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Biennial Legislative Terms. Section two, article four, part first, of the Constitution of this State, as amended under the resolution concerning an amendment of the Constitution of Maine," approved the fourth day of March, in the year eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, shall be further amended by striking out the words “first Wednesday in January next succeeding their election," and inserting in place thereof the words “day next preceding the biennial meeting of the Legislature, and the amendment herein proposed, if adopted, shall determine the term of office of Senators and Representatives to be elected at the annual meeting in September, in the year eighteen hundred and eighty, as well as the term of Senators and Representatives thereafter to be elected," so that said section, as amended, shall read as follows:
"Sec. 2. The House of Representatives shall consist of one hundred and fifty-one members, to be elected by the qualified electors, and hold their office two years from the day next preceding the biennial meeting of the Legislature, and the amendment herein proposed, if adopted, shall determine the term of office of Senators and Representatives to be elected at the annual meeting in September, in the year eighteen hundred and eighty, as well as the term of Senators and Representatives thereafter to be elected. The Legislature, which shall first be convened under this Constitution, shall on or before the fifteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and the Legislature, within every subsequent period of at most ten years, and at least five, cause the number of the inhabitants of the State to be ascertained, exclusive of for. eigners not naturalized and Indians not taxed. The number of Representatives shall, at the several periods of making such enumeration, be fixed and apportioned among the several coun. ties, as near as may be, according to the number of inhabitants, having regard to the relative increase of population. The num. ber of Representatives shall, on said first apportionment, be not less than one hundred and not more than one hundred and fifty." ARTICLE XXVI. Prohibition of the Manufacture and Sale of Intoxicating Liquors.
The manufacture of intoxicating liquors, not including cider, and the sale and keeping for sale of intoxicating liquors, are and shall be forever prohibited.
Except, however, that the sale and keeping for sale of such liquors for medicinal and mechanical purposes and the arts, and the sale and keeping for sale of cider, may be permitted under such regulations as the Legislature may provide.
The Legislature shall enact laws with suitable penalties for the suppression of the manufacture, sale and keeping for sale of intoxicating liquors, with the exceptions herein specified.
Eligibility of the Treasurer of the State. The Treasurer shall be chosen biennially, at the first session of the Legislature, by joint ballot of the Senators and Representa tives in convention, but shall not be eligible more than six years successively.
Appointment of Adjutant-General. The major-generals shall be elected by the Senate and House of Representatives, each having a negative on the other. The adjutant-general and quartermaster-general shall be appointed by the Governor. But the adjutant-general shall perform the duties of quartermaster-general until otherwise directed by law. The major-generals and brigadier-generals and the commanding officers of regiments and battalions, shall appoint their respective staff officers; and all military officers shall be commissioned by the Governor.
Educational Qualifications of Voters. No person shall have the right to vote or be eligible to office under the Constitution of this State, who shall not be able to read the Constitution in the English language and write his name: Provided, however, That the provisions of this amendment shall not apply to any person prevented by a physical disability from complying with its requisitions, nor to any person who now has the right to vote, nor to any person who shall be sixty years of age or upwards at the time this amendment shall take effect.
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND,
Article 1. Elective franchise. 2. Executive department. 3. Legislative department. 4. Judiciary department. 5. Attorney-General and State's
attorney. 6. Treasury department. 7. Sundry officers. 8. Education. 9. Militia and military affairs. 10. Labor and agriculture. 11. City of Baltimore. 12. Public works. 13. New counties. 14. Amendments to the Constitu
tion. 15. Miscellaneous.
Declaration of Rights. Article 1. The government of right origi
nates from the people. 2. The Constitution of the United
States the supreme law. 3. Powers not delegated to the
United States are reserved to
the States. 4. The people have the sole right
to regulate the internal gov
ernment. 5. The people of Maryland are en
titled to the common law of
England. 6. The people have the right to
reform bad government. 7. Elections ought to be free and
frequent. 8. The legislative, executive and
judicial powers of government
ought to be separate and dis
tirct. 9. Power of suspending laws de
rived from the Legislature. 10. Freedom of speech and debate. 11. The seat of government,
Annapolis. 12. The Legislature ought to be fre
quently convened. 13. Every man has a right to peti
tion the same for redress of
grievances. 14. Taxes, etc., not to be levied
without the consent of the
Legislature. 15. Taxes may be imposed for the
benefit of the community. 16. No law to inflict cruel punish
ment. 17. No ex post facto law ought to
be made. 18. No law to attaint particular
persons of treason, or felony,
ought to be made. 19. Justice and right to be free and
speedy. 20. The trial of facts, one of the
greatest securities of the
people. 21. In all criminal prosecutions
every man has a right to be informed of the accusation against him; to a speedy trial
by an impartial jury. 22. No man need give evidence
against himself. 23. Imprisonment of freemen. 24. Slavery shall not be re-estab