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shall ascertain and determine the ratio of representation for members of the house of representatives and senators, the number of representatives to which each county is entitled and the boundaries of each senatorial district. Should any vacancy occur in said commission the senators of the party making the original designation shall, within ten days thereafter designate an elector to fill such vacancy, and he shall forthwith be appointed by the governor.
SEC. 3. The population of the state as ascertained by the preceding federal census, or in such other manner as the general assembly shall direct, shall be divided by the number “one hundred” and the quotient shall be the ratio of representation in the house of representatives for the ten years succeeding such apportionment.
SEC. 4. Each county shall be entitled to at least one representative; each county containing such ratio, and three-fourths over, shall be entitled to two representatives; each county containing three times such ratio shall be entitled to three representatives, and so on.
SEC. 5. Each county entitled to more than one representative shall be divided by such commission into as many districts as there are representatives apportioned to such county; and one representative shall be chosen from each district.
Sec. 6. Each representative district, in counties entitled to more than one representative, shall be composed of compact territory, bounded by election precinct lines, and as nearly equal in population as practicable; and each of such districts shall be numbered.
SEC. 7. The ratio for a senator shall be ascertained by dividing the population of the state by the number "thirty-five."
Sec. 8. The state shall be divided into senatorial districts, as herein provided, and each district shall choose one senator.
SEC. 9. Each senatorial district shall be composed of compact territory, as nearly equal in population as practicable, and except as to districts in counties entitled to two or more senators, shall be bounded by county lines.
Sec. 10. Each county having a population equal to three-fourths of one senatorial ratio shall constitute a senatorial district. Each county having a population equal to one senatorial ratio, and one-half over, shall be divided into two senatorial districts. Each county having a population equal to two and one-half ratios shall be divided into three senatorial districts, and so on; but no election precinct shall be divided in the formation of a senatorial district.
SEC. II. The apportionment so made for members of the general assembly shall be reported to the governor, by such commission, within two months after their appointment, and the same shall be published in such manner as shall be provided by law.
SECTION 2. At such election, those electors desiring to vote for such amendment may have placed upon their ballots the words “Representation by single districts – Yes;" and those opposed to such amendment may have placed upon their ballots the words "Representation by single districts - No."
SECTION 3. This amendment shall take effect on the fifteenth day of December, 1893; and any provision of the Constitution in conflict therewith is repealed.
53 Laws of Ohio, vol. xc, 382. – ED.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TAXING FRAN
CHISES AND PRIVILEGES, 1893
Proposed by joint resolution of the General Assembly, April 22, 1893. Submitted to the electors, November 7, 1893. Total vote cast
835,604 For amendment
322,422 Against amendment
82,281 Not adopted. SECTION 1. Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, that a proposition shall be submitted to the electors of this state, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1893, to amend section 2, article XII, of the Constitution of the state of Ohio, so that it shall read as follows:
ARTICLE XII SEC. 2. Laws may be passed which shall tax by a uniform rule all moneys, credits, investments in bonds, stocks, joint-stock companies, or otherwise; and all real and personal property according to the true value thereof in money. In addition thereto, laws may be passed taxing rights, privileges, franchises, and such other subject matters as the general assembly may direct; but burying grounds, public school-houses, houses used exclusively for public worship, institutions of purely public charity, public property used exclusively for any public purpose, and other property, may, by general laws, be exempted from taxation; and the value of all property so exempted shall, from time to time, be ascertained and published as may be directed by law.
SECTION 2. At such election, those electors desiring to vote for such amendment may have placed upon their ballots the words, “Amendment taxing franchises and privileges - Yes,” and those opposed to such amendment may have placed upon their ballots the words, “Amendment taxing franchises and privileges – No.”
SECTION 3. This amendment shall take effect on the first day of January, 1894."*
64 Laws of Ohio, vol. xc, 384.- ED.
PROPOSAL TO HOLD A CONSTITUTIONAL
Proposed by joint resolution of the General Assembly, April 16, 1896. Not submitted to the electors of the state because the Supreme Court decided it was defective in construction. 56
RESOLVED by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, two-thirds of the members elected to each branch concurring, that it is necessary to call a convention to revise, amend or change the Constitution of this state, and we recommend to the electors to vote at the next election for members of the general assembly, to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, A.D. 1897, for or against such a convention, to be convened in the year 1898. The deputy state supervisors of election are authorized to have printed on all official ballots under each party emblem the words “Constitutional convention - Yes," and the words “Constitutional convention - No.” When the words above are printed upon the official ballot, the choice of the elector in the affirmative may be expressed by a cross mark in the circular space above the name of the party, in the manner of voting a straight ticket, and all tickets having a cross mark in such space shall be counted in the affirmative, or such affirmative vote may be expressed by a cross mark opposite the line containing the word "Yes;" and the choice of an elector in the negative may be expressed by a cross mark opposite the line con
66 Ohio State Reports, vol. Ivi, 721. – ED.