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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 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 pursuance
of the sentence of a Court-Martial; and may remove 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 Legislature,
or the Senate alone, on extraordinary occasions; and when-
ever 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 convenient place.

SEC. 17.37 (a) To guard against hasty or partial legis-
lation and encroachment of the Legislative Department
upon the co-ordinate Executive and Judicial Departments,
every Bill passed by the House of Delegates and the Senate,
before it becomes a law, shall be presented to the Governor
of the State. If the Governor 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.
Each House may adopt by rule a veto calendar procedure
that permits bills that are to be reconsidered to be read and
voted upon as a single group. The members of each House
shall be afforded reasonable notice of the bills to be placed
on each veto calendar. L^n the objection of a member,
any bill shall be removed from the veto calendar. If, after
such reconsideration, three-fifths of the members elected
to that House pass the Bill, it shall be sent with the
objections to the other House, by which it shall likewise
be reconsidered, and if it passes by three-fifths of the
members elected to that House it shall become a law. 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.

(b) If any Bill presented to the Governor while the
General Assembly is in session is not returned by him with
his objections within six days (Sundays excepted), the bill
shall be a law in like manner as if he signed it, unless the
General Assembly, by adjournment, prevents its return, in
which case it shall not be a law.

(c) 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 is
vetoed by the Governor within 30 days after its

(d) Any Bill vetoed by the Governor shall be returned
to the House in which it originated immediately after the
House has organized at the next regular or special session
of the GeneralAssembly. The Bill may then be reconsidered
according to the procedure specified in this section. 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 specified, shall take effect

Constitution of Maryland/643

30 days after the Governor's veto is over-ridden, or on the
date specified in the Bill, whichever is later. If the Bill is an
emergency measure, 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.

(e) The Governor shall have powe^ 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 Constitu-
tion; 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 nolleprosequi, or pardon, he shall give
notice, in one or more 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. 21.38 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 21A of this Article.

SEC. 21A.39 (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 ap-
po^nted by the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Mem-
bers of the General Assembly and officers and employees
of the State or a political subdivision of the State arc not
eligible for appointment to the Commission. The members
of the Commission shall elect a member to be chairman,
and the concurrence of at least five members is required for
any formal Commission action. The terms of members shall
be for 4 years, except that the persons first appointed to
the Commission shall serve from June 1,197/until May
31,1980. The members of the Commission arc eligible for
reappointment. Members shall serve without compensa-
tion but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in carry-
ing out responsibilities under this section.

37     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; Chapter 793, Acts of 1988,
ratified Nov. 8,1988.

38     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.

39     Added by Chapter 543, Acts of 1976, ratified Nov. 2,1976.


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