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offenses against the laws of Porto Rico, and respites for all offenses against the laws of the United States until the decision of the President can be ascertained, and may veto any legislation enacted as hereinafter provided. He shall commission all officers that he may be authorized to appoint. He shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws of Porto Rico and of the United States applicable in Porto Rico, and whenever it becomes necessary he may call upon the commanders of the military and naval forces of the United States in the island, or summon the posse comitatus, or call out the militia to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion, insurrection, or rebellion, and he may, in case of rebellion or invasion, or imminent danger thereof, when the public safety requires it, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, or place the island, or any part thereof, under martial law until communication can be had with the President and the President's decision therein made known. He shall annually, and at such other times as be may be required, make official report of the transactions of the government of Porto Rico to the executive department of the Government of the United States to be designated by the President as herein provided, and his said annual report shall be transmitted to Congress, and he shall perform such additional duties and functions as may in pursuance of law be delegated to him by the President.
SEC. 13. That the following executive departments are hereby created : A department of justice, the head of which shall be designated as the attorney general; a department of finance, the head of which shall be designated as the treasurer; a department of interior, the head of wbich shall be designated as the commissioner of the interior; a department of education, the head of which shall be designated as the commissioner of education; a department of agriculture and labor, the head of wbich shall be designated as the commissioner of agriculture and labor; and a department of health, the head of which shall be designated as the commissioner of health. The attorney general and commissioner of education shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate of the United States, to bold office for four years and until their successors are appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the President. The heads of the four remaining departments shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate of Porto Rico. The heads of departments appointed by the governor shall hold office for the term of four years and until their suecessors are appointed and qualified, unless sooner remored by the governor.
Heads of departments shall reside in Porto Rico during their official incumbency, and those appointed by the governor shall have resided in Porto Rico for at least one year prior to their appointment.
The heads of departments shall collectively form a council to the gorernór, known as the executive council. They shall perform under the general supervision of the governor the duties hereinafter prescribed, or whicb may hereafter be prescribed by law and such other duties, not inconsistent with law, as the governor, with the approval of the President, may assign to them; and they shall make annual and such other reports to the governor as he may require, which shall be transmitted to the executive department of the Government of the United States to be designated by the President as herein provided : Provided, That the duties herein imposed upon the heads of departments shall not carry with them any additional compensation,
SEC. 14. That the attorney general shall have charge of the administration of justice in Porto Rico; he shall be the legal adviser of the governor and the heads of departments and shall be responsible for the proper representation of the people of Porto Rico or its duly constituted officers in all actions and proceedings, civil or criminal. in the Supreme Court of Porto Rico in which the people of Porto Rico shall be interested or a party, and he may, if directed by the governor or if in his judgment the public interest requires it. represent the people of Porto Rico or its duly constituted officers in any other court or before any other office or board in any action or proceeding, civil ar criminal, in which the people of Porto Rico may be a party or be interested.
He shall also perfo
SEC. 15. That attorney general of not less, however, th by the governor, an and shall disburse th auditor and counters may be provided by Rico and the United subject to such condi hare filed with him and have deposited be Rico or other securit be indicated by him ; itary of the governme complied with. Inter treasury.
SEC. 16. That the of a public nature. ha except those belonging ments as may be impos duties as may be prese
SEC. 17. That the instruction throughout thereof must be approv by him, subject to disa prepa re rules governing by local school boards such other duties, not law.
SEC. 18. That the eral charge of such bure be legally constituted for and other industries. th promote, and develop the earners of Porto Rico, t their opportunities for 1 duties as may be prescril
SEC. 19, That the ('s all matters relating to pu relate to the conduct of duties as may be prescribe
SEC. 20. That there s. annual salary of $5,000, fc appointed and qualified, w taining to the revenues a. ment of Porto Rico and of public trust funds and fun property pertaining to or h the municipalities or dere with respect to all governme
He shall keep the gene rouchers pertaining thereto.
It shall be the duty of
In case of vacancy or o
auditor, the Governor of Pro
I also perform such other duties not inconsistent herewith as may be e by law. -. 15.
That the treasurer shall give bond, approved as to form by the y general of Porto Rico, in such sum as the legislature may require, s, however, than the sum of $125,000, with surety or sureties approved
governor, and he shall collect and be the custodian of public funds, all disburse the same in accordance with law, on warrants signed by the i and countersigned by the governor, and perform such other duties as e provided by law. He may designate banking institutions in Porto ind the United States as depositaries of the government of Porto Rico, t to such conditions as may be prescribed by the governor, after they filed with him satisfactory evidence of their sound financial condition ave deposited bonds of the United States or of the government of Porto or other security satisfactory to the governor in such amounts as may dicated by him; and no banking institution shall be designated a depos
of the government of Porto Rico until the foregoing conditions have been lied with. Interest on deposits shall be required and paid into the ury. SEC. 16. That the commissioner of the interior shall superintend all works
public nature. have charge of all public buildings, grounds, and lands, pt those belonging to the United States, and shall execute such requirets as may be imposed by law with respect thereto, and perform such other es as may be prescribed by law. SEC. 17. That the commissioner of education shall superintend public ruction throughout Porto Rico; all proposed disbursements on account reof must be approved by him, and all courses of study shall be prepared him, subject to disapproval by the governor if he desires to act. He shall pare rules governing the selection of teachers, and appointments of teachers local school boards shall be subject to his approval, and he shall perform h other duties, not inconsistent with this Act, as may be prescribed by v.
SEC. 18. That the commissioner of agriculture and labor shall have genal charge of such bureaus and branches of government as have been or shall legally constituted for the study, advancement, and benefit of agricultural nd other industries, the chief purpose of this department being to foster, 'omote, and develop the agricultural interests and the welfare of the wage urners of Porto Rico, to improve their working conditions, and to advance heir opportunities for profitable employment, and shall perform such other uties as may be prescribed by law.
SEC. 19. That the commissioner of health shall have general charge of ill matters relating to public health, sanitation, and charities, except such as relate to the conduct of maritime quarantine, and shall perform such other luties as may be prescribed by law.
SEC. 20. That there shall be appointed by the President an auditor, at an annual salary of $5,000, for å term of four years and until his successor is appointed and qualified, who shall examine, audit, and settle all accounts pertaining to the revenues and receipts, from whatever source, of the government of Porto Rico and of the municipal governments of Porto Rico, including public trust funds and funds derived from bond issues; and audit, in accordance with law and administrative regulations, all expenditures of funds or property pertaining to or held in trust by the government of Porto Rico or the municipalities or dependencies thereof. He shall perform a like duty with respect to all government branches.
He shall keep the general accounts of the government and preserve the vouchers pertaining thereto.
It shall be the duty of the auditor to bring to the attention of the proper administrative officer expenditures of funds or property which, in his opinion, are irregular, unnecessary, excessive, or extravagant.
In case of vacancy or of the absence from duty, from any cause. of the auditor, the Governor of Porto Rico mar designate an assistant. who shall have charge of the office.
Sovember, beginning with the year the year nineteen hundred and nine may be elected to fill such offices been duly qualified : Provided, hov
esercise all the powers and perform all The jurisdiction of the auditor over accounts, whether of funds or property,
vacaney, disability, or absence. and all vouchers and records pertaining thereto, shall be exclusive. With the approval of the governor, he shall from time to time make and promulgate
LEGISLATIVE general or special rules and regulations not inconsistent with law covering the
SEC. 23. That all local legislative methods of accounting for public funds and property, and funds and prop
otherwise provided, shall be vested in erty held in trust by the government or any of its branches: Provided, That
houses, one the senate and the other any officer accountable for public funds or property may require such addi
two houses shall be designated "the Le tional reports or returns from his subordinates or others as he may deem
SEC, 28. That the Senate of Porto necessary for his own information and protection.
eleted for terms of four years by the The decisions of the auditor shall be final, except that appeal therefron
of the seven senatorial districts defic may be taken by the party aggrieved or the head of the department con
the right to elect two senators, and in cerned within one year, in the manner hereinafter prescribed. The auditor
five senators at large. No person sha shall, except as hereinafter provided, have like authority as that conferred
Rico who is not over thirty years of by the law upon the several auditors of the United States and the Comptroller
write either the Spanish or English lan of the United States Treasury, and is authorized to communicate directly with
of Porto Rico for at least two consecany person having claims before him for settlement, or with any department,
senators at large, an actual resident officer, or person having official relations with his office.
ehosen for a period of at least one As soon after the close of each fiscal year as the accounts of said year
herein otherwise provided, the Senat may be examined and adjusted, the auditors shall submit to the governor an
the purely legislative powers and func annual report of the fiscal concerns of the government, showing the receipts
tive Council, including confirmation o and disbursements of the various departments and bureaus of the government
while the senate is not in session sh and of the various municipalities, and make such other reports as may be
or until the next adjournment of the required of him by the governor or the head of the executive department of
fire senators at large each elector the Government of the United States, to be designated by the President as
candidate, and the tive candidates rec herein provided.
he declared elected. In the execution of bis duties the auditor is authorized to summon wit
SEC. 27. That the House of Repo nesses, administer oaths, and to take evidence, and, in the pursuance of these
thirty-nine members elected quadren provisions, may issue subpænas and enforce the attendance of witnesses.
Rico, as hereinafter provided. Eac The office of the auditor shall be under the general supervision of the
after provided for shall have the righ governor and shall consist of the auditor and such necessary assistants as may
tion thereto there shall be elected fou be prescribed by law.
be a member of the house of represe SEC. 21. That any person aggrieved by the action or decision of the
of age, and who is not able to read auditor in the settlement of his account or claim may, within one year, take
language, except in the case of rep an appeal in writing to the governor, which appeal shall specifically set forth
bona fide resident of the district from the particular action of the auditor to which exception is taken, with the
to his election. In electing the four reason and authorities relied on for reversing such decision. The decision
be permitted to vote for but one ca of the governor in such case shall be final, subject to such right of action
the largest number of votes shall b as may be otherwise provided by law.
SEC, 28. SEC. 22. That there shall be appointed by the governor. by and with
the island of Porto Rico shall be di the advice and consent of the Senate of Porto Rico, an executive secretary at
composed of contiguous and compacan annual salary of $4.000, who shall record and preserve the minutes ani
tieable, upon the basis of equal popu proceedings of the public service commission hereinafter provided for and the
tion of such districts shall be mad laws enacted by the legislature and all acts and proceedings of the governor,
Division of districts shall be made and promulgate all proclamations and orders of the governor and all lans
topographical nature of the land, enacted by the legislature, and until otherwise provided by the legislature of
communication and to natural barrie Porto Rico perform all the duties of secretary of Porto Rico as now proridel
the island of Porto Rico into sever by law, except as otherwise specified in this Act, and perform sueh other
contiguous and compact refiresentat duties as may be assigned to bim by the Governor of Porto Rico. In the
within thirty days after the appro event of a vacancy in the office, or the absence, illness or temporary dis
by the governor, shall be final. qualification of such officer, the governor shall designate some officer or en
SEC. 29). That the next electi ployee of the government to discharge the functions of said office during such
nineteen hundred and seventeen upovacancy, absence, illness, or temporary disqualification,
there shall be chosen senators, rep SEC. 23. Tbat the Governor of Porto Rico, within sixty days after the
United States, and two publie-serviend of each session of the legislature, shall transmit to the executire depart
after the elections shall be held on ment of the Government of the United States, to be designated as herein provided for, which shall in turn transmit the same to the Congress of the
years thereafter, and the terms of United States, copies of all laws enacted during the session.
tofore been elected and whose tern SEC. 24. That the President may from time to time designate the head of an executive department of Porto Rico to act as governor in the case of a vacancy, the temporary removal, resignation, or disability of the governo. or his temporary absence, and the head of the department thus designated shall
That for the purpose
ne powers and perform all the duties of the governor during such bility, or absence.
LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT. That all local legislative powers in Porto Rico, except as herein ovided, shall be vested in a legislature which shall consist of two
the Senate and the other the house of representatives, and the shall be designated “the Legislature of Porto Rico."
That the Senate of Porto Rico shall consist of nineteen member's terms of four years by the qualified electors of Porto Rico. Each en senatorial districts defined as hereinafter provided shall have to elect two senators, and in addition thereto there shall be elected ors at large. No person shall be a member of the Senate of Porto
is not over thirty years of age, and who is not able to read and er the Spanish or English language, and whở has not been a resident Rico for at least two consecutive years, and, except in the case of at large, an actual resident of the senatorial district from which for a period of at least one year prior to his election, Except as otherwise provided, the Senate of Porto Rico shall exercise all of ely legislative powers and functions heretofore exercised by the Execuuncil, including confirmation of appointments; but appointments made he senate is not in session shall be effective either until disapproval il the next adjournment of the senate for the session. In electing the nators at large each elector shall be permitted to vote for but one ate, and the five candidates receiving the largest number of rotes shall
la red elected. EC, 27. That the House of Representatives of Porto Rico shall consist of -uine members elected quadrennially by the qualified electors of Porto
its hereinafter provided. Each of the representative districts herein· provided for shall have the right to elect one representative, and in addithereto there shall be elected four representatives at large. So person shall i member of the house of representatives who is not over twenty-five years ge, and who is not able to read and write either the Spanish or English guage, except in the case of representative at large, who has not been a la fide resident of the district from which elected for at least one year prior his election. In electing the four representatives at large, each elector shall
permitted to vote for but one candidate and the four candidates receiving e largest number of votes shall be elected.
SEC. 28. That for the purpose of elections hereafter to the legislature ne island of Porto Rico shall be divided into thirty-five representative districts, omposed of contiguous and compact territory and established, so far as pracicable, upon the basis of equal population. The division into and the demarcation of such districts shall be made by the Executive Council of Porto Rico. Division of districts shall be made as nearly as practicable to conform to the topographical nature of the land, with regard to roads and other means of communication and to natural barriers, Said Executive Council shall also divide the island of Porto Rico into seven senatorial districts, each composed of five contiguous and compact representative districts. They shall make their report within thirty days after the approval of this act, which report, when approved by the governor, shall be final.
Sec. 29. That the next election of Porto Rico shall be held in the year nineteen hundred and seventeen upon the sixteenth day of July. At such election there shall be chosen senators, representatives, a Resident Commissioner to the United States, and two public-service commissioners, as herein provided. Thereafter the elections shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, beginning with the year nineteen hundred and twenty, and every four years thereafter, and the terms of office of all municipal officials who have heretofore been elected and whose terms would otherwise expire at the beginning of the year nineteen hundred and nineteen are hereby extended until the officials who may be elected to fill such offices in nineteen hundred and twenty shall have been duly qualified : Provided, however, That nothing herein contained shall be
To lair shi:ll be revireil. or
trer. who, in case he shall then not construed to limit the right of the Legislature of Porto Rico at any time ti
tre President of the United States. revise the boundaries of senatorial and representative districts and of any
reas and wars, and the names of the municipality, or to abolish any municipality and the officers provided therefor.
the entered on the journal. If the I'm SEC. 30. That the term of office of senators and representatives chos
the same lie shall sign it, and
shal by the first general election shall be until January first, nineteen bundred apă
PITOP Sime lie shall return it to the twenty-one, and the terms of office of senators and representatives chosen at.
tyme il law: Provided. That the Pro subsequent elections shall be four years from the second January following
sure or clisill prove an act submitteil their election. In case of vacancy among the members of the senate or in the
**tion within ninety days from und : house of representatives, special elections may be held in the districts wherein
and if not approved within such time such vacancy occurred, under such regulations as may be prescribed by law, but
if it had been specifically proved. senators or representatives elected in such cases shall hold office only for the
«ntains several items of :ppropriation unexpired portion of the term wherein the vacancy occurred, and no senator
pure of such items, or illiy pirt or : or representative shall, during the time for which he shall have been elected
33] Broring of the other portion of the be appointed to any civil office under the government of Porto Rico, nor be
10 the bill. at the time of signing it appointed to any office created by act of the legislature during the time for which
jmrtions thereof to which he objects. he shall have been elected until two years after his term of office shall bare
all not take effect. If :my bill shall expired.
in dars i Sunday's excepted) after it SEC. 31. That members of the Senate and House of Representatives of
shall be il lav in like manner as if I Porto Rico shall receive compensation at the rate of $7 per day for the in
1:5 adjournment prevents its return, in ninety days of each regular session and $1 per day for each additional day of
Hy the governor within thirty days itt such session while in session, and mileage for each session at the rate of 10
ikt be a law.
A laws enacted by t cents per kilometer for each kilometer actually and necessarily traveled in goin:
reported to the Congress of the United from their legislative districts to the capital and therefrom to their place et
bree of this :(t. which hereby reser residence in their districts by the usual routes of travel.
If it the termination of a Sec. 32. That the senate and house of representatives, respectively, shei.
wry for the support of the government be the sole judges of the elections, returns, and qualifications of their members
taen made, the several sums appropri and they shall have and exercise all the powers with respect to the conduct of
it objects and purposes therein speci their proceedings that usu Uly pertain to parliamentary legislative bodies. Both
rable. shall be deemed to be reamin houses shall convene at the capital on the second Monday in February following
idature sli:ulilet in such behalf the next election, iind organize by the election of a speaker or a presiding officer.
pake the payments ne a clerk, and a sergeant at arms for each house, and such other officers and assist
Ech house still keep a journal ants as may be required.
Telion, from time to time publish to SEC. 33. That the first regular session of the Legislature of Porto Rico, į sa
quation shall, on tbe demand of op vided for by this act, shall convene on the twenty-eighth day after the first elec
te on the journal. tion provided for herein, and regular sessions of the legislature shall be held biet
The sessions of much house ind nially thereafter, convening on the second Monday in February of the year nine
teien. teen hundred and nineteen, and on the second Monday in February of each
Veither house shall. without lie second year thereafter. The governor may call special sessions of the legislature
than three :185 nor 10 illiy other i or of the senate at any time when in his opinion the public interest may requirt
fuatl be sittins. it, but no special session shall continue longer than ten days, not includiz
No law shall be passed except 1 Sundays and holidays, and no legislation shall be considered at such sessió
its Surge through eiti other than that specified in the call, and he shall call the senate in speria session at least once each year on the second Monday in February of the
So it of the legislature excepi years in which a regular session of the legislature is not provided for.
Pitailses of the government still liv SEC. 31. That the enacting clause of the laws shall be as to acts, “Be i
suge unless in case of emergency 1 enactel hy the Legislature of Porto Rico," and as to joint resolutions, "Be ii
fit body of the illell the legislature resolved by the Legislature of Porto Rico." Except as hereinafter proridel
tirmbers elected to card house othe bills and joint resolutions may originate in either house. The governor sta!!
proposition bill for the expenses submit at the opening of each regular session of the legislature a budget of
eitir house of the legislature after receipts and expenditures, which shall be the basis of the ensuing biennia .
wone i lak'. appropriation bill. No bill shall become a law until it be passed in each hous
los bill shilll be consiilereal by a majority yea and nay vote of all of the members belonging to such boos
mittee. returned therefrom, and prin and entered upon the journal and be approved by the governor within te
That either tollse may bay :) days thereafter. If when a bill that has been passed is presented to the got
rwszeleration of it measure and hiri
majo ernor for his signature he approves the same, he shall sign it; or if not, he
No will. except wenera! :pipiro shall return it, with his objections, to the house in which it originated, which
lity to this one subjet. which shuu house shall enter his objections at large on its journal and proceed to rerne
kuljert shall be embr:red in sider it. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of all the members of the
the title such it shall be void on house shall agree to pass the same it shall be sent, together with the objection
pressed to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of all the members of that house it shall be sent to the gora