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STATE AND COUNTY ELECTIONS IN EVEN
YEARS AMENDMENT, 1905
Proposed by joint resolution of the General Assembly, March 18, 1904. Submitted to the electors, November 7, 1905. Total vote cast
961,505 For amendment
702,699 Against amendment
90,762 Adopted. Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That a proposition shall be submitted to the electors of this state, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1905, to amend the Constitution of the state of Ohio, said amendment to be designated “Article XVII" and to read as follows:
ARTICLE XVII SECTION 1. Elections for state and county officers shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in the even numbered years; and all elections for other elective officers shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in the odd numbered years.
SEC. 2. The term of office of the governor, lieutenantgovernor, attorney-general, secretary of state and treasurer of state shall be two years, and that of the auditor of state shall be four years. The term of the offices of the judges of the supreme and circuit courts shall be such even number of years not less than six (6) years as may be prescribed by the general assembly: that of the judges of the common pleas court six (6) years and of the judges of the probate court, four (4) years, and that of other judges shall be such even number of years not exceeding six (6) years as may be prescribed by the general assembly. The term of office of justices of the peace shall be such even number of years not exceeding four (4) years, as may be prescribed by the general assembly. The term of office of the members of the board of public works shall be such even number of years not exceeding six (6) years as may be prescribed; and the term of office of all elective county, township, municipal and school officers shall be such even number of years not exceeding four (4) years as may be so prescribed.
And the general assembly shall have power to extend existing terms of office as to effect the purpose of section I of this article.
Any vacancy which may occur in any elective state office other than that of member of the general assembly or of governor, shall be filled by appointment by the governor until the disability is removed, or a successor elected and qualified. Every such vacancy shall be filled by election at the first general election for the office which is vacant, that occurs more than thirty (30) days after the vacancy shall have occurred. The person elected shall fill the office for the unexpired term. All vacancies in other elective offices shall be filled for the unexpired term in such manner as may be prescribed by law.
SEC. 3. Every elective officer holding office when this amendment is adopted, shall continue to hold such office for the full term for which he was elected, and until his successor shall be elected and qualified as provided by law."
PROPOSED AMENDMENT RELATIVE TO REPASSING BILL AFTER GOVERN
OR'S VETO, 1908
Proposed by joint resolution of the General Assembly, March 20, 1906. Submitted to electors, November 3, 1908. Total vote
1,136,525 For amendment
323,770 Against amendment
61,754 Not adopted. Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. A proposition shall be submitted to the electors of this state at the next election for members of the general assembly, to amend the Constitution of the state of Ohio so that sections 18 to 32, both inclusive, of article II, shall respectively be numbered as sections 19 to 33; and sections 16 and 18 of such article be so amended as to read as follows:
ARTICLE II SEC. 16. Every bill shall be fully and distinctly read on three different days, unless, in case of emergency, three-fourths of the members elected to the house in which it shall be pending, shall dispense with this rule; but the reading of a bill on its final passage shall in no case be dispensed with. No bill shall contain more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title; and no law shall be revived or amended, unless the new act contain the entire act revived, or the section or sections amended; and the section or sections so amended shall be repealed.
SEC. 18. Every bill passed by the general assembly shall, before it can become a law, be presented to the governor for his approval. If he approve it he can [shall] sign it. If he do not approve it, he shall send it with his objections in writing, to the house in which it originated which may then reconsider the vote on its passage. If two-thirds of the members elected to that house then
agree to repass the bill, it shall be sent, with the objections of the governor, to the other house which may also reconsider the vote on its passage. If two-thirds of the members elected to that house then agree to repass it, it shall become a law, notwithstanding the objections of the governor. If a bill shall not be returned by the governor within ten days, Sundays excepted, after being presented to him, it shall become a law, unless the general assembly by adjournment prevent its return; in which case, it shall become a law unless, within ten days after such adjournment, it shall be filed by him, with his objections, in the office of the secretary of state. The governor may disapprove any item or items in any bill making an appropriation of money, and the item or items, so disapproved, shall be stricken therefrom, unless repassed in the manner herein prescribed for the repassage of a bill.
SECTION 2. This amendment shall take effect on the first day of January, A.D. 1909."
84 Laws of Ohio, vol. xcviii, 412. – ED.