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1 3. Term to begin when elected and
qualified. 4. Officers to take an official oath. 5. Seal to be kept by Governor. 6. Commissions, how sealed and
signed. 7. Least area of new counties. 8. Lotteries forbidden. 9. Grounds reserved for State capitol not to
sold or leased. 10. Preservation of Tippecanoo
charter expires.- Credit not
to be loaned. 13. Other corporations may be
formed under general laws.
cured.- Personal liability of
1. The militia, how composed.--To
be armed, equipped and
trained. 2. Governor to appoint certain
officers. 3. Officers to be commissioned by
the Governor.-Term limited
to six years. 4. Organization and subdivision of
militia. 5. Sedentary and active militia. 6. Persons may be exempted from
Amendments. 1. Amendments may be proposed
in either branch of the Gene
ration in this State shall ever become indebted, in any manner or for any purpose to any | amount, in the aggregate ex- ! exceeding two per cent of the value of taxable property within such corporation.
ARTICLE XIV. Description of Boundaries. 1. Description of boundaries. 2. Concurrent jurisdiction on rivers
forming a common boundary of other States.
When to Take Effect. 1. Laws now in force, continued. 2. Suits, proceedings, etc.,
continued. 3. Fines, penalties, etc., to be con
tinued. 4. Acts of incorporations for mu
nicipal purposes continued. 5. Governor to act until successor
is qualified. 6. First session of General As
sembly. 7. Senators, continued. 8. First election under Constitu
tion. 9. First State officers. 10. Continuance of office.- Proviso, 11. Officers to take oath to support
Constitution. 12. Vacancies in existing offices. 13. Separate vote concerning ne
groes and mulattoes. 14. No other article or section to be
submitted separately. 15. A new county from Perry and
Spencer allowed, if voters ap
prove. 16. Charter of Clarksville may be
Miscellaneous. 1. Officers not enumerated, to be
chosen by law. 2. Offices not limited to be held at
pleasure of appointing power. - New offices. - Not more than four years.
PREAMBLE. To the end that justice be established, public order main
tained, and liberty perpetuated: We, the people of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.
Bill of Rights. Section 1. We declare that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all power is inherent in the people; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well being. For the advancement of these ends, the people have at all times an indefeasible right to alter and reform their goyernment.
Sec. 2. All men shall be secured in their natural right to worship. Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.
Sec. 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.
Sec. 4. No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society or mode of worship; and no man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent.
Sec. 5. No religious test sball be required as a qualification for any office of trust or profit.
Sec. 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution.
Sec. 7. No person shall be rendered incompetent as a witness, in consequence of his opinion on matters of religion.
Sec. 8. The mode of administering an oath or affirmation shall be such as may be most consistent with, and binding upon, the conscience of the person to whom such oath or affirmation may be administered.
Sec. 9. No law shall be passed restraining the free inter change of thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever; but for the abuse of that right every person shall be responsible.
Sec. 10. In all prosecutions for libel, the truth of the matters alleged to be libelous may be given in justification.
Sec. 11. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable search or seizure shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.
Sec. 12. All courts shall be open; and every man, for injury done to him, in his person, property or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered freely and without purchase; completely, and without denial; speedily, and without delay.
Sec. 13. In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right to a public trial, by an impartial jury in the county in which the offense shall have been committed; to be heard by himself and counsel; to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and to have a copy thereof; to meet the witnesses face to face, and to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.
Sec. 14. No person shall be put in jeopardy twice for the same offense. No person, in any criminal prosecution, shall be compelled to testify against himself.
Sec. 15. No person arrested, or confined in jail, shall be treated with unnecessary rigor.
Sec. 16. Excessive bail shall not be required. Excessive fines shall not be imposed. Cruel and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted. All penalties shall be proportioned to the nature of the offense.
Sec. 17. Offenses, other than murder or treason, shall be bailable by sufficient sureties. Murder or treason shall not be bailable when the proof is evident, or the presumption strong.
Sec. 18. The penal code shall be founded on the principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice.
Sec. 19. In all criminal cases whatever, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts.
Sec. 20. In all civil cases the right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate.
Sec. 21. No man's particular services shall be demanded without just compensation. No man's property shall be taken
by law without just compensation; nor, except in case of the State, without just compensation first assessed and tendered.
Sec. 22. The privilege of the debtor to enjoy the necessary comforts of life, shall be recognized by wholesome laws, exempting a reasonable amount of property from seizure or sale for the payment of any debt or liability hereafter contracted; and there shall be no imprisonment for debt, except in case of fraud.
Sec. 23. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.
Sec. 24. No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contract, shall ever be passed.
Sec. 25. No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.
Sec. 26. The operation of the laws shall never be suspended except by the authority of the General Assembly.
Sec. 27. The privileges of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, except in case of rebellion or invasion, and then only if the public safety demand it.
Sec. 28. Treason against the State shall consist only in levying war against it, and giving aid and comfort to its enemies.
Sec. 29. No person shall be convicted of treason, except on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or upon his confession in open court.
Sec. 30. No conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate.
Sec. 31. No law shall restrain any of the inhabitants of the State from assembling together, in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good; nor from instructing their representatives; nor from applying to the General Assembly for redress of grievances.
Sec. 32. The people shall have a right to bear arins for the defense of themselves and the State.
Sec. 33. The military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.
Sec. 34. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Sec. 35. The General Assembly shall not grant any title of nobility, nor confer hereditary distinctions.
Sec. 36. Emigration from the State shall not be prohibited.
Sec. 37. There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, within the State, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. No indenture of any negro or mulatto, made or executed out of the bounds of the State, shall be valid within the State.
Suffrage and Election.
Sec. 2. In all elections not otherwise provided for by this Constitution, every male citizen of the United States, of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, who shall have resided in the State during the six months, and in the township sixty days, and in the ward or precinct thirty days immediately preceding such election; and every male of foreign birth, of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, who shall have resided in the United States one year, and shall have resided in this State during the six months, and in the township sixty days, and in the ward or precinct thirty days, immediately preceding such election, and shall have declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States, comformably to, the laws of the United States on the subject of naturalization, shall be entitled to vote in the township or precinct where he may reside, if he shall have been duly registered according to law.
Sec. 3. No soldier, seaman or marine, in the army or navy of the United States, or their allies, shall be deemed to have acquired a residence in this State in consequence of having been stationed within the same; nor shall any such soldier, seaman or marine, have the right to vote.
Sec. 4. No person shall be deemed to have lost his residence in the State by reason of his absence either on business of the State or of the United States.
Sec. 5. (Stricken out by constitutional amendment of March 24, 1881.)
Sec. 6. Every person shall be disqualified from holding office during the term for which he may have been elected, who shall have given or offered a bribe, threat, or reward to procure his election.
Sec. 7. Every person who shall give or except a challenge to fight a duel, or who shall knowingly carry to another per