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State capitol and other necessary public buildings at the seat of government, said lands to be sold under the direction of the Legislature; and the legislature shall pass suitable laws to carry this section into effect.
ARTICLE XVII. Mode of Amending the Constitution of this State. Section 1. The Legislature, at any biennial session, by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, to be entered 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 a newspaper may be published; and it shall be the duty of the several returning officers of said election to open a poll for, and make returns to the Secretary of State of the number of legal votes cast at said election for and against said amendments; 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 cast have been cast in favor of any amendment the said amendment so receiving a majority of the votes cast shall become a part of this Constitution, and proclamation shall be made by the Governor thereof.
inhabitants of the State of Ver
mont. Article 1. All men born free; their natural
rights; slavery prohibited. 2. Private property subject to pub
lic use; owner to be paid. 3. Freedom in religion; right and
duty of religious worship. 4. Remedy at law secured to all. 5. People by the Legislature, to
regulate internal police. 6. Officers servants of the people. 7. Government for the people; they
may change it. 8. Elections to be free and pure;
rights of freemen therein. 9. Citizen's rights and duties in
the State. — Bearing arms.
Taxation. 10. Rights of persons accused of
crime. Personal liberty. 11. Search and seizure regulated. 12. Trial by jury to be held sacred. 13. Freedom of speech and of the
press. 14. Immunity for words spoken in
legislative debate. 15. Legislature only may suspend
laws. 16. Right to bear arms; standing
armies; military power subor
dinate to civil. 17. Martial law restricted. 18. Regard to fundamental princi
ples and virtues, necessary to
preserve liberty. 19. Right to emigrate. 20. Right to assemble, instruct and
petition. 21. No transportation for trial.
erected. 6. Legislative, executive and judi
ciary departments to be dis
tinct. 7. Town representation. 8. Election of representatives. 9. Powers of the Legislature. 10. Election of Governor, Lieuten
ant-Governor and Treasurer. 11. Governor and executive power. 12. Representative's oaths. 13. Doors of general assembly to be
open. 14. Journals, with yeas and nays to
be printed. 15. Style of laws. 16. Superseded. 17. Only money appropriated by
act of legislation to be drawn
from treasury. 18. Residence of representatives. 19. Represeutatives not to act as
counsel or take fee for advo
cating bill. 20. Legislature not to declare any
guilty of treason or felony. 21. Freeman's qualifications and
oath. 22. Inhabitants to be armed and
trained.-Officers of militia. 23. Form of commissions; State
seal. 24. Impeachments; all officers liable
no bar to prosecution at law. 25. Officers of
profit forbidden.Officers to have reasonable compensation. - Fees to be lessened. — Receiving illegal
fees. 26. Incompatible offices. - Federal
Plan or frame of government.
Section 27. Superseded. 28. Treasurer's accounts to be aud
ited. 29. Oaths of allegiance and office.
Every officer to take and sub
scribe them. 30. Eligibility of Governor and
Lieutenant-Governor. 31. Trials of proper issues to be by
jury. 32. Form of prosecutions and indict.
ments.-Fines. 33. Imprisonment for debt restrict
ed.-Prisoners bailable.-No ex
cessive bail. 34. Elections to be free and volun
tary; punishment for corrup
tion. 35. Deeds to be recorded. 36. Entails to be regulated. 37. Punishment for crimes not capi.
tal to be hard labor. 38. Suicide's estate not to be for
feited.-No deodand. 39. Citizenship, how obtained. 40. Liberty to hunt, fowl and fish. 41. Laws to encourage virtue and
prevent vice to be kept in force. - Schools to be maintained and religious societies
encouraged. 42. Declaration of rights not to be
violated. 43. Abrogated.
Article 7. Senate to try impeachments.
Extent of judgment. 8. Governor supreme executive,
his powers.-May appoint sec-
votes for Governor, Lieuten-
the freemen do not. 10. General assembly to elect Sec.
retary of State and certain
other officers. 11. Bills to be sent to the Governor;
to be signed by him if approved.-Veto and proceedings
thereon.-Bills not returned. 12. Writs of habeas corpus not to
be suspended. 13. Effects of certain amendments
to the Constitution. 14. Freemen to elect assistant
judges of the County Court. 15. Freemen to elect sheriffs and
high bailiffs. 16. Freemen to elect State's attor
neys. 17. Freemen to elect judges of pro
bate. 18. Freemen to elect justices of the
peace.-Number of justices in
each town, 19. Officers named in five preceding
sections to be elected by bal
lot. 20. Election of assistant judges of
the County Court, sheriffs, high bailiffs, State's attorneys, judges of probate, and justices of the peace; the Governor to
commission them. 21. Legislature to provide for va
cancy in offices of Governor, and Lieutenant - Governor. Governor may appoint a treas
urer to fill a vacancy. 22. Securities to be given by trea
surer, sheriffs and high bail
iffs. 23. Senators; their number, qualifi
cations and apportionment.
ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT.
Article 1. Forcigners to be naturalized be
fore becoming freemen. 2. House of Representatives. 3. General assembly; like powers
of Senate and House in legislation. - Revenue bills. — Ad
journment. 4. Superseded. 5. Election of Senators; duties of
several officers therein.-Legislature may regulate the elec
tion. 6. Powers of the Senate.-Lieuten
ant-Governor to be present and have casting vote.