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SEC. 3. The Board of Public Works is hereby authorized,

subject to such regulations and conditions as the General As-
sembly may from time to time prescribe, to sell the State's inter-
est in all works of Internal Improvement, whether as a stock-
holder or a creditor, and also the State's interest in any banking
corporation, receiving in payment the bonds and registered debt
now owing by the State, equal in amount to the price obtained
for the State's said interest.


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SECTION 1. The General Assembly may provide, by

Law, for organizing new Counties, locating and removing coun-
ty seats, and changing county lines; but no new county shall be
organized without the consent of the majority of the legal voters
residing within the limits proposed to be formed into said new
county; and whenever a new county shall be proposed to be
formed out of portions of two or more counties, the consent of a
majority of the legal voters of such part of each of said counties,
respectively, shall be required; nor shall the lines of any county
nor of Baltimore City be changed without the consent of a ma-
jority of the legal voters residing within the district, which under
said proposed change, would form a part of a county or of Balti-
more City different from that to which it belonged prior to said
change; and no new county shall contain less than four hundred
square miles, nor less than ten thousand inhabitants; nor shall
any change be made in the limits of any county, whereby the
population of said county would be reduced to less than ten
thousand inhabitants, or its territory reduced to less than four
hundred square miles. No county lines heretofore validly estab-
lished shall be changed except in accordance with this section.

SEC. 2. The General Assembly shall pass all such Laws

as may be necessary more fully to carry into effect the provisions
of this Article.



SEC. 1. The General Assembly may propose amendments
to this Constitution; provided that each amendment shall be em-
braced in a separate bill, embodying the Article or Section, as
the same will stand when amended and passed by three-fifths of
all the members elected to each of the two Houses, by yeas and
nays, to be entered on the Journals with the proposed amend-
ment. The requirement in this section that an amendment pro-
posed by the General Assembly shall be embraced in a separate
bill shall not be construed or applied to prevent the General As-
sembly from (1) proposing in one bill a series of amendments to
the Constitution of Maryland for the general purpose of remov-
ing or correcting constitutional provisions which are obsolete,
inaccurate, invalid, unconstitutional, or duplicative; or (2) em-
bodying in a single Constitutional amendment one or more Arti-
cles of the Constitution so long as that Constitutional amend-
ment embraces only a single subject. The bill or bills proposing
amendment or amendments shall be publicized, either by pub-
lishing, by order of the Governor, in at least two newspapers, in

Constitution of'Maryland/'783

each County, where so many may be published, and where not
more than one may be published, then in that newspaper, and in
three newspapers published in the City of Baltimore, once a
week for four weeks, or as otherwise ordered by the Governor in
a manner provided by law, immediately preceding the next ensu-
ing general election, at which the proposed amendment or
amendments shall be submitted, in a form to be prescribed by
the General Assembly, to the qualified voters of the State for
adoption or rejection. The votes cast for and against said pro-
posed amendment or amendments, severally, shall be returned to
the Governor, in the manner prescribed in other cases, and if it
shall appear to the Governor that a majority of the votes cast at
said election on said amendment or amendments, severally, were
cast in favor thereof, the Governor shall, by his proclamation,
declare the said amendment or amendments having received said
majority of votes, to have been adopted by the people of Mary-
land as part of the Constitution thereof, and thenceforth said
amendment or amendments shall be part of the said Constitu-
tion. If the General Assembly determines that a proposed Con-
stitutional amendment affects only one county or the City of
Baltimore, the proposed amendment shall be part of the Consti-
tution if it receives a majority of the votes cast in the State and
in the affected county or City of Baltimore, as the case may be.
When two or more amendments shall be submitted to the voters
of this State at the same election, they shall be so submitted as
that each amendment shall be voted on separately.

SEC. 1A. A proposed Constitutional amendment which,
by provisions that are of limited duration, provides for a period
of transition, or a unique schedule under which the terms of the
amendment are to become effective, shall set forth those provi-
sions in the amendment as a section or sections of a separate ar-
ticle, to be known as "provisions of limited duration", and state
the date upon which or the circumstances under which those
provisions shall expire. If the Constitutional amendment is
adopted, those provisions of limited duration shall have the
same force and effect as any other part of the Constitution, ex-
cept that they shall remain a part of the Constitution only so
long as their terms require. Each new section of the article
known as "provisions of limited duration" shall refer to the title
and section of the other article of the Constitution of which it,
temporarily, is a part.

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to
provide by Law for taking, at the general election to be held in
the year nineteen hundred and seventy, and every twenty years
thereafter, the sense of the People in regard to calling a Conven-
tion for altering this Constitution; and if a majority of voters at
such election or elections shall vote for a Convention, the Gener-
al Assembly, at its next session, shall provide by Law for the as-
sembling of such convention, and for the election of Delegates
thereto. Each County, and Legislative District of the City of
Baltimore, shall have in such Convention a number of Delegates
equal to its representation in both Houses at the time at which
the Convention is called. But any Constitution, or change, or
amendment of the existing Constitution, which may be adopted
by such Convention, shall be submitted to the voters of this
State, and shall have no effect unless the same shall have been
adopted by a majority of the voters voting thereon.


'"Amended by Chapter 362, Acts of 1890, ratified Nov. 3, 1891.

'"Amended by Chapter 618, Acts of 1947, ratified Nov. 2, 1948; Chapter 550, Acts of 1976, ratified Nov. 2, 1976; Chapter 681, Acts

of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.

^"Originally Article XIII, sec. 6, this section was renumbered with the repeal of sections 2 through 5 by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977,

ratified Nov. 7, 1978.

"'Amended by Chapter 476, Acts of 1943, ratified Nov. 7, 1944; Chapter 367, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972; Chapter 679, Acts

of 1977, and Chapter 975, Acts of 1978, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.

""Added by Chapter 680, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.

^'Amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956.

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