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Sec. 16. No person shall be imprisoned for debt except in cases of fraud.

Sec. 17. No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, nor any law impairing the obligation of contracts, shall ever be passed.

Sec. 18. Foreigners shall have the same rights as to the ownership, inheritance and disposition of property in this State as citizens of the State.

Sec. 19. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party has been duly convicted, shall ever be allowed in this State.

Sec. 20. The right of the people to bear arms in defense of themselves and the lawful authority, of the State, shall not be infringed, but the Lgislature may prescribe the manner in which they may be borne.

Sec. 21. The military shall in all cases and at all times be in strict subordination to the civil power.

Sec. 22. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, hcuses, papers and effects against unreasonable seizures and searches, shall not be violated, and no warrants issued but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, particularly describing the place or places to be searched, and the person or persons, and thing or things to be seized.

Sec. 23. Treason against the State shall consist only in levy. ing war against it, adhering to its enemies, or giving them aid and comfort; and no person shall be convicted of treason except on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or coufession in open court, and no conviction for treason shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate.

Sec. 24. This enunciation of rights shall not be constried to impair or deny others retained by the people.


Boundaries, The boundaries of the State of Florida shall be as follows: Commencing at the mouth of the river Perdido; from thence np the middle of said river to where it intersects the south boundary line of the State of Alabama, and the thirty-first degree of north latitude; thence due east to the Chattahoochee river; thence down the middle of said river to its confluence with the Flint river; thence straight to the head of the St. Mary's river; thence down the middle of said river to the Atlautic ocean; thence southeastwardly along the coast to the edge of the Gulf stream; thence southwestwardly along the edge of the Gulf stream and Florida reefs to and including the Tortugas Islands; thence northeastwardly to a point three leagues from the mainland; thence northwestwardly three leagues from the land, to a point west of the mouth of the Perdido river; thence to the place of beginning.


Distribution of Powers. The powers of the government of the State of Florida shall be divided into three departments — legislative, executive and judicial; and no person properly belonging to one of the departments shall exercise any powers appertaining to either of the others, except in cases expressly provided for by this constitution.


Legislative Department. Section 1. The legislative authority of this State shall be Vested in a Senate and a House of Representatives, which shall be designated, “The Legislature of the State of Florida," and the sessions thereof shall be held at the seat of government of the State.

Sec. 2. The regular sessions of the Legislature shall be held biennially, commencing on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, A. D. 1887, and on the corresponding day of every second year thereafter, but the Governor may convene the same in extra session by his proclamation. Regular sessions of the Legislature may extend to sixty days, but no special Session convened by the Governor shall exceed twenty days.

Sec. 3. The members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen biennially, those of the first Legislature on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, A. D. 1886, and thereafter on the corresponding day of every second year.

Sec. 4. Senators and members of the House of Representatives shall be duly qualified electors in the respective counties and districts for which they were chosen. The pay of members of the Senate and House of Representatives shall not exceed six dollars a day for each day of session, and mileage to and from their homes to the seat of governmnt, not to exceed ten cents a mile each way, by the nearest and most practicable route.

Sec. 5. No Senator or member of the House of Representatires shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed or elected to any civil office under the Constitution of this State, that has been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.

Sec. 6. Each house shall judge of the qualifications, elections and returns of its own members, choose its own officers, and determine the rules of its proceedings. The Senate shall, at the con vening of each regular session thereof, choose from among its own members a permanent President of the Senate, who shall be its presiding officer. The House of Representatives shall, at the convening of each regular session thereof, choose from among its own members a permanent Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be its presiding officer. Each house may punish its own members for disorderly conduct; and each house, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all of its members present, may expel a member.

Sec. 7. No person holding a lucrative office or appointment linder the United States or this State, shall be eligible to a stat in the Legislature of this State.

Sec. 8. The seat of a member of either house shall be va. cated on his permanent change of residence from the district or county from which he was elected.

Sec. 9. Either house during the session may punish by fine or imprisonment any person not a member who shall have been guilty of disorderly or contemptuous conduct in its presence, or of a refusal to obey its lawful summons, but such imprisonment shall not exceed beyond the final adjournment of the session.

Sec. 10. Either house shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses upon any investigations held by itself, or by any of its committees; the manner of the exercise of such powers shall be provided by law. Sec. 11. A majority of each house shall constitute a quorum

. to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and compel the presence of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as it may prescribe.

Sec. 12. Each house shall keep a journal of its own pro. ceedings, which shall be published, and the yeas and nays of the members of either house on any question shall, at the desire of any five members present, be entered on the journal.

Sec. 13. The doors of each house shall be kept open during its session, except the Senate, while sitting in executive session; and neither shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, or to any other town than that in which they may be holding their session.

Sec. 14. Any bill may originate in either house of the Legislature, and after being passed in one house, may be amended in the other.

Sec. 15. The enacting clause of every law shall be as follows: “Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida.”

Sec. 16. Each law enacted in the Legislature shall embrace but one subject and matter properly connected therewith, which subject shall be briefly expressed in the title; and no law shall be amended or revised by reference to its title only; but in such case the act, as revised, or section, as amended, shall be re-enacted and published at length.

Sec. 17. Every bill shall be read by sections on three several days in each house, unless, in case of emergency, two-thirds of the house where such bill may be pending shall deem it ex. pedient to dispense with this rule; but the reading of a bill by sections on its final passage shall in no case be dispensed with, and the vote on the final passage of every bill or joint resolution shall be taken by yeas and nays, to be entered on the jourul of each house: Provided, that any general revision of the entire laws embodied in any bill shall not be required to be read by sections upon its final passage, and its reading may be wholly dispensed with by a two-thirds vote; and a majority of the members present in each house shall be necessary to pass every bill or joint resolution; and all bills or joint resolutions so passed shall be signed by the presiding officers of the respective houses, and by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Sec. 18. No law shall take effect until sixty days from the final adjournment of the session of the Legislature at which it may have been enacted, unless otherwise specially provided in such law.

Sec. 19. Accurate statements of the receipts and expendi. tures of the public money shall be attached to and published with the laws passed at every regular session of the Legislature.

Sec. 20. The Legislature shall not pass special or local laws in any of the following enumerated cases: that is to say, regulating the jurisdiction and duties of any class of officers, except municipal officers, or for the punishment of crime or misde. meanor; regulating the practice of courts of justice, except municipal courts; providing for changing venue of civil and criminal cases; granting divorces; changing the names of per. sons; vacating roads; summoning and impaneling grand and petit juries, and providing for their compensation; for assess. ment and collection of taxes for State and county purposes; for opening and conducting elections for State and county officers, and for designating the places of voting; for the sale of real estate belonging to minors, estates of decedents and of persons laboring under legal disabilities; regulating the fees of officers of the State and county; giving effect to informal or invalid deeds or wills; legitimizing children; providing for the adoption of children; relieving minors from legal disabilities; and for the establishment of ferries.

Sec. 21. In all cases enumerated in the preceding section all laws shall be general and of uniform operation throughout the State, but in all cases not enumerated or excepted in that section, the Legislature may pass special or local laws: Pro. vided, that no local or special bill shall be passed, unless notice of the intention to apply therefor shall have been published in the locality where the matter or thing to be effected may be sit nated, which notice shall state the substance of the contemplated law, and shall be published at least sixty days prior to the introduction into the Legislature of such bill, and in the manner to be provided by law. The evidence that such notice has been published shall be established in the Legislature before such bill shall be passed.

Sec. 22. Provision may be made by general law for bringing suit against the State as to all liabilities now existing or hercafter originating.

Sec. 23. Lotteries are hereby prohibited in this State.

Sec. 24. The Legislature shall establish a uniform system of county and municipal government, which shall be applicable

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