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tion or article in the said code, it shall be the duty of the Legislature to enact the same in articles and sections, in the same manner as the said code may be arranged; and to provide for the publication of all additions and alterations which may be made to the said code, and it shall also be the duty of the Legislature to appoint one or more commissioners learned in the law, whose duty it shall be to revise, simplify, and abridge the rules of practice, pleadings, forms of conveyancing, and proceedings of the Courts of record in this State. SEc. 18. Any bill may originate in either House of the General Assembly, and be altered, amended or rejected by the other; but no bill shall originate in either House during the last three days of the session, or become a law, until it be read on three different days of the session in each House, unless three-fourths of the members of the House, where such bill is pending, shall so determine. SEC. 19. No bill shall become a law unless it be passed in each House by a majority of the whole number of members elected, and on its final passage the ayes and noes be recorded. SEC. 20. No money shall be drawn from the Treasury of the State, except in accordance with an appropriation made by law, and every such law shall distinctly specify the sum appropriated, and the object to which it shall be applied, provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from placing a contingent fund at the disposal of the Executive, who shall report to the Legislature at each session the amount expended and the
Rules of Practice,
1852, Res. 14,
Either House may originate Bills.
Passage of Bills.
Appropriations of money to be made by law.
4 Md. 189.
statement of purposes to which it was applied; an accurate Receipts and
o " statement of the receipts and expenditures of
1854, ch. 16, the public money shall be attached to and published with the laws after each regular session of the General Assembly.
pivorces not to SEC. 21. No divorce shall be granted by the
be granted by Ge
'al A blv. only. General Assembly.
§o: SEC. 22. N o debt shall hereafter be contractit immie”". ed by the Legislature, unless such debt shall be authorized by a law providing for the collection of an annual tax or taxes sufficient to pay the interest on such debt as it falls due, and also to discharge the principal thereof within fifteen years from the time of contracting the same, and the taxes laid for this purpose shall not be repealed or applied to any other object until the said debt and the interest thereon shall be fully discharged, and the amount of debts so contracted and remaining unpaid shall never oo: exceed one hundred thousand dollars. The given. credit of the State shall not, in any manner, be given or loaned to or in aid of any individual, association or corporation, nor shall the General Assembly have the power, in any mode, to involve the State in the construction of works of internal improvement, or in any enterprize which shall involve the faith or credit of the State, or make any appropriations proceeds of in therefor. And they shall not use or appropri
jo, ate the proceeds of the internal improvement ojo o companies, or of the State Tax now levied, or which may hereafter be levied, to pay off the public debt, to any other purpose, until the interest and debt are fully paid, or the sinking
fund shall be equal to the amount of the out
standing debt; but the Legislature may, with-
Defence of the
No extra Compensation or Increase of Salary to be allowed.
Disqualification of Senators and Delegates to hold certain offices.
Each House may imprison for disrespect.
No liability for words spoken in debate.
Powers of the House of Delegates.
Provision for vacancies in office of Senator or Delegate,
eral Assembly, and in going to and returning
given, exclusive of the day of the publication of the notice and of the day of election; and in case of such resignation or refusal to act, being communicated in writing, to the Governor, by
the person making it, or if such death occur
during the legislative recess and more than ten
election for Delegates and Senators.
SEc. 31. No law passed by the General As
sembly shall take effect until the first day of
June next after the session at which it may be
Compensation of Senators and Delegates.
Books not to be purchased.
When Laws to take effect.
Office of Attorney General abolished.
General Assembly may disfranchise certain perSOIlS.