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LAWS OF DELAWARE.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

CHAPTER 1.

AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION PROPOSED,

AN ACT to propose an Amendment to Section 17 of Article 2 of the

Constitution of this State.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the State of Delaware in General Assembly met, (two-thirds
of each house deeming it necessary and concurring herein, and
by and with the approbation of the Governor):

SECTION 1. That the following amendment be and the Amendment
same is hereby proposed to the Seventeenth Section of Article tion of Arti-
II of the Constitution of this State, as altered by an amend-clensei iebte
ment proposed in and by an act passed April 3d, 1873, and proposed.
ratified by an act passed January 28th, 1875, viz:

Strike out of said Section 17, as altered and amended as Chapter 352,
aforesaid, the words following: “The Legislature shall have Chapter 1;
power to enact a general incorporation act to provide incor- Volume 15.
poration for religious, charitable, literary and manufacturing
purposes, and for the preservation of animal and vegetable
food, building and loan associations, and for draining low
lands; and no attempt shall be made in such act or otherwise
to limit or qualify the power of revocation reserved to the
Legislature in this section.”

And insert in lieu thereof the words following:

“The General Assembly shall also have power, by con- Provisier
current vote of two-thirds of each branch thereof, to enact Incorpora-
general laws providing for the creation of municipal or

tion Act.

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Exception. private corporations, excepting railroad and canal companies;

Provided that the power of revocation in this section reserved
shall apply to corporations created under general laws in the
same manner and to the same extent as to those created by
special acts of the General Assembly; And provided, also,
that this amendment shall not affect any general incorpora-
tion acts heretofore enacted, nor any corporation created
thereunder."

SECTION 2. That the Secretary of State be and he is
hereby directed, after the Governor shall have approved of
the above proposed amendment and this act, duly to publish
the above proposed amendment and this act in two or more
newspapers in this State, for the consideration of the people,
at least three and not more than six months before the next
general election of representatives in this State.

Passed at Dover, March 28, 1883.

Secretary of
State to pub-
lish the
proposed
amendment
in two or
more news-
papers,

CHAPTER 2.

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION PROPOSED.

AN ACT proposing Amendments to the Constitution for the purpose of

Increasing the Number of Senators and Representatives in the Gen-
eral Assembly.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met; (two-
thirds of each house deeming it necessary and concurring,
and by and with the approbation of the Governor):

SECTION 1. That the following amendments be and the
tions Article same are hereby proposed to the Second and Third Sections
2. Constitus of the Second Article of the Constitution of this State:

First, Strike out the third clause of the said Second Sec-
tion reading thus: “There shall be seven Representatives
chosen in each county, until a greater number of Represent-
atives shall by the General Assembly be judged necessary;

Second and
Third Sec-

tion amend.
ed.

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creased.

ofhcer.

and then, two-thirds of each branch of the Legislature concurring, they may by law make provision for increasing their number,” and in lieu thereof substitute and adopt the following, viz: “The House of Representatives shall consist of Representatwenty-five members, eleven of whom shall be chosen from Number inNew Castle County, seven from Kent County and seven from Sussex County. Provided, that, of the eleven Representa - Proviso tives from New Castle County, four shall be chosen by the to New Cas.

tle County. citizens residing in the City of Wilmington, and seven by the citizens residing in the residue of said county. At each bi- Presiding ennial session of the House of Representatives, the person who was Speaker of the House of Representatives at the time of its next preceding adjournment sine die shall preside, or, if absent or disqualified, the person who was Speaker pro tempore at the time of said adjournment, and give a casting vote if the Representatives be equally divided, until its Tie. Speaker and other officers shall be duly chosen and qualified.'

Second, Strike out the third clause of the said Third Section reading thus: “There shall be three Senators chosen in each county. When a greater number of Senators shall by the General Assembly be judged necessary, two-thirds of each branch concurring, they may by law make provision for increasing their number; but the number of Senators shall never be greater than one-half, nor less than one-third of the number of Representatives," and in lieu thereof substitute and adopt the following, viz: “There shall be four Senators Senators. chosen from each county. Provided, that of the four Senators creased! from New Castle County, two shall be chosen by the citizens Proviso. residing in the City of Wilmington and two by the citizens Applewa lcasresiding in the residue of said county. At each biennial tle County. session of the Senate the person who was Speaker of the Presiding Senate at the time of its next preceding adjournment sine die shall preside, or, if absent or disqualified, the person who was Speaker pro tempore at the time of said adjournment, and give a casting vote if the Senators be equally divided, Tie. until its Speaker and other officers shall be duly chosen and qualified

SECTION 2. That the offices of such as may be Senators Adoption of and Representatives at the time of the ratification of the foregoing amendments to the Constitution, shall not be vacated by any of the provisions of said amendments, nor otherwise affected. The first election for Representatives under Time of the Constitution as amended by said provisions, shall be held election. at the general election, on the Tuesday next after the first

officer.

amendments.

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Terms of office.

Proviso,

Monday of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-six. At the said general election there shall be three Senators elected for each of the counties of this State, by the citizens of said counties respectively, under the provisions of the Constitution so amended as aforesaid, one of whom shall be so elected to serve as a Senator for two years from the day of his election and no longer, and the others to serve as Senators for and during the full term of four years from the day of their election and no longer; pro

vided, that of the three Senators for New Castle County so to Applicable. be elected one shall be chosen by the citizens residing in the tle County. City of Wilmington to serve as a Senator for four years as

aforesaid, and two by the citizens residing in the residue of said county, one thereof to serve as a Senator for two years as aforesaid, and the other for four years as aforesaid; and two

Senators shall be elected from each county biennially thereMeeting or after. The first meeting of the General Assembly under the

Constitution so amended, as aforesaid, shall be on the first Tuesday in January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, and the meetings of subsequent biennial sessions on the first Tuesday in January in every second year thereafter.

SECTION 3. That the Secretary of State of this State be by foxernor and he is hereby directed, after the Governor shall have ap

proved of the above proposed amendments, duly to publish two or more the above proposed amendments, and this act, in two or more

newspapers of this State, for the consideration of the people, at least three and not more than six months before the next general election of Senators and Representatives in this State.

Passed at Dover, March 30, 1883.

General As. sembly.

If approved

State shall publish in

newspapers. When

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CHAPTER 3.

AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION PROPOSED.

AN ACT proposing Amendments to Article VI of the Constitution of this

State.

Constitution

amended.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met, (twothirds of each house deeming it necessary and concurring herein, and by and with the approbation of the Governor):

SECTION 1. That the following amendments be and the Amendsame are hereby proposed to Article VI of the Constitution licle 6 of the of this State, to wit :

Strike out Section 2 of said article and insert the following Section 2d in lieu thereof : “There shall be five judges in the State, who shall be Number of

. appointed for twelve years and may be re-appointed for any Term number of like terms. One of them shall be Chancellor and another Chief Justice, who may respectively be appointed from and reside in any part of the State. The other judges shall be Associate Judges, who may be taken from any part of the State, but after appointinent each shall reside, during his term, in the county for which he is appointed. The persons in office at the time of the ratification hereof shall hold their several offices without re-appointment for the term of twelve years thereafter, and the Associate Judge then residing in any county shall be the resident judge of that county within the meaning of this amendment.

“The General Assembly shall have power, with the concur- Municipal rence of two-thirds of all the members of both houses, to establish a court of law and of record in the City of Wilming-mington. ton, and to confer such jurisdiction, civil and criminal, as it Jurisdiction. may deem proper, except of felonious homicide and other capital felonies; and in case of the establishment of such court, a judge therefor shall be appointed by the Governor Judge ap. for the like term as the judges herein mentioned, to reside, Covernor? during his term, in the said city, and with such compensation Compensaas may be provided by law; and the General Assembly may tion. provide for the appointment of such officers as may be needful Appointfor such court, and for the regulation of process issuing there-essary orecfrom, and for granting writs of error from the Court of Errors

Court in
City of Wil-

cers,

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