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the objections, to the other House, by which likewise it shall be re-considered ; and if approved by two-thirds of that House, it shall be a law. But in such cases, the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the

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5 against the bill shall be entered on the journals of each House respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the Governor within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, it shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the General Assembly, by their adjournment, prevent its return: in which case it shall be a law, unless sent back within three days after their next meeting.

SECT. XXIII. Every order, resolution or vote, to which the concurrence of both Houses may be necessary, (except on a question of adjournment,) shall be presented to the Governor, and, before it shall take effect, be approved by him, or being disapproved, shall be repassed by two-thirds of both Houses, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in case of a bill.

ARTICLE II.

OF THE GOVERNOR.

SECTION I. The Supreme Executive power of this Commonwealth shall be vested in a Governor.

SECT. II. The Governer shall be chosen on the second Tuesday of October, by the citizens of the Commonwealth, at the places where they shall respectively vote for Representatives. The returns of every election for Governor shall be sealed up, and transmitted to the seat of government, directed to the Speaker of the Senate, who shall open and publish them in the presence of the members of both Houses of the Legislature. The person having the highest number of votes shall be Governor, but if two or more shall be equal and highest in votes, one of them shall be chosen Governor by the joint vote of the members of both Houses. Contested elections shall be determined by a committee, to be selected from both Houses of the Legislature, and formed and regulated in such manner as shall be directed by law.

SECT. III. The Governor shall hold his of

fice during three years from the third Tuesday of December next ensuing his election, and shall not be capable of holding it longer than nine, in any term of twelve years.

SECT. IV. He shall be, at least, thirty years of age,

and have been a citizen and inhabitant of this state seven years next before his election ; unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Sect. V. No member of Congress, or person holding any office under the United States, or this state, shall exercise the office of Go

vernor.

SECT. VI. The Governor shall, at stated times, receive, for his services, a compensation, which shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected.

SECT. VII. He shall be commander in chief of the army

and of this commonwealth, and of the militia ; except when they shall be called into the actual service of the United States.

Sect. VIII. He shall appoint all officers, whose offices are established by this constitution, or shall be established by law, and whose

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appointments are not herein otherwise provided for; but no person shall be appointed to an office within any county, who shall not have been a citizen and inhabitant therein one year next before his appointment, if the county shall have been so long erected; but if it shall not have been so long erected, then within the limits of the county or counties out of which it shall have been taken. No member of Congress from this state, nor any person holding or exercising any office of trust or profit under the United States, shall, at the same time, hold or exercise the office of judge, secretary, treasurer, prothonotary, register of wills, recorder of deeds, sheriff, or any office in this state, to which a salary is by law annexed, or any other office which future legislatures shall declare imcompatible with offices or appointments under the United States. [See 3 S. and R. 145, 155. 5 S. and R. 451.]

SECT. IX. He shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, and grant reprieves and pardons, except in cases of impeachment.

SECT. X. He may require information, in writing, from the officers in the executive department, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices.

SECT. XI. He shall from time to time, give to the General Assembly information of the state of the Commonwealth, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge expedient.

SECT. XII. He may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the General Assembly; and in case of disagreement between the two Houses, with respect to the time of adjournment, adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper, not exceeding four months.

Sect. XIII. He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

SECT. XIV. In case of the death or resignation of the Governor, or of his removal from office, the Speaker of the Senate shall exercise the office of Governor, until another Governor shall be duly qualified. And if the trial of a contested election shall continue longer than until the third Tuesday in December next ensuing the election of a Governor, the Governor of the last year, or the Speaker of the Senate, who may be in the exercise of the executive authority, shall continue therein until the determination of such contested election, and until a Governor shall be qualified as aforesaid.

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