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of this State; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm that, since the adoption of this constitution by the Congress of the United States, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons, within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, or aided, advised, or assisted any person thus offending: So held me God."
Sec. 2. Treason against this State shall consist only in levying war against it, or in adhering to its enemies, giving them aid and comfort; and no persons shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or his own confession in open court.
Sec. 3. Every person shall be disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit in this State who shall have been convicted of having given or offered a bribe to procure his election or appointment.
SEC. 4. Laws shall be made to exclude from office, serving on juries, and from the right of suffrage those who shall hereafter be convicted of bribery, perjury, forgery, or other high crimes. The privelege of free suffrage shall be supported by laws regulating elections, and prohibiting, under adequate penalties, all undue influence thereon from power, bribery, tumult, or other improper practice. · SEC. 5. Any citizen of this State who shall, after the adoption of this constitution, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, either within the State or out of it, or who shall act as second, or knowingly aid and assist in any manner those thus offending, shall be deprived of holding any office of trust or profit under this State.
Sec. 6. In all elections by the people, the vote shall be by ballot, until the legislature shall otherwise direct; and in all elections by the senate and house of representatives, jointly or separately, the vote shall be given viva voce, except in the election of their officers.
Sec. 7. The legislature shall provide by law for the compensation of all officers, servants, agents, and public contractors, not provided for by this constitution, and shall not grant extra compensation to any officer, agent, servant, or public contractor after such public service shall have been performed, or contract entered into for the performance of the same; nor grant, by appropriation or otherwise, any amount of money out of the treasury of the State to any individual on a claim, real or pretended, where the same shall not have been provided for by preëxisting law: Provided, That nothing in this section shall be so construed as to affect the claims of persons against the Republic of Texas heretofore existing,
Sec. 8. No money shall be drawn from the treasury but in pursuance of specific appropriations made by law; nor shall any appropriation of money be made for a longer term than two years, except for purposes of education; and no appropriation for private or individual purposes, or for purposes of internal improvement, shall be made without the concurrence of two-thirds of both houses of the legislature. A regular statement and account of the receipt and expenditures of all public money shall be published annually in such manner as shall be prescribed by law. And in no case shall the legislature have the power to issue treasury warrants, treasury notes, or paper of any description, intended to circulate as money.
SEC. 9. All civil officers shall reside within the State, and all district or county officers within their districts or counties, and shall keep their offices at such places therein as may be required by law.
Sec. 10. The duration of all offices, not fixed by this constitution, shall never exceed four years, (except the office of superintendent of the lunatic asylum, or other asylums that may be established by law, who shall continue in office during good behavior: Provided, That in all cases where the governor has the authority under this constitution, or laws made in pursuance thereof, to appoint to office, he shall also have power to remove from the same for malfeasance in office, neglect of duty, or other good cause: Provided, That a statement of the cause shall, at the time of removal, be furnished the party interested, and a copy thereof shall also be recorded in the Office of the secretary of state.)
Sec. 11. Absence on the business of this State, or of the United States, shall not forfeit a residence once obtained, so as to deprive any one of the right of suffrage, or of being elected or appointed to any office, under the exceptions contained in this constitution.
Sec. 12. The legislature shall have power to provide for deduction from the salaries of public officers who may neglect the performance of any duty that may be assigned them by alw.
Sec. 13. No member of Congress, nor person holding or exercising any office of profit or trust under the United States, or either of them, or under any foreign power, shall be eligible as a member of the legislature, or hold or exercise any office of profit or trust under this State.
Sec. 14. The legislature shall provide for a change of venue in civil and criminal cases, and for the erection of a penitentiary at as early a day as practicable.
SEC. 15. It shall be the duty of the legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary and proper to decide differences by arbitration, when the parties shall elect that mode of trial.
Sec. 16. Within five years after the adoption of this constitution, the laws, civil and criminal, shall be revised, digested, arranged, and published, in such manner as the legislature shall direct; and a like revision, digest, and publication shall be made every ten years thereafter.
Sec. 17. No lottery shall be authorized by this State; and the buying and selling of lottery-tickets within this State is prohibited.
SEC. 18. No divorce shall be granted by the legislature.
SEC. 19. All property, both real and personal, of the wife, owned or claimed by her before marriage, and that acquired afterward by gift, devise, or descent, shall be her separate property: and laws shall be passed more clearly defining the rights of the wife in relation as well to her separate property as that held in common with her husband. Laws shall also be passed providing for the registration of the wife's separate property.
SEC. 20. The rights of property and of actions which have been acquired under the constitution and laws of the Republic of Texas shall not be divested; nor shall any rights or actions which have been divested, barred, or declared null and void by the constitution and laws of the Republic of Texas be reinvested, revived, or reinstated by this constitution; but the same shall remain precisely in the situation which they were before the adoption of this constitution. Sec. 21. All claims, locations, surveys, grants, and titles to land which are declared null and void by the constitution of the Republic of Texas, are, and the same shall remain forever, null and void.
Sec. 22. The legislature shall have power to protect, by law, from forced sale a certain portion of the property of all heads of families. The homestead of a family not to exceed two hundred acres of land, (not included in a town or city,) or any town or city lot or lots, in value not to exceed two thousand dollars, shall not be subject to forced sale for any debts hereafter contracted, nor shall the owner, if a married man, be at liberty to alienate the same, unless by the consent of the wife, in such manner as the legislature may hereafter point out.
SEC. 23. The legislature shall provide in what cases officers shall continue to perform the duties of their offices until their successors shall be duly qualified.
SEC. 24. Every law enacted by the legislature shall embrace but one object, and that shall be expressed in the title.
Sec. 25. No law shall be revised or amended by reference to its title; but in such case the act revised, or section amended, shall be reënacted and published at length.
Sec. 26. No person shall hold or exercise at the same time more than one civil office of emolument, except that of justice of the peace.
Sec. 27. Taxation shall be equal and uniform throughout the State. All property in this State shall be taxed in proportion to its value, to be ascertained as directed by law, except such property as twothirds of both houses of the legislature may think proper to exempt from taxation. The legislature shall have power to lay an incometax, and to tax all persons pursuing any occupation, trade, or profession: Provided, That the term “ occupation " shall not be construed to apply to pursuits either agricultural or mechanical.
SEC. 28. The legislature shall have power to provide by law for exemption from taxation, two hundred and fifty dollars' worth of household-furniture, or other property, belonging to each family in this State.
Sec. 29. The assessor and collector of taxes shall be appointed in such manner and under such regulations as the legislature may direct.
Sec. 30. No corporate body shall hereafter be created, renewed, or extended with banking or discounting privileges.
Sec. 31. No private corporation shall be created, unless the bill creating it shall be passed by two-thirds of both houses of the legislature; and two-thirds of the legislature shall have power to revoke and repeal all private corporations by making compensation for the franchise. And the State shall not be part owner of the stock or property belonging to any corporation.
SEC. 32. The legislature shall prohibit, by law, individuals from issuing bills, checks, promissory notes, or other paper to circulate as money.
SEC. 33. The aggregate amount of debts hereafter contracted by the legislature shall never exceed the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, except in case of war, to repel invasion, or suppress insurrections. And in no case shall any amount be borrowed, except by a vote of two-thirds of both houses of the legislature.
Sec. 31. The legislature may, from time to time, establish new
counties for the convenience of the inhabitants of suchynew county or
Sec. 35. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in the house,
SEC. 36. A well-regulated system of internal improvements is calcu-
except for the foreclosure of mortgages or liens created in the manner prescribed by law. The comptroller of the State is authorized to take possession of any railroad, in default of paying any bonds which may be guaranteed by the State, under such regulations as may be prescribed by law.
MODE OF CALLING A CONVENTION AND AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION
OF THIS STATE.
Sec. 37. The legislature, by a vote of three-fourths of all the members of each house, with the approval of the governor, shall have the power to call a convention of the people, for the purpose of altering, amending, or reforming the constitution of this state; the manner of electing delegates to the convention, the time and place of assembling them, to be regulated by law.
SEC. 38. The legislature, at any biennial session, by a vote of twothirds of all the members of each house, may propose amendments to the constitution, to be voted upon by persons legally qualified to vote for members of the house of representatives of the State; which proposed amendments shall be duly published in the public prints of this State, at least three months before the next general election for the representatives to the legislature for the consideration of the people; and it shall be the duty of the several returning officers at said general election to open a poll for, and make returns to the secretary of state of, the number of legal votes cast at said election for and against said amendment; and if more than one be proposed, then the number of legal votes cast for and against each of them; and if it shall appear, from said return, that a majority of the votes cast upon said proposed amendment or amendments have been cast in favor of the same, and two-thirds of each house of the legislature, at the next regular session thereafter, shall ratify said proposed amendment or amendments so voted upon by the people, the same shall be valid to all intents and purposes as parts of the constitution of the State of Texas: Prorided, That the said proposed amendments shall, at each of said sessions, have been read on three several days in each house of the legislature, and the vote thereon shall have been taken by yeas and nays: And provided further, That the rule in the above proviso shall never be suspended by either of said houses.
SEC. 39. İhat the State of Texas hereby releases to the owner of the soil all mines and mineral substances that may be on the same, subject to such uniform rate of taxation as the legislature may impose. All islands along the Gulf coast of the State not now patented or appropriated by locations under valid land certificates are reserved from location or appropriated | appropriations in any other manner by private individuals than as the legislature may direct.
SECTION 1. African slavery, as it heretofore existed, having been terminated within this State by the Government of the United States, by force of arms, and its reestablishment being prohibited by the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, it is declared that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punish