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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OREGON.
Section 18. Private property taken for pub
lic use. 19. Imprisonment for debt. 20. Exclusive privileges shall not
be granted to any class of cit.
izens. 21. What laws shall not be passed. 22. How laws may be suspended. 23. Habeas corpus. 24. Treason against the State, evi.
dence of. 25. No conviction shall work cor
ruption of blood or forfeiture
of estate. 26. The people shall have the right
to assemble together in peaceable manner for the com
Bill of Rights. Section 1. All men are of equal rights. 2. Religious worship. 3. Religious opinion. 4. Religious test. 6. State money shall not be given
to any religious sect or denomi.
nation. 6. Witnesses. 7. Oath or affirmation. 8. Freedom of speech. 9. Searches, seizures and warrants. 10. Courts not to be secret. 11. Rights of defendant, 13. Not to be tried twice for same
crime. 13. Treatment of persons under ar
rest. 14. Ball. 16. Punishment of crime. 10. Excessive ball and fines.-Pow
er of jury in criminal cases. 17 Civil cases.-Right of trial by
Jury shall be inviolate.
mon good. 27. The right to bear arms. 28. Quartering soldiers. 29. Titles of nobility. 30. Emigration. 31. Rights of white foreigners.
What emigration may be re
strained. 32. Taxes and duties. 33. Enumeration of rights, how con
strued. 34. Prohibition of slavery. 85. Free negroes and mulattoes.
Suffrage and Elections.
1. Elections free. 2. Qualifications of voters. 3. Idiotic, insane or convict per
sons not voters. 4. Residence. 5. Soldiers, seamen or marines may
not vote. 8. Negroes, Chinamen or mulattoen
may not vote.
from holding office.
Section 9. Duels, disqualify from holding
any office of trust or profit. 10. Lucrative offices. 11. Collector, when ineligible to of
fice. 12. Appointment pro tempore. 13. When electors are free from
arrest, 14. General elections to be held bi
ennially. 15. Votes to be given viva voce. 16. Plurality shall elect. 17. Electors.
Distribution of Powers, 1. Powers of government.
Legislative Department. 1. Legislative authority.-Style of
a bill. 2. The Senate shall consist of six
teen and the House of thirty
four members. 8. By whom chosen. 4. Terms of senators and repre
sentatives, Senators, how
classified. 8. Census to be taken every ten
years. 6. Apportionment. 7. Senatorial districts. 8. Qualifications of senators, etc. 9. Senators, when they are to be
free from arrest.-Words ut
tered in debate. 10. Sessions of the Legislative As
sembly. 11. Election of officers.-Judge of
not be passed. 24. Suit against the State. 25. Majority necessary to pass A
bill.Bill to be signed bri
qualifications of members, etc.
Yeas and nays. 14. Open doors.-When sessions may
be secret. 16. Punishment and expulsion of
members. 16. Punishment of a person not a
member. 17. General powers. 18. Bills may originate in either
Executive Department. 1. Executive power vested in than
Governor.-Term of office. 2. Qualifications of Governors. 3. Who not eligible. 4. Election of Governor. 5. In case of a tie how decided. 6. Contested elections. 7. Term of office. 8. In case of vacancy or disability. 9. Governor commander-in-chief of
military and naval forces of
the State. 10. To take care that the laws ar.
executed. 11. He shall, from time to time,
give the Assembly information. 12. He may convene the Legislature. 13. To transact all necessary bun
ness with officers. 14. May grant reprieves and par
đong. 15. Veto power.-Reconsideration.
Vote to be by yeas and nagı. 16. Governor to fill vacancies by
appointment. 17. He shall issue writs of election. 18. Commissions.
ARTICLE VI. Administrative Department. 1. Election of Secretary and Treus
urer of State.
Finance. Section 1. Assessment and taxation. 2. Current expenses. 3. Law levying taxes. 4. Money to be drawn from treas
ury only by appropriation. 5. Publication of receipts and ex
penses. 6. Tax for deficiency. 7. Appropriations. 8. Stationery, how furnished.
Militia. 1. Militia. 2. Who are exempt. 3. Governor to appoint Adjutant
General and other chief ot
ficers. 4. Staff officers.-Governor to com
mission. 5. Legislature to make regulations
ARTICLE XI. Corporations and Internal Improve
Judicial Department. 1. Judicial power of the State, in
whom vested. Municipal
Court. 2. Supreme Court, Justices of. 3. Term of office. 4. Vacancy. 5. Who to be Chief Justice. 6. Jurisdiction of Supreme Court. 7. Terms of Supreme Court. 8. Circuit Courts. 9. Jurisdiction of Circuit Courts. 10. When the Supreme and Circuit
Judges may be elected in dis
tinct classes.-Duties of. 11. County Court. 12. Jurisdiction.—Commissioners of
County Courts. 13. Writs granted by County Judges.
-Habeas corpus. 14. Expenses of court in certain
counties. 15. Election of County Clerk, etc.
Legislature may divide the
duties of County Clerk. 16. Sheriff. 17. Prosecuting attorneys. 18. Jurors. 19. Official delinquencies. 20. Removal of judges. 21. Oath of office,
ments. 1. Prohibition of banks. 2. Corporations to be formed under
general laws.-Municipal cor
porations. 3. Liability of stockholders. 4. Compensation for property taken
by corporations. 5. Restrictions upon municipal cor
porations. 6. State not to be a stockholder in
a corporation. 7. Credit of the State not to be
loaned. The power of con
tracting debts. 8. State not to assume county
debts, unless. 9. Municipal corporations. 10. Limitations upon powers to con
tract debts by counties.
Education and School Lands. 1. Superintendent of Public In
struction. 2. Common school fund. 3. System of common schools. 4. Distribution of school funds. 3. Board of commissioners for sale of school lands.
State Printer. 1. State printer.-The rates to be
paid him to be fixed by law.
Salaries. Section 1. Salaries of State officers.-They
shall receive no fees.
Amendments. Section 1. Amendments to Constitution. 2. Two or more amendments.
Seat of Government.
moved.—Taxation of public in-
Miscellaneous 1. Officers to hold office till Suc
cessors are elected. 2. Tenure of office. 3. Oath of office. 4. Lotteries are prohibited. 6. Property of married women. 6. New counties. 7. Officers to receive fee in certain
tate or work mining claims,
Schedule. 1. Election for acceptance or rejec
tion of the Constitution. 2. Questions.-Returns of election. 3. When Constitution to be accept
ed or rejected. 4. If majority of votes cast for
slavery, then this section to be added to bill of rights.-If majority of votes given against
slavery. 5. Apportionment of Senators and
Representatives. 6. Election, under the Constitution
and organization of the State. 7. Former laws. 8. Officers to continue in office
Boundarics. 1. Boundaries of State.
PREAMBLE. We, the people of the State of Oregon, to the end that justice be
established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution.
Bill of Rights. 1. We declare that all men, when they form a social compact, are equal in rights; that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.
2. All men shall be secured in their natural right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.