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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE.

Article

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.

free to

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

a

Section

and Representatives shall be

held. 8. When the first session of the

General Assembly shall com

mence.

a

Section

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.

ARTICLE II.

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

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.

General Assembly.
4. An enumeration of the qualified

voters and an apportionment
of the Representatives in the

General Assembly.
5. The number of representatives

shall be 6. The number of Senators shall be. 7. The first election of Senators |

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