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1, Art. 7 of constitution.

Toamend Sec. An act proposing an amendment to section one (1)

iún. of article seven (7) of the constitution of the State of

Minnesota, which relates to the elective franchise.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

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Section as amended.

Section 1. The following amendment to a part of article seven (7) of the constitution of the state of Minnesota is hereby proposed to the people of said state for their approval or rejection, that is to say, change section one (1) of article seven (7) of said constitution so that said section one (1) shall read as follows:

Section one (1). What persons are entitled to vote:

Every male person of the age of twenty-one (21) years or upwards, belonging to either of the following classes, who has resided in this state six (6) months next preceding any election, shall be entitled to vote at such election in the election district of which he shall at the time have been for thirty (30) days a resident, for all officers that now are, or hereafter may be, elective by the people.

First-Citizens of the United States who have been such for the period of three (3) months next preceding any election.

Second-Persons of mixed white and Indian blood, who have adopted the customs and habits of civilization.

Third-Persons of Indian blood residing in this state, who have adopted the language, customs and habits of civilization, after an examination before any district court of the state, in such manner as may be provided by law, and shall have been pronounced by said court capable of enjoying the rights of citizenship within the state.

Voted upon at the general election held November third (3d), eighteen hundred and ninety-six (1896), and adopted by a vote of 97,980 in favor of said amendment, and a vote of 52,454 against the same.

. Proclamation of the vote issued by the governor December twentyninth (29th), 1896.

To amend An act proposing an amendment to article four (4) of

lo allicic Tour (*). 01 Art. 4 of the the constitution of the State of Minnesota, allowing constitution. cities already incorporated, and villages desiring to become incorporated as cities, to frame their own charters as cities.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

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amendment.

SECTION 1. The following amendment to article four (4) of the constitution of the state of Minnesota is hereby proposed to the people of said state for their approval or rejection, which amendment when so approved shall be known as section 36 of said article four (4), and shall read as follows: ..

"Sec. 36. Any city or village in this state may frame Text of a charter for its own government as a city consistent with and subject to the laws of this state as follows: The legislature shall provide, under such restrictions as it deems proper, for a board of fifteen freeholders, who shall be and for the past five years shall have been qualified voters thereof, to be appointed by the district judges of the judicial district in which the city or village is situated, which board shall within six months after its appointment return to the chief magistrate of such city or village a draft of such charter signed by the members of said board, or a majority thereof. Such charter shall be submitted to the qualified voters of such city or village at the next election thereafter, and if four-sevenths of the qualified voters voting at such election shall ratify the same, it shall at the end of thirty days thereafter become the charter of such city or village as a city, and supersede any existing charter and amendments thereof; provided, that in cities having patrol limits now established such charter shall require a three-fourths majority vote of the qualified voters, voting at such election, to change the patrol limits now established.

Before any city shall incorporate under this act, the legislature shall prescribe by law the general limits within which such charter shall be framed. Duplicate certificates shall be made setting forth the charter proposed and its ratification, which shall be signed by the chief magistrate of said city or village, and authenticated by its corporate seal. One of said certificates shall be deposited in the office of the secretary of state, and the other, after being recorded in the office of the register of deeds for the county in which such city or village lies, shall be deposited among the archives of such city or village, and all courts shall take judicial

notice thereof. Such charter so deposited may be amended by a proposal therefor made by a board of fifteen freeholders aforesaid, published for at least thirty days in three newspapers of general circulation in such city or village, and accepted by three-fifths of the qualified voters of such city or village voting at the next election, and not otherwise; but such charter shall always be in harmony with and subject to the constitution and laws of the state of Minnesota. The legislature may prescribe the duties of the commission relative to submitting amendments of charter to the vote of the people.

The board of freeholders above provided for shall be permanent, and all the vacancies by death, disability to perform duties, resignation or removal from the corporate limits shall be filled by appointment in the same manner as the original board was created, and said board shall always contain its full complement of members.

It shall be a feature of all such charters that there shall be provided, among other things, for a mayor or chief magistrate, and a legislative body of either one or two houses; if of two houses at least one of them shall be elected by general vote of the citizens.

In submitting any such charter or amendment thereto to the qualified voters of such city or village any alternate section or article may be presented for the choice of the voters, and may be voted on separately without prejudice to other articles or sections of the charter or any amendment thereto.

The legislature may provide general laws relating to affairs of cities, the application of which may be limited to cities of over fifty thousand inhabitants, or to cities of fifty and not less than fifteen thousand inhabitants, or to cities of fifteen thousand inhabitants or less, which shall apply equally to all such cities of either class, and which shall be paramount while in force to the provisions relating to the same matter included in the local charter herein provided for. But no local charter, provision or ordinance passed thereunder shall supersede any general law of the state defining or punishing crimes or misdemeanors."

Voted upon at the general election held November third (3rd), eighteen hundred and ninety six (1896), and adopted by a vote of 107,086 in favor of said amendment and a vote of 58,312 against the same.

Proclamation of the vote issued by the governor December twentyninth ( 29th ), 1896.

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An act proposing an amendment to section thirteen To amend Sec. (13), article one (1), of the constitution of the State of constitution. Minnesota, relating to taking private property for public use.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

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SECTION 1. The following amendment to section thirteen (13), article one (1), of the constitution of the state of Minnesota is hereby proposed to the people of the state for their approval or rejection, that is to say, said section shall be amended to read as follows: Pri- Text of vate property shall not be taken, destroyed or dam- amendment. aged for public use, without just compensation therefor first paid or secured.

Voted upon at the general election held November third (3d), eighteen hundred and ninety-six (1896), and adopted by a vote of 101,198 in favor of said amendment, and a vote of 56,839 against the same.

Proclamation of the vote issued by the governor December twentyninth ( 29th), 1896.

To amend

An act to amend article eight (8) of the constitution of the State of Minnesota, relating to school funds, edu- Art. 8 of the cation and science.

cons titution.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

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o amendment.

SECTION 1. The following amendment of article eight (8) of the constitution of the state of Minnesota is hereby proposed to the people for approval or rejection, that is to say, that said article eight (8) be amended by adding thereto the following section, viz.:

Sec. 6. The permanent school and university fund of Text of this state may be invested in the purchase of bonds of any county, school district, city, town or village of this state, but no such investment shall be made until approved by the board of commissioners designated by law to regulate the investment of the permanent school fund and the permanent university fund of this state; nor shall such loan or investment be made when the issue of which the same in part would make the entire bonded indebtedness exceed seven per cent of the assessed valuation of the taxable real property of the county, school district, city, town or village issuing such bonds; nor shall such loans or indebtedness be made at

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a lower rate of interest than three per cent per annum nor for a shorter period than five (5) years nor for a longer period than twenty (20) years, and no change of the town, school district, village, city or county lines shall relieve the real property in such town, school district, county, village or city in this state at the time of the issuing of such bonds from any liability for taxation to pay such bonds.

Voted upon at the general election held November third (3d), eighteen hundred and ninety-six (1896), and adopted by a vote of 127,151 in favor of said amendment, and a vote of 36,134 against the same.

Proclamation of the vote issued by the governor December twentyninth (29th, ) 1896.

To amend Art. 9 of the constitution.

An act proposing an amendment to the constitution of the State of Minnesota, to authorize the taxation of the property of sleeping, drawing room and parlor car, and other companies and owners, in the manner therein provided. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

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Text of amendment.

Section 1. The following amendment to the constitution of the state of Minnesota is hereby proposed to the people of said state for approval or rejection, that is to say, to add at the end of article 9 thereof an additional section, to be appropriately numbered, and to be as follows:

“The legislature may impose, or provide for the imposition of, upon the property within this state of any and all owners or operators, whether corporate or individual, or otherwise, of any and all sleeping, parlor and drawing room cars, or any or either of the same, which run in, into or through this state; also upon the property within this state of any and all telegraph and telephone companies, or owners, whose lines are in, or extend in, into or through this state; also upon the property within this state of all express companies, or owners, or any or either of the same, doing business in this state; also upon the property within this state of all domestic insurance companies of this state of any kind; also upon the property within this state of any and all foreign insurance companies doing business in this state of any kind; also upon the property within this state of all owners or operators of any and all mines or of mineral ores situated in this state; also upon the property within this state of all boom companies or

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