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88 TEXAS ALMANAC.-1949-1950.
ARTICLE XVII.-MODE OF AMENDING
THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE.
Sec. 1. How the Constitution Is to Be
Amended.-The Legislature, at any biennial
session, by a vote of two thirds of all the
members elected to each house, to be en-
tered by yeas and nays on the journals, may
propose amendments to the Constitution, to
be voted upon by the qualified electors for
members of the Legislature, which proposed
amendments shall be duly published once a
week for four weeks, commencing at least
three months before an election, the time of
which shall be specified by the Legislature,
in one weekly newspaper of each county in
which such newspaper may be publied;
and it shall be the duty of the several re-
turning officers of said election to open a
poll for and make returns to the Secretary
of State of the number of legal votes east at
said election for and against said amend-
ment; and if more than one be proposed.
then the number of votes cast for and against
each of them; and if it shall appear from
said return that a majority of the votes east
have been cast in favor of any amendment
the said amendment so receiving a majorty
of the votes cast shall become a part of this
Constitution, and proclamation shall be made
by the Governor thereof.
Outline Index to Constitution of the State of Texas
PREAMBLE ........................ Page 49
ARTICLE I.-BILL OF RIGHTS ....Page 49
FundamentI political rights. Secs. 1-3, 16, 19,
27, 28; Lbcal self-government, Sec. 1; Power
in people, Sec. 2; Republican form, Sec. 2;
Equal rights, Sec. 3; Ex post facto, Sec. 16;
Right of petition, public assembly, Sec. 27;
Suspending laws, Sec. 28; (Voters free from
arrest, VI, Sec. 5).
Religious rights, Secs. 4-7: Test for office.
Sec. 4; Oaths, Sec. 5 (also XVI, Sec. 1);
Worship, Sec. 6; Appropriations for sec-
tarian use, Sec. 7 (see VII, Sec. 5).
Free speech and press-libel, Sec. 8; Peti-
tion, assembly, Sec. 27.
Economic rights, Secs. 3, 16-19, 21, 26: Emolu-
ments, privileges. Sec. 3; Impairment of
contracts, Sec. 16; Eminent domain, grants.
franchises, Sec. 17; Imprisonment for debt,
Sec. 18; Due course of law, Sec. 19; Cor-
ruption of blood, forfeiture of estates of
suicides, Sec. 21; Perpetuities, monopolies.
Sec. 26; Primogeniture, entailment, Sec. 26
Rights in prosecutions and processes, Secs. 5,
8-22: Nature of oath, affirmation, Sec. 5;
Freedom of speech and press, libel Indict-
mernt Sec. 8; Search and seizure, Sec. 9;
Pro utions-speedy trial, impartial jury,
knowledge of charges, confrontation, right
to witnesses, misdemeanor, impeachment,
courts martial, Sec. 10; Indictment, grand
jury quorum, Sec. 13; Ball, Secs. 1-1-12;
Writ of habeas corpus, Sec. 12; Excessive
punishment, Sec. 13; Courts open, Sec 13:
Jeopardy, Sec. 14; Trial by jury. Secs. 9, 15
(also V, Sec. 10); Commitment of insane,
Sec. 15; Attainder, ex post facto, Sec. 16.
Eminent domain, privileges, franchises, Sec.
17; Imprisonment for debt, Sec. 18; Due
course of law, Secs. 13, 19; Outlawry, depor-
tation, Sec. 20: Corruption of blood, forfeit-
ure. estates of suicides. Sec. 21; Treason,
Rights and restrictions involving military, Secs.
22-25. 28: Treason. Sec. 22, Bearing arms.
Sec. 23: Civil authority supreme, Sec. 24
Quartering soldiers, Sec. 25; Suspending
laws, Sec. 28.
Rights and restrictions Involving Legislature,
Sec. 2. 6-8, 10, 12, 15-17, 23, 27-29: Power
in people, Sec. 2; Relious freedom, Sec.
6; Sectarian appropriations, Sec. 7; Free-
dom of speech and press. Sec. 8: Deposi-
tions, Sec. 10; Habeas corpus, Sec. 12:
Commitment of insane, Sec. 15; Bill of
attainder, ex posto facto, Sec. 16; Impair-
ment of contracts, Sec. 16; Eminent do-
main, privileges, franchises, Sec. 17; Arms,
Sec. 23; Petition, assembly, Sec. 27; Sus-
pending laws, Sec. 28; Bill of rights in-
violate, Sec. 29.
ARTICLE II.-SEPARATION OF
POWERS ......................... Page 50
ARTICLE III. -LEGISLATIVE
DEPARTMENT ................... Page 50
How formed: Bi-cameral, Sec. 1; Size, Sec. 2;
Terms, Secs. 3, 4; Apportionment, Secs. 2,.
3, 25. 26, 26-a, 28; Election, Secs. 2-4, 8,.
13, 25-28; Sessions, regular and special,
Secs. 5, 16, 24. 40; Sessions at Austin,
Sec. 58 (see IV, Sec. 8); Qualifications,
Secs. 6-8, 19, 20, 23 (also I, Sec. 4 XVI,
Secs. 4, 5, 12); Vacancies, Secs. 11, 13,
Oath: (See I, Sec. 5; XVI, Sec. 1.)
Officers: Lieutenant Governor, Secs. 9, 28, 38
(also IV, Secs. 2, 3, 16. 17): President Pro
Tern, Secs. 9, 28, 38 (also IV, Sec. 17);
Speaker, Secs. 9, 28, 38.
Members, privileges, disabilities: Arrest, Sec.
14; Punishments, Secs. 11 15; Appoint-
ments, posts, emoluments. Sec. 18: Salar)
pr diem, Secs. 24. 28; Mileage, Secs. 24,
; Freedom of debate. Sec. 21; Term of
office, Secs. 3, 4 (also XVI, Sec. 14):
Place of residence, Secs. 6, 7. 23 (also
XVI. Secs. 9, 14): Contracts, personal in-
terests, Secs, 18. 22: Conduct. Secs. 11. 14.
15, 18, 21, 22 (also XVI, Sec 5).
Proceedings: Judging qualifications, Sec. 8;
Quorum. Sec. 10: voting. Secs. 12. 22, 32,
41; Journal, Sec. 12; Yea and nay, Sec. 12,
Open session, Sec. 16; Rules, Sec. 11; Pun-
ishments, Secs. 11, 15; Committees, Sec.
37; Elections by House. Senate, Sec. 41;
Enactment, Secs. 29-38; Reading of bills,
rules, Sec. 32; Signing of bills, Sec. 38;
Conduct, Secs. 11, 14, 15, 18 (canvassing
elections, IV, Sec. 3); Adjournment. Sec.
17 (also IV. Sec. 15) (Governor's approval,
IV. Sec. 15).
Powers: General, Secs. 1, 8, 42-55; Local and
special, Secs. 56, 57, Punishment, Secs. 11.
Powers (Mandatory): Biennial meeting, Sec.
5; Re-districting. Secs. 25-26-a, 28: Imple-
menting Constitution, Sec. 42 (see also Secs.
35, 36); Freedom of worship, I. Sec. 6;
Speedy trials, I, Sec. 12; Jury trial, I, Sec.
15; Digest of laws, Sec. 43; Compensation
of officials, Sec. 44; Venue, Sec. 46; Va-
grancy, Sec. 47; Lotteries. Sec. 48; Vet-
erans Land Bod Sec. 49-b. (See also.
Freedom of 1rshap, I, Sec. 6; Speedy
trial, I, Sec. 12; Juries. Sees. 1, 15- Offi-
cial breach of trust, negligence, IV, Sec.
25; XVI, Sec. 10; Education, VII, Sees. 8,
10, 13, 14, 16: Prompt tax payment, VIII.
Sec. 20; Corporations. XUI. Sec. 2; Charges
for use of public property, XII, Sec. 5;
Land grant titles, XIII, Secs. 1, 6; Miscel-
laneous prohibitions in Art. XVI.) Can-
vassing election, judiciary pensions, retire-
ment. V, Sec. 1-A.
Powers (Permissive): Taxation, Secs. 48, 48-a,
, 51-a (also VII, Sec. 3; VIII Secs. 1-
2); Teacher retirement Aec. 4&a; Con-
federate pensions, Sec. 51; Old-age, blind
and needy child relief, Sec. 51-a; iletire-
ment pensions, Sees. 48-a, 51-f; General
revenue bonds, Sec. 49-a; River, road bonds.
Sc. 52; Workman's compensation, Ses. 59.
60. (See also: Commitment of insane, I.
Sec. 15); Overriding veto, IV, Sec. 14:
Board of Pardons, IV Sec. 11; Governor's
residence. IV, Sec. 13; Adjournment, IV.
Sec. 15; Majority verdicts by Juries, V.
Sec. 13; Court urisdiction. V, Sec. 22
(also V, Sec. 1); Registration of city voters.
VI, Sec. 4; Absentee ballot, VI, Sec. 2;
School taxes, VII, Sec. 3; School districts,
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