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    • incident thereto; they giving good and sufficient security, under the penalty of double the sum so received, for the faithful appropriation thereof for the purposes aforesaid. Sec. 9. And be it enacted, That the commissioners and managers...
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    • Page 1 CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE ADOPTED IN CONVENTION AT NASHVILLE, FEBRUARY 23RD A.D. 1870. PREAMBLE AND DECLARATION OF RIGHTS. Whereas, The people of the territory of the United States south of the river Ohio, having the right of...
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    • Page 2 fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine, did provide for the calling of a Convention by the people of the State, to meet at Nashville, on the second Monday in January, in the year of our...
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    • Page 3 liberty or property, but by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land. Section 9. That in all criminal prosecutions, the accused hath the right to be heard by himself and his counsel; to demand the nature and cause of the...
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    • Page 4 Section 21. That no man’s particular services shall be demanded, or property taken, or applied to public use, without the consent of his representatives, or without just compensation being made therefore. Section 22. That perpetuities...
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    • Page 7 literary institution. Section 11. The Senate and House of Representatives, when assembled, shall each choose a speaker and its other officers; be judges of the qualifications and election of its members, and sit upon its own adjournments...
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    • Page 8 No law of a general nature shall take effect until forty days after its passage unless the same or the caption thereof shall state that the public welfare requires that it should take effect sooner. Section 21. Each House shall keep a...
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    • Page 11 Speaker of the House of Representatives. Section 13. No member of Congress, or person holding any office under the United States, or this State, shall execute the office of Governor. Section 14. When any officer, the right of whose...
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    • Page 13 and Secretary of State, shall be liable to impeachment, whenever they may, in the opinion of the House of Representatives, commit any crime in their official capacity which may require disqualification; but judgment shall only extend to...
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    • Page 14 His term of service shall be eight years. Section 5. An Attorney General and Reporter for the State, shall be appointed by the Judges of the Supreme Court and shall hold his office for a term of eight years. An Attorney for the State for...
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    • Page 16 the qualified voters at the first election for any of the County Officers. Section 3. There shall be a treasurer or Treasurers and a Comptroller of the Treasury appointed for the State, by the joint vote of both Houses of the General...
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    • Page 17 Section 2. No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this State. Section 3. Any person who shall, after the adoption of this Constitution, fight a...
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    • Page 20 for a conventional rate of interest, not to exceed ten per centum per annum. Section 8. The Legislature shall have no power to suspend any general law for the benefit of any particular individual, nor to pass any law for the benefit of...
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    • Page 21 from carrying into effect any laws that have been passed in favor of the Colleges, Universities or Academies, or from authorizing heirs or distributees to receive and enjoy escheated property under such laws as may be passed from time to...
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    • Page 22 State, who shall hold their offices for the term herein prescribed. In the event any vacancy shall occur in the office of either of said Judges at any time after the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy three; it...
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    • Section 21st No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law. Section 22nd No person who heretofore hath been, or hereafter may be a Collector or holder of public moneys shall have a Seat in either House...
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    • consideration such measures as he shall judge expedient. Sect. 12th In case of his death, resignation or removal from office, the Speaker of the Senate shall exercise the office of Governor until another Governor shall be duly qualified. Sect....
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