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duties, shall take an oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution of the United States, and of this State, and also an oath of office. Sec. 8. There may be established, in the Secretary of Bureau of sta
tistics. State's Office, a bureau of statistics, under such regulations as may be prescribed by law.
Sec. 1. Either branch of the General Assembly may pro- This constitupose amendments to this constitution; and, if the same shall be amended, and agreed to, by three fifths of the members elected to each House, such proposed amendments shall be entered on the journals, with the yeas and nays, and shall be published in at least one newspaper in each county of the State, where a newspaper is published, for six months preceding the next election for Senators and Representatives, at which time the same shall be submitted to the electors, for their approval or rejection; and if a majority of the electors, voting at such election, shall adopt such amendments, the same shall become a part of the Constitution. When more than one amendment shall be submitted at the same time, they shall be so submitted, as to enable the electors to vote on each amendment, separately.
SEC. 2. Whenever two-thirds of the members elected to Same subject. each branch of the General Assembly, shall think it necessary to call a Convention, to revise, amend, or change this Constitution, they shall recommend to the electors to vote, at the next election for members to the General Assembly, for or against a Convention; and if a majority of all the electors, voting at said election, shall have voted for a Convention, the General Assembly shall, at their next session, provide, by law, for calling the same. The Convention shall consist of as many members as the House of Representatives, who shall be chosen in the same manner, and shall meet within three months after their election, for the purpose aforesaid.
Sec. 3. At the general election, to be held in the year one same subject. thousand eight hundred and seventy-one, and in each twentieth year thereafter, the question: “Shall there be a Convention to
revise, alter, or amend the Constitution," shall be submitted to the electors of the State ; and, in case a majority of all the electors, voting at such election, shall decide in favor of a Con. vention, the General Assembly, at its next session, shall provide, by law, for the election of delegates, and the assembling of such Convention, as is provided in the preceding section; but no amendment of this Constitution, agreed upon by any Convention assembled in pursuance of this article, shall take effect, until the same shall have been submitted to to the electors of the State, and adopted by a majority of those voting thereon.
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SEC. 1. All laws of this State, in force on the first day of September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, not inconsistent with this constitution, shall continue in force, until amended or repealed.
Sec. 2. The first election for Members of the General bers of General Assembly, under this constitution, shall be held on the second
Tuesday of October, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one.
Sec. 3. The first election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State and Attorney General, shall be held on the second Tuesday of October, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one. The persons, holding said offices on the first day of September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, shall continue therein, until the second Monday of January, one thousand eight hundred and
fifty-two. For Judges, SEC. 4. The first election for Judges of the supreme court,
courts of common pleas, and probate courts, and Clerks of the courts of common pleas, shall be held on the second Tuesday of October, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, and the official term of said Judges and clerks, so elected, shall commence on the second Monday of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two. Judges and clerks of the courts of common pleas and supreme court, in office on the first day of September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, shall continue in office with their present powers and duties, until the second Monday of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two. No suit or proceeding, pending in any of the
courts of this State, shall be affected by the adoption of this constitution.
Sec. 5. The Register and Receiver of the land office, Di- What officers to rectors of the Penitentiary, Directors of the Benevolent Insti- fice until the ex
piration of their tutions of the State, the State Librarian, and all other officers, term. not otherwise provided for in this constitution, in office on the first day of September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, shall continue in office, until their terms expire, respectively, unless the General Assembly shall otherwise provide.
Sec. 6. The Superior and Commercial Courts of Cincinnati, As to certain and the Superior Court of Cleveland, shall remain, until otherwise provided by law, with their present powers and jurisdiction; and the Judges and Clerks of said courts, in office on the
irst day of September, one thousand eight hundred and one, shall continue in office, until the expiration of their terms of office, respectively, or, until otherwise provided by law; but neither of said courts shall continue after the second Monday of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifty three; and no suit shall be commenced in said two first mentioned courts, after the second Monday of February, one thousand eight hun. dred and fifty-two, nor in said last mentioned court, after the second Monday in August, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two; and all business in either of said courts, not disposed of within the time limited for their continuance as aforesaid, shall be transferred to the court of common pleas. Sec. 7. All County and Township officers and Justices of County, and
township offi the peace, in office on the first day of September, one thousand cers. eight hundred and fifty-one, shall continue in office until their terms expire, respectively.
Sec. 8. Vacancies in office, occurring after the first day of Vacancies. September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty one, shall be filled, as is now prescribed by law, and until officers are elected or appointed, and qualified, under this constitution.
Sec. 9. This Constitution shall take effect, on the first day when constitu. of September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
Sec. 10. All officers shall continue in office, until their suc- Term of office. cessors shall be chosen and qualified.
Sec. 11. Suits pending in the Supreme Court in Bank, shall Transfer of be transferred to the Supreme Court provided for in this constitution, and be proceeded in according to law.
Sec. 12. The district courts shall, in their respective counties, be the successors of the present Supreme Court; and all suits, prosecutions, judgments, records and proceedings, pending and remaining in said Supreme Court, in the several counties of any district, shall be transferred to the respective district courts of such counties, and be proceeded in, as though no change had been made in said Supreme Court.
Sec. 13. The said courts of common pleas, shall be the successors of the present courts of common pleas in the several counties, except as to probate jurisdiction; and all suits, prosecutions, proceedings, records and judgments, pending or being in said last mentioned courts, except as aforesaid, shall be transferred to the courts of common pleas created by this constitution, and proceeded in, as though the same had been therein instituted.
Sec. 14. The Probate courts provided for in this constitution, as to all matters within the jurisdiction conferred upon said courts, shall be the successors, in the several counties, of the present courts of common pleas; and the records, files and papers, business and proceedings, appertaining to said jurisdiction, shall be transferred to said courts of probate, and be there proceeded in, according to law.
Sec. 15. Until otherwise provided by law, elections for Judges and Clerks shall be held, and the poll books returned, as is provided for Governor, and the abstract therefrom, certified to the Secretary of State, shall be by him opened, in the presence of the Governor, who shall declare the result, and issue commissions to the persons elected.
Sec. 16. Where two or more counties are joined in a Senatorial, Representative, or Judicial district, the returns of elections shall be sent to the county, having the largest population.
Sec. 17. The foregoing constitution shall be submitted to the electors of the electors of the State, at an election to be held on the third
Tuesday of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, in the several election districts of this state. The ballots at such election shall be written or printed as follows: Those in favor of the constitution, “New Constitution, Yes;” those against the constitution, “ New Constitution, No.” The polls at said election shall be opened between the hours of eight and ten o'clock
Judges and Clerks, how elected, &c.
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the State, &c.
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A. M., and closed at six o'clock P. M.; and the said election shall be conducted, and the returns thereof made and certified, to the Secretary of State, as provided by law for annual elections of State and County officers. Within twenty days after such election, the Secretary of State shall open the returns thereof, in the presence of the Governor; and, if it shall appear that a majority of all the votes, cast at such election, are in favor of the constitution, the Governor shall issue his proclamation, stating that fact, and said constitution shall be the constitution of the State of Ohio, and not otherwise.
Sec. 18. At the time when the votes of the electors shall License to tres be taken for the adoption or rejection of this constitution, the ing liquor. additional section, in the words following, to wit: “No license to traffic in intoxicating liquors shall hereafter be granted in this State; but the General Assembly may, by law, provide against evils resulting therefrom,” shall be separately submitted to the electors for adoption or rejection, in form following, to wit: A separate ballot may be given by every elector and deposited in a separate box. Upon the ballots given for said separate amendment shall be written or printed, or partly written and partly printed, the words: “License to sell intoxicating liquors, Yes;” and upon the ballots given against said amendment, in like manner, the words: 6 License to sell intoxicating liquors, No.” If, at the said election, a majority of all the votes given for and against said amendment, shall contain the words: “ License to sell intoxicating liquors, No," then the said amendment shall be a separate section of article fifteen of the constitution.
Sec. 19. The apportionment for the House of Representa- Apportionment tives, during the first decennial period under this constitution, presentatives. shall be as follows:
The counties of Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Darke, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Lake, Lawrence, Logan, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Sandusky, Scioto, Shelby and Union, shall, severally, be entitled to one Representative, in each session of the decennial period.
The counties of Franklin, Licking, Montgomery and Stark, shall each be entitled to two Representatives, in each session of the decennial period.