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Sec. 7. Provision shall be made by law for the establishment, at some eligible and central point, of a State University, for the promotion of literature, and the arts and sciences, including a normal and an agricultural department. All funds arising from the sale or rents of lands granted by the United States to the state for the support of a State University, and all other grants, donations or bequests, either by the state or by individuals, for such purpose, shall remain a perpetual fund, to be called the “ University fund,” the interest of which shall be appropriated to the support of the State University.
Sec. 8. No religious sect or sects shall ever control any part of the common-school or University funds of the state.
Sec. 9. The state superintendent of public instruction, secretary of state and attorney-general shall constitute a board of commissioners, for the management and investment of the school funds. Any two of said commissioners shall be a quorum.
SECTION 1. Institutions for the benefit of the insane, blind, and deaf and dumb, and such other benevolent institutions as the public good may require, shall be fostered and supported by the state, subject to such regulations as may be prescribed by law. Trustees of such benevolent institutions as may be hereafter created, shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate; and upon all nominations made by the governor the question
; shall be taken in yeas and nays, and entered upon the journal.
SEC. 2. A penitentiary shall be established, the directors of which shall be appointed, or elected, as prescribed by law.
Sec. 3. The governor shall fill any vacancy that may occur in the offices aforesaid until the next session of the legislature, and until a successor to his appointee shall be confirmed and qualified.
SEC. 4. The respective counties of the state shall provide, as may be prescribed by law, for those inhabitants who by reason of age, infirmity, or other misfortune, may have claims upon the sympathy and aid of society.
SECTION 1. The militia shall be composed of all able-bodied male citizens between the ages of twenty-one and forty-five years, except such as are exempted by the laws of the United States or of this state; but all citizens of any religious denomination whatever who from scruples of conscience may be averse to bearing arms shall be exempted thereform upon such conditions as may be prescribed by law.
Sec. 2. The legislature shall provide for organizing, equipping and disciplining the militia in such manner as it shall deem expedient not incompatible with the laws of the United States.
Sec 3. Officers of the militia shall be elected or appointed, and commissioned in such manner as may be provided by law.
Adoptedl November, 1888.
SEC. 4. The governor shall be commander-in-chief, and shall have power to call out the militia to execute the laws, to suppress insurrection, and to repel invasion.
COUNTY AND TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION
SECTION 1. The legislature shall provide for organizing new counties, locating county-seats, and changing county lines; but no countyseat shall be changed without the consent of a majority of the electors of the county; nor any county organized, nor the lines of any county changed so as to include an area of less than four hundred and thirty-two square miles.
Sec. 2. The legislature shall provide for such county and township officers as may be necessary.
SEC. 3. [Repealed by amended section 2, article 4, adopted November, 1902. "See Appendix.]
Sec. 4. [Repealed as above. See Appendix.]
Sec. 5. All county and township officers may be removed from office, in such manner and for such cause, as shall be prescribed by law.
APPORTION MENT SECTION 1. In the future apportionments of the state, each organized county shall have at least one representative; and each county shall be divided into as many districts as it has representatives.
SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the first legislature to make an apportionment, based upon the census ordered by the last legislative assembly of the territory; and a new apportionment shall be made in the year 1866, and every five years thereafter, based upon the census of the preceding year.
SEC. 3. Until there shall be a new apportionment, the state shall Ise divided into election districts; and the representatives and senators shall be apportioned among the several districts as follows, viz.:
Ist district, Doniphan, 4 representatives, 2 senators.
3d district, Nemaha, Marshall and Washington, 2 representatives, 1 senator.
4th district, Clay, Riley and Pottawatomie, 4 representatives, 1 senator.
5th district, Dickinson, Davis and Wabaunsee, 3 representatives, 1 senator.
6th district, Shawnee, Jackson, and Jefferson, 8 representatives, 2 senators.
7th district, Leavenworth, 9 representatives, 3 senators.
8th district, Douglas, Johnson and Wyandotte, 13 representatives, 4 senators.
9th district, Lykins, Linn and Bourbon, 9 representatives, 3 senators.
10th district, Allen, Anderson and Franklin, 6 representatives, 2 senators.
a See Gen. Stat. 1901, (h. 1, p. 70.
11th district, Woodson and Madison, 2 representatives, 1 senator.
12th district, Coffey, Osage and Breckenridge, 6 representatives, 2 senators.
13th district, Morris, Chase and Butler, 2 representatives, 1 senator.
14th district, Arapahoe, Godfroy, Greenwood, Hunter, Wilson, Dorn and McGee, 1 representative.
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 1. The legislature shall provide for a uniform and equal rate of assessment and taxation; but all property used exclusively for state, county, municipal, literary, educational, scientific, religious, benevolent and charitable purposes, and personal property to the amount of at least two hundred dollars for each family, shall be exempted from taxation.
SEC. 2. The legislature shall provide for taxing the notes and bills discounted or purchased, moneys loaned, and other property, effects, or dues of every description, (without deduction) of all banks now existing, or hereafter to be created, and of all bankers; so that all property employed in banking shall always bear a burden of taxation equal to that imposed upon the property of individuals.
Sec. 3. The legislature shall provide, at each regular session, for raising sufficient revenue to defray the current expenses of the state for two years."
Sec. 4. No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of a law which shall distinctly state the object of the same, to which object only such tax shall be applied.
Sec. 5. For the purpose of defraying extraordinary expenses and making public improvements, the state may contract public debts; but such debts shall never, in the aggregate, exceed one million dollars, except as hereinafter provided. Every such debt shall be authorized by law for some purpose specified therein, and the vote of a majority of all the members elected to each house, to be taken by the yeas and nays, shall be necessary to the passage of such law; and every such law shall provide for levying an annual tax suficient to pay the annual interest of such debt, and the principal thereof, when it shall become due; and shall specifically appropriate the proceeds of such taxes to the payment of such principal and interest; and such appropriation shall not be repealed nor the taxes postponed or diminished, until the interest and principal of such debt shall have been wholly paid.
Sec. 6. No debt shall be contracted by the state except as herein provided, unless the proposed law for creating such debt shall first be submitted to a direct vote of the electors of the state at some general election; and if such proposed law shall be ratified by a majority of all the votes cast at such general election, then it shall be the duty of the legislature next after such election to enact such law and create such debt, subject to all the provisions and restrictions provided in the preceding sections of this article.
a Adopted November, 1875.
Sec. 7. The state may borrow money to repel invasion, suppress insurrection, or defend the state in time of war; but the money thus raised, shall be applied exclusively to the object for which the loa was authorized, or to the repayment of the debt thereby created.
Sec. 8. The state shall never be a party in carrying on any works of internal improvement.
SECTION 1. The legislature shall pass no special act conferring corporate powers. Corporations may be created under general laws; but all such laws may be amended or repealed.
Sec. 2. Dues from corporations shall be secured by individual liability of the stockholders to an additional amount equal to the stock owned by each stockholder; and such other means as shall be provided by law; but such individual liability shall not apply to railroad corporations, nor corporations for religious or charitable purposes."
Sec. 3. The title to all property of religious corporations shall vest in trustees, whose election shall be by the members of such corporations.
Sec. 4. No right of way shall be appropriated to the use of any corporation, until full compensation therefor be first made in money, or secured by a deposit of money, to the owner, irrespective of any benefit from any improvement proposed by such corporation.
Sec. 5. Provision shall be made by general law for the organization of cities, towns, and villages; and their power of taxation, assessment, , borrowing money, contracting debts and loaning their credit, shall be so restricted as to prevent the abuse of such power.
Sec. 6. The term corporations, as used in this article, shall include all the associations and joint-stock companies having powers and privileges not possessed by individuals or partnerships; and all corporations may sue and be sued in their corporate name.
BANKS AND CURRENCY
SECTION 1. No bank shall be established otherwise than under a general banking law.
SEC. 2. All banking laws shall require as collateral security for the redemption of the circulating notes of any bank organized under their provision, a deposit with the auditor of state of the interest-paying bonds of the several states, or of the United States, at the cash rates of the New York stock exchange, to an amount equal to the amount of circulating notes which such bank shall be authorized to issue, and
a The legislature of 1905 has authorized the submission of the following as a substitute for section 2, which will be voted on in November, 1906 :
“ SEC. 2. Dues from corporations shall be secured by the individual liability of the stockholders to the amount of stock owned by each stockholder, and such other means as shall be provided by law; but such individual liability shall not apply to railroad corporations nor corporations for religious or charitable purposes."
a cash deposit in its vaults of ten per cent. of such amount of circulating notes; and the auditor shall register and countersign no more irculating bills of any bank than the cash value of such bonds when Jeposited.
Sec. 3. Whenever the bonds pledged as collateral security for the circulation of any bank shall depreciate in value, the auditor of state shall require additional security, or curtail the circulation of such bank, to such extent as will continue the security unimpaired.
Sec. 4. All circulating notes shall be redeemable in the money of the United States. Holders of such notes shall be entitled, in the case of the insolvency of such banks, to preference of payment over all other creditors.
Sec. 5. The state shall not be a stockholder in any banking institution.
Sec. 6. All banks shall be required to keep offices and officers for the issue and redemption of their circulation, at a convenient place within the state, to be named on the circulating notes issued by such bank.
Sec. 7. No banking institution shall issue circulating notes of a less denomination than one dollar.a
Sec. 8. No banking law shall be in force until the same shall have been submitted to a vote of the electors of the state at some general election, and approved by a majority of all the votes cast at such general election.
Sec. 9. Any banking law may be amended or repealed.
Section 1. Propositions for the amendment of this constitution may be made by either branch of the legislature; and if two-thirds of all the members elected to each house shall concur therein, such proposed amendments together with the yeas and nays shall be entered on the journal; and the secretary of state shall cause the same to be published in at least one newspaper in each county of the state where a newspaper is published, for three months preceding the next election for representatives, at which time the same shall be submitted to the electors for their approval or rejection; and if a majority of the electors voting on said amendments, at said election, shall adopt the amendments, the same shall become a part of the constitution. When more than one amendment shall be submitted at the same time, they shall be so submitted as to enable the electors to vote on each amendment separately; and not more than three propositions to amend shall be submitted at the same election.
SEC. 2. Whenever two-thirds of the members elected to each branch of the legislature shall think it necessary to call a convention to revise, amend or change this constitution, they shall recommend to the electors to vote at the next election of members to the legislature, for or against a convention; and if a majority of all the electors voting at such election shall have voted for a convention, the legislature shall, at the next session, provide for calling the same.
? Adopted November, 1861.