac-
count Books.

SEC. 19. He shall, from time to time, inform the
Legislature of the conditions of the State and recom-
mend to their consideration such measures as he may
judge necessary and expedient.

SEC. 20. He shall have power to grant reprieves and
pardons, except in cases of impeachment, and in cases,
in which he is prohibited by other Articles of this Con-
stitution; and to remit fines and forfeitures for offences
against the State; but shall not remit the principal or in-


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