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 commis-
sion shall continue in force until 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 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. 13.35 All civil officers nominated by the Governor 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 Legislature; 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 appointment, 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 nominate to the Senate before its
final adjournment, a proper person to fill said vacancy, unless
such vacancy occurs within ten days before said final adjourn-
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 pursuance of the sentence of a
Court-Martial; and may remove for incompetency, or miscon-
duct, all civil officers who received appointment from the
Executive for a term of years.
SEC. 16. The Governor shall convene the Legislature, 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
SEC. 17.3' To guard against hasty or partial legislation and
encroachment of the Legislative Department upon the co-
ordinate Executive and Judicial Departments, 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 approves he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it
with 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 persons voting for and
against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House
respectively. If any Bill presented to the Governor while the
General Assembly is in session shall 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
"Amended by Chapter 626, Acts of 1955, ratified Nov. 6, 1956.
"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.
"Amended by Chapter 194, Acts of 1890, 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.
Assembly shall, by adjournment, prevent its return, in which case
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 unless 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, immediately 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 specified hereinabove. Any Bill enacted over the
veto of the Governor, or any Bill which shall become law as the
result of the failure of the Governor to act within the time
hereinabove specified, shall take effect 30 days after the Gover-
nor'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 effect when enacted. No such vetoed Bill
shall be returned to the Legislature when a new General
Assembly 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 examine under oath the
Treasurer and Comptroller of the State on all matters pertaining
to their respective offices; and inspect and review their Bank and
other Account Books.
SEC. 19. He shall, from time to time, inform the Legislature of
the conditions of the State and recommend 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 Constitution; and to remit
fines and forfeitures for offences against the State; but shall not
remit the principal or interest of any debt due the State, except in
cases of fines and forfeitures; and before granting a nolle prosetjui,
or pardon, he shall give notice, in one ui mure newspapers, of the
application made for it, and of the day on, or after which, his
decision will be given; and in every case, in which he exercises this
power, he shall report to either Branch of the Legislature,
whenever required, the petitions, recommendations and reasons,
which influenced his decision.
SEC. 21." The Governor shall reside at the seat of government,
and, from and after the fourth Wednesday in January 1967, shall
receive for his services an annual salary of Twenty-five Thousand
Dollars, except that beginning in the year 1978 the salary of the
Governor shall be as provided in Section 21 A of this Article.
SEC. 21A.38 (a) The salaries of the Governor and Lieutenant
Governor shall be as provided in this section.
(b) The Governor's Salary Commission is created. It consists of
seven members: The State Treasurer; three appointed by the
President of the Senate; and three appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Delegates. Members of the General Assembly and
officers and employees of the State or a political subdivision of the
State are not eligible for appointment to the Commission. The
members of the Commission shall elect a member to be chairman,
37 Amended by Chapter 315, Acts of 1953, ratified Nov. 2, 1954;
Chapter 641, Acts of 1965, ratified Nov. 8, 1966; Chapter 543, Acts
of 1976, ratified Nov. 2, 1976.
"Added by Chapter 543, Acts of 1976, ratified Nov. 2, 1976.