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Virginia to wit a house, of be called the General Assembly Representatives and a house of of Virginia. Senators which shall be called the General assembly of Virginia.

The sd house of representa- The sd house of Representatives shall be composed of per- tives shall be com- Ho.of Represons chosen by the people annu- posed of persons

sentatives. ally on the [ day of December] chosen by the people annually and shall have power to meet in on the sist day of October] and General Assembly on the [. shall meet in General assembly day of January] following & so on the [1st day of November] from time to time on their own following and so from time to adjournments, or at any other time on their own adjournments, time when summoned by the

or at any time when summoned Administrator, & to continue by the Administrator and to sitting so long as they shall think shall continue sitting so long the publick service requires.

as they shall think the publick

service requires. Vacancies in the sd house by Vacancies in the said house death or disqualification shall by death or disqualification be filled up by the electors un- shall be filled by the electors der a warrant from the Speaker under warrant from the of the house.

Speaker of the said house. All persons holding thalt All All male persons of full age male persons of full age & sane and sane mind hay

Electors. mind having a freehold estate in ing a freehold estate [i of an acre] of land in any in [one fourth of an acre) of town, or in [250] acres of land land in any town, or in [25] in the country, & all persons resi- acres of land in the country, dent in the country colony who and all persons resident in the shall have paid scot & lot to colony who shall have paid scot government the last [three two] and lot to government the last years shall have right to vote [two years] shall

Elected. give their vote in the election have right to give of their respective representa- their vote in the election of tives. And all every person so their respective representatives. qualified to vote elect shall be

And every person so qualified

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capable of being elected; pro to elect shall be capable of bevided he shall have given no ing elected, provided he shall bribe either directly or indirect have given no bribe either dily to any elector voting for rectly or indirectly to any elecod and shall take an oath of tor, and shall take an oath of fidelity to the government be fidelity to the state and of duty fore he enters state & of duty in his office, before he enters on in his office on the exercise the exercise thereof. During thereof his office, and shall hold his continuance in the said ofduring his continuance therein fice he shall hold no public in the said office he shall hold pension nor post of profit, no public post of profit either either himself, or by another himself or by another for his for his use. use.

The number of representatives The number of Representafor each county or borough shall tives for each county or borough be so proportioned to the num shall be so proportioned to the ber of it's qualified electors that numbers of it's qualified electhe whole number of represen

tors that the whole number of tatives shall not exceed [300] representatives shall not exceed nor be less than [150] for the [300] nor be less than [125.) present there shall be one repre for the present there shall be sentative for every [400] quali one representative for every fied electors in each county or [ ] qualified electors in each borough ; but when ever this county or borough : but whenor any future proportion shall ever this or any future proporbe likely to exceed or fall short tion shall be likely to exceed of the limits beforementioned, or fall short of the limits bethe proportion shall be again forementioned, it shall be again adjusted by the house of repre- adjusted by the house of representatives.

sentatives. The house of representatives

The house of Representatives when met shall be free to act when met shall be free to act according to their own judg- according to their own judgments.

ment and conscience. The Senate shall consist of [15] The Senate shall consist of

not less than [15] Senate.

not less than [15]

Senate. nor more than [50] nor more than [50]

members at the least, who shall members who shall be appointed be appointed by the house of by the house of Representatives. representatives (for life. Their One third of them shall be requalifications shall be an oath of moved out of office by lot at the fidelity to government the state end of the first three] years & of duty in their office the be- and their places be supplied by ing of [31] years of age at the a new appointment; one other least and the having given no third shall be removed by lot in bribes directly or indirectly to like manner at the end of the obtain their appointment: while second [three] years and their in the Senatorial office they shall places be supplied by a new be incapable of holding any pub- appointment; after which one lic posts of profits either them- third shall be removed annually selves or by others for their use. at the end of every (three]

With the house of Senators' years according to seniority. One third of them shall be re- When once removed, they shall moved out of office by lot at the be forever incapable of being end of the first three years & re-appointed to that house. their places be supplied by a Their qualifications shall be an new appointment; one other oath of fidelity to the state, and third shall be removed by lot of duty in their office, the being in like manner at the end of the [31] years of age at the least, second three years & their places and the having given no bribe be supplied by a new appoint- directly or indirectly to obtain ment; after which one third their appointment. While in shall be removed annually at the the senatorial office they shall end of every three years accord- . be incapable of holding any ing to seniority. When once public pension or post of profit removed they shall be forever either themselves, or by others incapable of being re-appointed for their use. to that house.

The judges of the General The judges of the General court & of the High court of court and of the High court of chancery shall have session & Chancery shall have session and deliberative voice but not suf- deliberative voice, but not suffrage in the house of Senators.

frage in the house of Senators. 1 This portion in brackets is cancelled by the paragraph following, which is pasted as a flap over it.

The Senate & the house of The Senate and the house of representatives shall each of representatives shall each of them have power to originate & them have power to originate amend bills, save only that and amend bills; save only that money bills shall be originated bills for levying money bills & amended by the Representa- shall be originated and amended tives only; And the assent of by the representatives only: both houses shall be requisite the assent of both houses shall to pass a law.

be requisite to pass a law. The General assembly shall The General assembly shall have no power to pass any law have no power to pass any law inflicting death for any críme inflicting death for any crime, , excepting murder & excepting excepting murder, & such those also those offences in the mili

offences in the military service tary service for which they shall for which they shall think punthink punishment of death ab ishment by death absolutely solutely necessary; nor shall

necessary : and all capital punthey have power to prescribe ishments in other cases are hereand all capital punishments in by abolished. Nor shall they other cases are hereby abol

have power to prescribe torture ished: nor shalt they have

in any case whatever : nor shall power to prescribe torture in

there be power anywhere to any case whatever ; horfor in

pardon crimes or to remit fines Aisting torture for in any cause or punishments : nor shall any whatevernor shall any law for

law for levying money be in levying money be in force longer force longer than [ten years] ] than (ten) years from the time

from the time of its commenceof it's commencement.

ment. Two thirds of the members

[Two thirds of the members of either house shall be a quo

of either house shall be a Quorum to proceed to business.

rum to proceed to business. Delegates see post.

II. EXECUTIVE. For The exercise of the The executive powers shall Executive executive

powers be exercised in manner folAdministra- shall be exercised lowing tor

by in manner fol. One person to be Adminislowing one person to be called called the [Adminis trator

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the [Administrator] who shall be trator] shall be annually appointannually appointed by the [house ed by the house of Represenof representatives

] tatives on the second day of on the second day of their first their first session, who after havsession, & who after having ing acted [one] year shall be acted (one) year shall be incap- incapable of being again apable of being again appointed pointed to that office until he til to that office until he shall shall have been out of the same have been out of the said same [three] years. office (three) years.

Under him shall be appointed Under him shall be appointed Deputy

by the same house by the same house Deputy Admr. & at the same time and at the same

Admr. a Deputy Administrator to as- time, a Deputy-Administrator sist his principal in the dis- to assist his principal in the charge of his office, & to suc- discharge of his office, and to ceed to the whole powers there- succeed, in case of his death of in case of his death before

before the year shall have exthe year shall have expired, to

pired, to the whole powers therethe whole powers thereof. dur- of during the residue of the ing the residue of the year, year.

The Administrator shall pos- The administrator shall possess the powers formerly held

sess the power formerly held by the king save only that

by the king : save only that, he shall be bound by acts of he shall be bound by acts of legislature tho' not

legislature tho' not expressly pressly named.

named ; he shall have no negative on he shall have no negative on

the bills of the Legislature. the bills of the Legislature; he shall be liable to action

he shall be liable to action, tho' not to personal re- tho' not to personal restraint for private duties

straint for private duties or or wrongs?

wrongs ; he shall not possess no the he shall not possess the preprerogatives of

rogatives; of dissolving, proroguing, or

of dissolving, proroguing or adjourning either house of

adjourning either house of assembly

Assembly ;

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