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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND.
istered voters.-Qualified by dollar tax.---Military duty.--Who to vote for city council in Providence, to impose a tax,
etc. 3. Of assessment and payment of
registry tax. 4. Who shall not gain residence,
or be permited to vote, 5. Residents on land ceded, etc.,
not electors. 6. Power of General Assembly over
Poroers Distributed. Three departments.
Declaratien of Rights. Section 1. Right of the people to make and
alter their constitution. 2. Object of government-How
laws should be made and burdens distributed. 3. Religious freedom secured. 4. Slavery prohibited. 5. Laws should provide remedies.
Justice should be free, com
plete, prompt. 6. Rights of search and seizure
regulated. i. Provisions concerning criminal
proceedings. 8. Bail, fines and punishments. 9. Bail and habeas corpus. 10. Rights of the accused in criminal
proceedings. 11. Debtors entitled to relief. 12. No ex post facto law, etc., to be
passed. 13. No man to criminate himself. 14. Presumption of innocence.-Ac
cused to be secured without se
verity. 15. Trial by jury. 16. Private property secured. 17. Rights of fishery.
subordinate.-Martial law. 19. Oi quartering soldiers. 20. Liberty of press secured.-Truth
as a defense to libels. 21. Right of people to assemble, and
to petition. 22. Right to bear arms. 23. Rule of construction.
Legislative Pover. 1. Constitution supreme law. 2. Two houses.-General Assembly.
-Style of laws. 3. Sessions of General Assembly. 4. Members not to take fees, etc. 6. Members exempt from arrest, oto. 6. Powers of each house.-Organi.
zation. 7. Powers to make rules, etc. 8. Of the journal, and yeas and
nays. 9. Of adjournments, 10. Of powers not prohibited. 11. Pay of members. 12. Lotteries prohibited. 13. Debts not to be incurred. 14. Private or local appropriations. 15. Of valuations of property and as
sessments. 16. Officers may be continued until
successors qualified. 17. Bills to create corporations to
be continued, except, etc. 18. Of election of Senators in Con
Electors. 1. Of electors owning real estate. 2. Of electors qualified to vote on
adoption of Constitution.-Reg
House of Representatives. Section 1. House, how constituted.-Ratio
of representation. 3. May elect its officers, etc.
Section 7. If Governor or Lieutenant-Gov.
ernor not elected by people, grand committee to elect
How. 8. In case general officers not elect
ed by people, how vacancies
shall be filled. 9. Vacancies in Assembly, how
filled. 10. Majority required to elect,
1. How constituted. 7. Governor to preside.-When to
vote in grand committee. 3. May elect presiding officer in
case of vacancy, etc. 4. Secretary and other officers.
Qualifications of office. 1. Qualified electors only eligible. 2. Conviction of bribery a disqual.
ification, 3. Oath of general officers. 4. Officers, how engaged. 5. How oath to be administered to
Governor, etc. 6. Holding office under United
States, or other government, a disqualification for certain offices, except, etc.
Executive. 1. Or the Governor and Lieutenant
Governor.-How elected. 2. Duty of Governor. 3. He shall command military and
naval forces, except, etc. 4. He may grant reprieves, etc. 6. He may fill vacancies. 6. He may adjourn Assembly, in
case, etc. 7. He may convene Assembly,
when, etc. 8. Commissions, how signed, etc. 9. Lieutenant-Governor, when to
act as Governor. 10. Vacancies, how filled. 11. Compensation of Governor, etc. 12. Duties of general officers.
Judiciary. 1. One Supreme Court.-Inferior
courts, how established. 2. Jurisdiction of courts.-Chan
cery powers. 3. Judges of Supreme Court to in
struct jury.-To give opinion,
etc. 4. Of election and tenure of office
of judges of Supreme Court. 5. Vacancies, how filled. 6. Compensation of judges. 7. Justices of the peace and war
dens, how elected.-Their Juris diction.
Election, 1. Governor and general officers,
when elected. 2. General officers and Members of
Assembly.-How voted for. 8. Same subject.-How votes to be sealed up, transmitted
and counted. 4. List of voters to be kept. (Ob
solete). 6. Ballots for Members of Assem
bly, how counted.-Adjourn
ment of elections, when. 6. Of voting in the city of Provi
Impeachments. 1. Impeachments, how ordered. 2. Impeachments, how tried. 3. What officers liable to impeach.
ment.-Effect of conviction.
Education. 1. Duty of General Assembly to
promote schools, etc.
under this article.
in the military service of the
Amendments. 1. Amendments, how proposed,
how voted upon, how adopted.
ARTICLE V. Manufacture and sale of intox.
icating liquors as a beverage prohibited.
soldiers and sailors.
ARTICLE XIV. Adoption of Constitution. 1. Constitution, when to go into
effect-Its effect on existing
laws, charters, etc. 2. Former debts, etc., adopted. 3. Jurisdiction of Supreme Court. 4. Exemptions of New Shoreham
and Jamestown from military
duty, continued. AMENDMENTS TO THE CON
General Assembly to provide for
the creation of corporations. In all popular elections the ono
having the largest number of votes shall be elected.
We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence
Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and relig. ious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.
ARTICLE I. Declaration of Certain Constitutional Rights and Privileges.
In order effectually to secure the religious and political freedom established by our venerated ancestors, and to preserve the same for our posterity, we do declare that the essential and unquestionable rights and principles hereinafter mentioned shall