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Art. 97. In all cases where sums of money are mentioned in this Constitution, the value thereof shall be computed in silver at six shillings and eight pence per ounce.
Art. 98. To the end that there may be no failure of justice or danger to the State by the alterations and amendments made in the Constitution, the General Court is hereby fully authorized and directed to fix the time when the alterations and amend ments shall take effect, and make the necessary arrangements accordingly.
Art. 99. It shall be the duty of the selectmen and assessors of the several towns and places in this State, in warning the first annual meetings for the choice of Senators, after the expiration of seven years from the adoption of this Constitution as amended, to insert expressly in the warrant this purpose among the others for the meeting, to wit: To take the sense of the qualified voters on the subject of a revision of the Constitution; and the meeting being warned accordingly, and not otherwise, the moderator shall take the sense of the qualified voters present as to the necessity of a revision; and a return of the number of votes for and against such necessity shall be made by the clerk, sealed up and directed to the General Court at their then next session; and if it shall appear to the General Court by such return that the sense of the people of the State has been taken, and that, in the opinion of the majority of the qualified voters in the State present and voting at said meetings, there is a necessity for a revision of the Constitution, it shall be the duty of the General Court to call a convention for that purpose; otherwise the General Court shall direct the sense of the people to be taken, and then proceed in the manner before mentioned; the delegates to be chosen in the same manner and proportioned as the representatives to the General Court: Provided, That no alteration shall be made in this Constitution before the same shail be laid before the towns and unincorporated places and approved by two-thirds of the qualified voters present and voting on the subject.
Art. 100. And the same method of taking the sense of the pople as to a revision of the Constitution and calling a convention for that purpose shall be observed afterward, at the expiration of every seven years.
Art. 101. The form of government shall be enrolled on parchment and deposited in the Secretary's office, and be a part of the laws of the land, and printed copies thereof shall be prefixed to the books containing the laws of this State in all future editions thereof.
(Art. 102. The sale, or keeping for sale, or manufacture of alcoholic or intoxicating liquor, except cider, or of any compound of which such liquor is a part, to be used as a beverage, is a misdemeanor, and is hereby prohibited.)
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. IN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AT CONCORD, JANUARY 11, 1889.
On the report of the committee on the time when and the manner in which the several amendments of the Constitution proposed by this Convention shall be submitted to the legal voters of this State for their action, the following resolutions were adopted:
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. In the convention of delegates assembled at Concord, on the first Wednesday of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine, for the purpose of revising the Constitution of this State, in pursuance of an act of the Legislature passed November fifth, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven,
I. Resolved, that the alterations and amendments proposed to the Constitution shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the State at meetings to be called and holden in the several towns, city wards, and places in the State, on the second Tuesday of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hun. dred and eighty-nine, to be by them acted upon at said meetings, or any adjournment thereof within the same week.
II. Resolved, That the selectmen of the several towns, wards, and places in the State be directed to insert in their warrants, calling the said meetings, an article to the following effect: “To take the sense of the qualified voters whether the alterations and amendments to the Constitution proposed by the constitutional convention shall be approved."
III. Resolved, That the sense of the qualified voters shall be taken by ballot upon each of the following questions submitted to them by this convention.
1. Do you approve of changing the time for the meeting of the Legislature from June to January, and of changing the time when the terms of office of the executive and legislative departments shall commence, and the other amendments in conformity therewith, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
Do you approve of compensating the members of both houses of the Legislature, by a fixed salary, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
3. Do you approve of filling vacancies in the Senate by a new election, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
4. Do you approve of having the Speaker of the House act as Governor, in case of vacancies in the offices of Governor and President of the Senate, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
5. Do you approve of inserting in the Constitution an article prohibiting the manufacture or sale, or keeping for sale, of alcoholic or intoxicating liquor as a beverage, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
6. Do you approve of amending article six of the Bill of Rights, making the same non-sectarian, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
7. Do you approve of amending the Constitution with reference to representation in classed towns, as proposed in the amended Constitution ?
IV. Resolved, That the votes on the said questions shall be recorded, copied, sealed up, labeled, directed, and returned by the town clerks to the Secretary of State, on or before the first Tuesday in April, A. D. 1889, 'under the same penalty as is by law prescribed for neglect to return the votes for Governor, and said votes shall be by the Secretary of State seasonably laid before the Governor and Council.
V. Resolved, that the Secretary of State is hereby directed to furnish blanks to the town clerks of the different towns, wards, and places, for the return of the votes on said questions, in the following form: “Town of County of
At a legal meet. ing of the qualified voters of the town of
holden on the second Tuesday of March, A. D. 1889, the votes on the several questions involving the alterations and amendments of the Constitution, submitted to the qualified voters, were as follows:
“Question 1st, Yeas, Nays,
" "Question 2d, - Yeas, Nays, etc., etc., to and including question 7. “Attest:
VI. Resolved, That the secretary of this convention be directed to procure to be printed one hundred and twenty thou. sand copies of the Constitution as altered and amended by this convention, and the same number of copies of the questions to be proposed to the qualified voters, and the same number of these resolutions, and to cause the same to be distributed, as soon as may be, to the town clerks of the respective towns, wards, and places in the State, for the use of the qualified voters, in numbers proportionate as near as may be to the number of the legal voters in the said respective towns, wards, and places; and it is made the duty of said clerks seasonably to distribute the same among said voters.
VII. Resolved, That the Secretary of State be also required to furnish an equal number of printed ballots containing said questions to be thus voted upon, and that they be distributed to the town clerks as provided in the preceding resolution, a reasonable time previous to said March meetings, to be by them season. ably distributed at said meetings.
VIII. Resolved, That the Governor and Council, prior to the third Tuesday of April, A. D. 1889, shall open and count said votes, and make a record thereof; and the Governor shall forthwith issue his proclamation announcing the result of the vote on each of said questions submitted to the people.
IX. Resolved, That such of the proposed amendments as shall be approved by the requisite number of votes, shall take effect and be in force at the times hereinafter mentioned, to wit: The amendments to articles three, thirty-two, thirty-three, fortytwo, forty-three, sixty, and sixty-six, part second of the Constitution, on the first day of November, A. D. 1890, and all other amendments on the first Wednesday of June, A. D. 1889.
X. Resolved, that if the amendments to articles three, thirty-two, thirty-three, forty-two, forty-three, sixty, and sixty-six, part second of the Constitution, shall be approved by the requisite number of votes, the General Court elected at the biennial election in November, 1890, shall first assemble under the amended Constitution on the first Wednesday of January, A. D. 1891; and the Senators and Representatives elected for the term commencing on the first Wednesday of June, A. D. 1889, shall hold their respective offices until the first Wednesday of January, 1891, and no longer; and the Governor and councilors elected for the term commencing in June, A. D. 1889, shall hold their respective offices until the first Wednesday of January, A. D. 1891, and until others are qualified in their stead, and no longer.
XI. Resolved, That these resolutions, signed by the president of this convention and attested by the secretary, be published once in all the newspapers of the State authorized to publish the public laws; and that these resolutions, together with the journal and files of this convention, be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State.
CHARLES H. BELL,
President. Attest: JAMES R. JACKSON,