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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

STATE OF LOUISIANA.

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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

Preamble,

Section 10. The writ of habeas corpus shall

not be suspended. 11. Justice to be administered

without denial or unreasonable

delay. 12. The military subordinate to the

civil power. 13. This enumeration of rights shall

not impair other rights retained by the people.

Distribution of Powers. 14. The powers of the government

are in the legislative, execu

tive and judicial. 15. No department or person there

in shall exercise the power or duties of the others.

Bill of Rights. Section 1. All government of right origi

nates with the people. 2. The people have the right to be

secure against unreasonable

searches and seizures. 3. The people have the right to bear

arms, but not concealed weap

ons. 4. Established religion prohibited.

-Freedom of speech and of the press.—The right of the people to assemble peaceably to consult for the common

good. 5. Slavery or involuntary servi

tude, except for the punish

ment of crime, forbidden. 6. No person shall be compelled to

give evidence against himself, nor shall he be deprived of life, liberty or property with

out due process of law. 7. In criminal prosecutions, the ac

cused shall have a speedy and public trial by an impartial

jury. 8. He shall also be informed of the

nature of the accusation and he may defend himself by

counsel. 9. Excessive ball or excessive fines

shall not be required nor cruel punishments inflicted.-Bail to be accepted except for capita) offenses.

Legislative Department. 16. Representation in the House of

Representatives shall be equal and uniform.-Apportionment to be made after each Federal

census. 17. Also the State to be divided into

Senatorial districts. 18. Until such apportionment men

tioned in articles 16 and 17, the State shall be divided into the following Senatorial districts.

General Assembly. 19. The legislative power of the

State shall be vested in the

General Assembly. 20. The style of the laws.

or

Section 42. All stationery, printing and fuel

used by State shall be fur

nished by contract. 43. Relative to receipts and expend.

itures of public moneys. 44. General Assembly not to con

tract any debt. 45. General Assembly not to grant

any extra compensation to of

ficers. 46. General Assembly shall not pass

any special or local laws in

the following specified objects, 47. The General Assembly shall not

indirectly enact special local laws by the partial reSection 63. Compensation of Lieutenant

Section
21. The time of meeting of the Gen-

eral Assembly.
22. To be eligible to a seat in the

House of Representatives and

Senate.
23. Each house shall judge of the

qualifications, election and re-
turns of its members, choose

its own officers, etc.
24. Either house may punish, etc.
25. Members of the Legislature may

not be appointed or elected to

any civil office, etc. 26. They shall be privileged from

arrest. 27. Their compensation. 28. Each house shall keep a journal. 29. Laws to embrace but one sub

Ject. 30. No law to be revised or amend

ed by reference to its title.
31. The General Assembly shall

never adopt any system or
code of laws by general refer-

ence.
32. A quorum shall consist of a ma-

jority of members of each

house.
33. Neither house, without the con-

sent of the other, shall ad-
journ for more than three

days.
34. The yeas

and nays of either house shall be entered on the

journal. 35. All bills for revenue shall origi

nate in the House of Repre

sentatives.
36. Bills rejected by either house

shall not again be proposed in
the same house during the

same session.
37. Every bill shall be reported on

three different days and shall
be passed if a majority vote

for it.
38. Amendments by one house must

be concurred in by the other. 39. Title of the bill to be read. 40. Laws passed by the General As

sembly must be promulgated. 41. The clerical officers of the two

houses.

peal of any general law. 48. Relative to local and special

laws. 49. No law shall be passed fixing

the price of manual labor. 50. Members of the General Assem

bly not to vote when interest

ed. 51. Relative to public money for de

nominations of religion. 52. The General Assembly shall

have no power to increase ex

penses of any office. 53. Relative to appropriation bill. 54. Relative to appropriations for

a specific purposes. 55. No appropriation shall be made

at the close of the session. 56. Relative to the funds, credit and

property of the State of Louis.

lana. 57. General Assembly not to recrease indebtedness

of any corporation,

Executive Department. 58. Shall consist of Governor, Lieu

tenant-Governor, Auditor, Sec

retary of State and Treasurer. 59. The supreme

power shall be vested in Governor. 60. Qualifications of Governor and

Lieutenant-Govenror. 61. When Governor shall enter on

discharge of his duties. 62. Relative to impeachment of

Governor.

Governor when acting as Goy

ernor. 64. Lieutenant-Governor shall

be President of the Senate. 65. Compensation of Lieutenant

Governor. 66. Governor shall have power to

grant reprieves. 67. Compensation of Governor. 68. Governor to nominate and ap

point officers. 69. The Governor to have power to

fill vacancies. 70. He may require information

from officers of executive department.--The Governor shall be

commander-in-chief of militia. 71. Governor to furnish information

to General Assembly. 72. Governor to take care the laws

are executed. To convene the General Assembly in extra

session. 73. The Governor to sign bills

passed by both houses.-To re

turn bill within five days. 74. Power of the Governor to dis

approve of any item of a bill

making appropriations. 75. Governor shall have power to

approve every order, resolution

or vote of General Assembly. 76. How and when Treasurer, Aud

itor, Attorney-General and Secretary of State shall be elect

ed. 77. The compensation of officers of

executive department. 78. Appropriations for clerical ex

penses of officers of executive

department. 79. All commissions shall be made

in the name and by the authority of the State of Louislana.

Section 81. Jurisdiction of Supreme Court. 82. How Supreme Court is com

posed, salary of the judges, how' judges are appointed, term of office of judges, how vacancies are filled, how organized, qualifications of

judges. 83. Supreme Court districts.-Judges

to be appointed from districts. 84. Sessions of the Supreme Court.

--Judges of Supreme Court to

appoint their clerks. 85. Relative to judgments by Su

preme Court.-Relative to recusation of judges of Supreme

Court. 86. All judges shall be conservators

of the peace. 87. Judges to refer to law in render

ing judgments. 88. There shall be a reporter of Su

preme Court. 89. Judges of Supreme Court to is

sue writs of habeas corpus, etc. 90. Supreme Court shall have con

trol of all inferior courts and issue writs of habeas corpus,

etc. 91. Appeals from District Courts to

Supreme Court. 92. Judges of Supreme Court to per

form none but judicial duties. 93. Judges of courts to be liable to

impeachment. 94. Election, qualifications and sal

ary of Attorney-General. 95. Jurisdiction of Courts of Appeal. 96. How Courts of Appeal are com

posed, how judges are elected, term of office of judges, qual

ifications of judges. 97. Circuits of Courts of Appeal. 98. Number of sessions of Courts of

Appeal. 99. Terms of circuit of Courts of

Appeal. 100. Whenever the first day of the

term shall fall on a legal holiday, the court shall begin its sessions on the next legal day after.

Judiciary Department. 80. Judicial power shall be vested

in Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, in District Courts and Justices of Peace.

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