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STATE OF MINNESOTA
PASSED DURING THE
COMMENCING JANUARY FIFTH, ONE THOUSAND
EIGHT HUNDRED AND NINETY-SEVEN.
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION BY SECRETARY OF STATE.
TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF
4, Art, 5 of
An act providing for an amendment to section four To amend Sec. (4) of article five (5) of the constitution of the State of constitution. Minnesota, defining the authority and duties of the governor in relation to pardons for criminal offenses and creating a board of pardons.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne
Section 1. The following amendment to section four (4) of article five (5) 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, by striking from said section the following words, viz.: "And he shall have power to grant reprieves and par- Text of dons after conviction for offenses against the state," and inserting in lieu thereof the following, that is to say: “And he shall have power in conjunction with the board of pardons, of which the governor shall be exofficio a member, and the other members of which shall consist of the attorney general of the state of Minnesota and the chief justice of the supreme court of the state of Minnesota, and whose powers and duties shall be defined and regulated by law, to grant reprieves and pardons after conviction for offenses against the state."
Voted upon at the general election held November third (3d), eighteen hundred and ninety-six (1896), and adopted by a vote of 130,354 in favor of said amendment, and a vote of 45,097 against the same.
Proclamation of the vote issued by the governor December twentyninth ( 29th), 1896.