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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE.
Section 1. Declaration of rights.
12. No conviction shall work cor2. Distribution of powers.
ruption of blood or forfeiture 3. Executive department.
of estate. 4. Elections.
13. No person arrested and confined 6. Impeachments.
in jail shall be treated with 6. Judicial department.
unnecessary rigor. 7. State and county officers.
14. No person shall be put to an8. Militia,
swer any criminal charge but 9. Disqualifications.
by presentment, indictment or 10. Oaths, bribery of elections, new
impeachment. counties. 11. Miscellaneous provisions.
15. All prisoners shall be bailable, The schedule.
except for capital offenses.
16. Excessive bails or fines shall not ARTICLE I.
be required. Bill of Rights.
17. All courts shall be open and jusSection
tice shall be administered Preamble.
without delay. 1. All power is inherent in the
18. No person shall be imprisoned people.
for debt. 2. The government is instituted for
19. The printing presses shall be the common benefit.
every person to ex3. Freedom of religious thought
amine the proceedings of the and worship.
Legislature. 4. No political or religious
test should be required as a quali
20. No law impairing the obligation fication of office.
of contracts shall be made. 5. All elections to be free and
21. No man's services or property
shall be taken without just equal, and the right of suf
compensation being made frage never denied. 6. The right of trial by jury shall!
therefor. remain inviolate.
22. Perpetuities and monopolies 7. The people shall be secure from
shall not be allowed. unreasonable searches and
23. The people have a right to asseizures.
semble in a peaceable manner
to 8. No man shall be deprived of his
consult for the common life, liberty or property but by
good. the judgment of his peers or
24. There shall be militia.-NO the law of the land.
standing army. 9. In all criminal prosecutions the 25. No person shall be subject to accused has the right to be
military law except those emheard for himself.
ployed in the army or militia. 10. No person shall be put in jeop
26. The citizens have the right to ardy twice for the same of
keep and bear arms for their fense.
common defense. u. No ex post facto laws shall be 27. No soldier shall, in the time of made.
peace, be quartered in any quorum. 12. Each house may determine the
and Representatives shall be
held. 8. When the first session of the
General Assembly shall com
house without the consent of
the owner. 28. No person shall be compelled to
bear arms, provided he will
pay an equivalent. 29. An equal participation in the
free navigation of the Mississippi is one of the inherent rights of the citizens of the
State. 30. No hereditary emoluments, priv
ileges or honors shall ever be granted or conferred in this
State. 31. The boundary of the State shall
be as follows. 32. The erection of safe and com
fortable prisons shall be pro
vided for. 33. Slavery and involuntary servi
tude are forever prohibited in
this State. 34. The General Assembly shall
make no law recognizing the right of property in man.
Distribution of Pourers. 1. The powers of the government
shall be the legislative, execu
tive and judicial. 2. No person or persons belonging
to one of these departments shall exercise any of the powers properly belonging to any of the others.
9. Qualifications necessary to be
come a Representative. 10. Qualifications necessary to be
come a Sénator. 11. The Senate and House of Representatives shall each choose
speaker.---Two-thirds in each house shall constitute a
Legislatire Department. 3. The Legislative authority of this
State shall be vested in
rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly conduct and expel a member
by a two-thirds vote. 13. When Senators and Representa
tives shall be privileged from
arrest. 14. Each house may punish by im
prisonment any person not a member, who shall be guilty
of disrespect to the house. 15. The Governor shall have power
to fill vacancies. 16. In regard to the adjournment
of the two houses. 17. Bills may
orignate in either house.---No bill shall embrace
more than one subject. 18. Every bill shall be read once on
three different days. 19. No bill shall be passed after it
has been rejected (during the
same session). 20. The style of the laws of this
State shall be. 21. Each house shall keep a journal
of its proceedings. 22. The doors of each house shall be
kept open. 23. In regard to the salary of the
members of the General As
sembly. 24. No money shall be drawn from
the treasury, except by appropriation.
voters and an apportionment
shall be 6. The number of Senators shall be. 7. The first election of Senators |