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whose commission 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 hrst 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 All civil officers nominated by the Cover
nor and subject to confirmation by the Senate, shall be
nominated to the Senate within forty days from the corn
mencement 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 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
mcompctcncv, or misconduct, all civil officers who re
ceived appointment from the Executive for a term ofyears

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 convenient

SEC. 17. (a) To guard against hasty or partial
legislation and encroachment of the I eglslative Depart
ment upon the co ordmate Executive and Judicial Depart
ments, 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 it 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 bach House may adopt by rule a veto
calendar procedure that permits bills that are to be recon
ydered 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 Upon
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 ob)ections to the other House, by
which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and it it passes by
three fifths of the members elected to that House it shall
become a law 1 he votes of both Houses shall be deter

mined 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 respective h

(b) If any Bill presented to the Governor while the
General Assembly is in session is not returned b\ him with
his objections within six days (Sundays excepted), the bill
shall be a law in like manner as it he signed it, unless the
General Assembly, by adjournment, pre\ents 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 da) s after its, presentment

(d) Any Bill vetoed by the Governor shall be returned
to the House in which it originated immednteh after the
House has organized at the next regular or special session
of the General Assembly The Bill ma) then be reconsid
ered 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
30 days after the Governor's veto is o\ er ndden, or on the
date specified in the Bill, whichever is later It 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 Assembh of Maryland has been elected and
sworn since the passage of the vetoed Bill

(e) The Governor shall have power to disapprove of
any item or items of any Bills making appropriations of
money embracing distinct items, and the pirt 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 ottener, 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 in
spect 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 )udge
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 ( onstitu
tion, and to remit fines and forfeitures lor otfcnces against
the State, but shall not remit the principal or interest of
any debt due the State, except in cases of tines and
forfeitures, and before granting a nolle pi oseaui, 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, recommen
dations 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



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