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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO.

Article. 1. Bill of rights. 2. Legislative. 3. Executive. 4. Judicial. 5. Elective franchise. 6. Education. 7. Public institutions. 8. Public debt and public works. 9. Militia. 10. County and township organiza

tion.
11. Apportionment.
12. Finance and taxation.
13. Corporations.
14. Jurisprudence.
15. Miscellaneous.
16. Amendments.

Schedule.
Preamble.

Section.

not be tried twice for the same

offense. 11. Freedom of speech and of the

press.-Trials for libel. 12. Transportation for crime forbid

den.-Conviction not to work corruption of blood or forfeito

ure of estate. 13. Quartering of soldiers. 14. Exemption from Illegal seizures

and searches. 15. No imprisonment for debt in any

civil action, or mesne or final

process, except fraud. 16. Right of Justice Courts to be

open. 17. Hereditary emoluments, honors

or privileges not to be granted. 18. Laws may be suspended only by

General Assembly. 19. Private property taken for pube

lic use to receive just compen

sation. 20. Other rights not denied or im

paired, and all powers not herein delegated to remain with the people.

ARTICLE I.

ARTICLE II.

Bill of Rights. Section. 1. All men are by nature free and

have certain inalienable rights. 2. Political power inherent in the

people.Object of government,

right to alter and reform it. 3. The people have the right to

meet together peaceably to

consult for the common good. 4. Right to bear arms for defense

and security.-Standing armies forbidden.-Military subor

dinate to civil power. 5. Right of trial by jury. 6. Slavery forbidden. 7. Religious freedom; test oaths

not to be required, witnesses not to be excluded on account

of religion. 8. Writ of habeas corpus. 9. Excessive bail and fines and

cruel punishments forbidden. 10. Rights of persons accused of

crimes, witnesses, counsel, may

Legislature. 1. Legislative power

vested in General Assembly.-How com

posed. 2. Senators and Representatives to

be elected biennially. 3. Residence of the same. 4. Persons holding office under the

United States or lucrative offices in the State, not eligible

to Legislature.-Exceptions. 6. Persons convicted of embezzle.

ment of public funds and nonaccounting holders of public moneys are debarred from office.

Section. 26. General laws to be uniform in

their operation. 27. The election of officers in the

filling of vacancies not otherwise provided for, to be made according to law.-The vote to

be viva voce. 28. General laws to be passed for

certain purposes. 29. Extra compensation to contract

ors and public officers forbid

den. 30. Limit in formation of counties,

removal of county seats. 31. Pay of officers and members of

General Assembly to be fixed, extra pay in any form not al

lowed. 32. Divorces not to be granted by

General Assembly.

Section 1. Each house to judge of the re

turns of its own members.Quorum.-Powers of the mi

nority. 1. Organization of house to be pre

scribed by law. 1. Each house to choose its own

officers.--May punish members.

-Power of expulsion. 1. Each house to keep a journal.

Majority of all members electmust concur in the passage of

laws. 10. Right of entering protest in

journal. 1. Vacancies in either house, how

filled. 12. Privileges of Senators and Rep

resentatives from arrest, free

dom of debate. 13. Proceedings to be public unless

two-thirds require secrecy. 14. Adjournments restricted. 15. Bills may originate in either

house.-They shall embrace

but one subject. 16. Every bill shall be distinctly

read.-No bill shall contain

more than one subject. 17. Signature of bills and joint

ed must concur in the passage

of laws. 18. Style of laws. 19. Senators and

Representatives not eligible to certain offices during term nor for one year

after. 20. General Assembly to fix terms of office and

compensation, salaries not to be affected dur

ing term. 21. Contested elections to be deter

mined as the law may provide. 22. No money to be drawn from the

Treasury except by laws. 23. The house to have sole power of

impeachment.-Tried by Senate.-Concurrence of twothirds necessary for convic

tion. 24. Officers who may be impeached,

limit of judgments. 25. Beginning of sessions, first ses

sion.

ARTICLE III.

Erecutive. 1. Officers included in executive

department.-Time ot their

election. 2. Terms of certain officers of the

same. 3. Election of return of officers of

the same.--In case of tie how

decided. 4. Proceeding in case of non-ses

sion. The General Assembly

January next after election. 5. Supreme executive power vested

in the Governor. 6. He may require information of

officers in the executive department.--He is to see that the laws are faithfully exe

cuted. 7. He is to communicate by meg.

sage. 8. May,

on extraordinary occa. sions, convene the General As.

sembly. 9. May adjourn General Assembly

in case of disagreement. 10. To be commander-in-chiet of

militia. 11. Pardoning power, limited in

cases of treason or impeachment.

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Section

! Section 12. Great seal to be kept by Gov. 11. Classification of judges of Suernor.

preme Court. 13. Grants and commissions, how

12. Judges of the Court of Common sealed and signed.

Pleas to reside in their dis

tricts. 14. What persons may not act as

13. Vacancies in office of judge to Governor.

be filled by Governor. 15. In case of vacancy, the duties to devolve OD Lieutenant-Gov

14. Salaries of judges not to be in

creased or diminished, they ernor. 16. Lieutenant-Governor to be Presi

hold no other office. dent of the Senate.-Casting

15. General Assembly may increaso vote.-To act as Governor in

or diminish number of judges, case of vacancy.

may establish other courts, but 17. President of Senate to act as

not to vacate the office of any Governor in a certain case.

judge. 18. Governor may All certain offices

16. Court of Common Pleas to havo

clerk elected from each of executive department till disa bility is removed or elec

county, his terms and duties. tion keld.

17. Removal of judges from office. 19. Pay of officers of executive de

18. Judges to have powers and jurispartment.

diction of Chambers, as may 20. Officers of executive department

be directed by law.

19. Courts of Concilllation may be to report to Governor before each regular session of General

established, parties to agree to Assembly.

abide by their judgment.

20. Style of process.
ARTICLE IV.
Judicial.

ARTICLE V. 1. Judicial power, how vested.

Elective Franchise. 2. Supreme Court, how composed,

1. Qualifications of electors. jurisdiction and terms, elec

2. Elections to be by ballot. tion of judges.

3. Privilege of electors from arrest 3. Nine Common Pleas districts to

at elections. be formed, terms, etc.

4. Exclusion from voting for bri4. Jurisdiction of Courts of Com

bery, perjury or other infamon Pleas and of judges to be

mous crime. fixed by law.

6. Persons in military, marine or 5. District Courts, how formed.

naval service not to acquire To be held in each county.

residence by being officially 6. Jurisdiction of District Courts.

stationed. 7. A Probate Court to be estab

6. Idiots and insane persons may lished in each county, to be a

not vote.
Court of Record, open at all
times.-Salary to be paid by

ARTICLE VI.
the county.
8. Jurisdiction of Probate Courts.

Education. 9. Justices of the Peace to be

1. Funds granted ,or Intrusted to elected. terms and powers to

State for educational and rebe fixed by law.

ligious purposes to be invio10. All judges other than those pro

late. vided in the Constitution to be 2. Funds to be provided for mainelected.-Terms not to exceed

taining schools.-No sect to five years.

have control of school funds.

ARTICLE VII.

Section

Public Works to be fixed by law.

Public Institutions. Section 1. Institution for insane, deaf and

dumb to be fostered and sup

ported. 3. Election of Directors of Peniten

tiary and trustees of other State institutions appointed by

Governor and Senate. 3. Governor may fill vacancies in

offices aforesaid until successors are appointed.

ARTICLE IX.

Militia. 1. Persons liable to military duty. 2. Officers elected by persons sub

ject to military duty. 3. Appointment of staff officers.

Non-commissioned officers and

musicians. 4. Officers to be commissioned by

Governor.--He may call out militia, execute the laws, suppress insurrection and repel

invasion. 6. General Assembly shall provide

by law for the safe keeping and protection of public arma

ARTICLE VIII.

Public Debt and Public Works.

1. Restrictions on the formation of

State debts. 2. Debts to repel invasion and sup

press insurrection. To redeem present indebtedness.-Debts

payable from sinking fund. 3. With these exceptions, no debts

shall be created by the State. 4. State credit not to be given or

loaned.-May not become a

stockholder in any company. 6. State not to assume county or

other local debts, except in

time of war. 6. State not to authorize any

county, city or township to become a stockholder, or to raise money or to loan credit to cor

porations. 7. Faith of State pledge for pay

ment of public debt.-Sinking

fund. 8. Commissioners of the sinking

fund, how organized. 9. Duties of these commissioners, to

estimate and make provision for raising and disbursing the

fund. 10. Duty to apply fund to the pay

ment of interest and principal

of debt. 11. To report semi-annually to the

Governor.-To report to Legis

lature. 12. Board of Public Works.---Mem

bers to be elected. 13. Powers and duties of Board of

ARTICLE X. County and Township Organization. 1. General Assembly to provide for

election of county and town.

ship officers. 2. Time of elections.-Term not to

exceed three years. 3. Sheriffs and county treasurers,

not to hold more than four

years in six. 4. Election of township officers.

Time.—Towns. 5. Money to be paid from county

or township treasury only by

law. 6. Removal of justices of the peace

and county and township off

cers. 7. Powers of commissioners and

counties.-Trustees of town. ships are to be fixed by law.

ARTICLE XI.

Apportionment. 1. To be made once in ten years

after 1851. 2. Ratio of counties for Representa

tives.-How adjusted. 3. Fractions.-How assigned.-Rule

prescribed. 4. Counties.-when entitled to sepa

rate representation.-Changes only to be made at regular decennial periods.

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