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Proceedings and Debates of the 1850 Constitutional Convention
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17

which the State is a party, or has an interest,
immediately to notify the Governor thereof.

ARTICLE VI.
Treasury Department.

Sec. I. There shall be a Treasury Depart-
ment, consisting of a Comptroller, chosen by
the qualified electors of the State at each elec-
tion of members of the House of Delegates,
who shall receive an annual salary of twb
thousand rive hundred dollars; and of a Treas-
wer, to be appointed by the two houses of the
Legislature at each session thereof, on joint
ballot, who shall also receive an annual salary
of two thousand five hundred dollars; and
neither of the said officers shall be allowed or
receive any fees, commissions or perquisites
•of any kind, in addition to his salary, lor the
performance of any duty or service whatever.
In case of a vacancy in either of the offices
by death or otherwise, the Governor, by and
with the advice and consent of the Senate,
shall fill such vacancy by appointment, to con-
tinue until another election by the people, or a
choice hy the legislature, as the case may be,
and the qualification of the successor. The
Comptroller and the Treasurer shall keep their
offices at the seat of government, and shall
take such oath, and enter into such bonds,
for the faithful discharge of their duties, as
the legislature shall prescribe.
See. 2. The Comptroller shall have the gen-
eral superintendence of the fiscal affairs of the
State; he shall digest and prepare plans for the
improvement and management of the revenue,
and for the support of the public credit; pre-
pare and report estimates of the revenue and
•expenditure of the State; superintend and en-
force the collection of all taxes and revenue;
adjust, settle and preserve all public accounts;
decide on the forms of keeping and stating ac-
counts; grant, urider regulations prescribed by
law, all warrants for moneys to be paid out of
the treasury, in pursuance of appropriations by
law; prescribe the formalities of the transfer
of stock or other evidences of the State debt,
•and countersign the same, without which such
evidences shall not he valid; he shall make full
reports of *H his proceedings, and of the state
of the Treasury Department, withig ten days
after the commencement of each session of the
legislature, and perform such other duties as
shall be prescribed by law.
Sec. 3 The Treasurer shall receive and keep
the moneys of the State, and disburse the
same upon warrants drawn by the Comptroller,
and not otherwise; he shall take receipts for
all moneys paid by him, and all receipts for
moneys received by him shall be endorsed upon
warrant signed by the Comptroller, without
which warrants, so signed, no acknowledgment
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of money received into the Treasury shall in-
valid; and upon warrants issued by the Comp-
troller, he shall make arrangements for the •
payment of the interest of the publi* debt, and
for the purchase thereof, on account of the
sinking fund. Every bond, certificate, or
other evidence of the debt of the State, shall
be signed by the Treasurer, and coantersigned
by the Comptroller, and no new certificate,
or other evidence intended to replace another,
shall be issued until the old one shall be deliv-
ered to the Treasurer, and authority executed in
due form for the transfer of the same, shall be
filed in his office, and the transfer accordingly
made on the books thereof, and the certificate
or other evidence canceled; bat the legislature
may make provision for the loss of. certificates •
or other evidence of the debt.
Sec. 4. The Treasurer shall rendei his ac-
counts quarterly to the Comptroller; and on the
third day of each session of the legislature, he
shall submit to the Senate and House of Dele-
gates, fair and accurate copies of all accounts
by him from time to time rendered and settled
with the Comptroller. He shall at all times
submit to the Comptroller, the inspection of the
moneys jn his hands, and perform all other
duties that shall be prescribed by law.

ARTICLE VII.
Sundry Officert.

Sec. 1. At the first general election of dele-
gates to the General Assembly, after the adop-
tion of this Constitution, four commissioners
shall be elected as hereinafter provided, who
shall be styled "Commissioners of Public
Works;'' and who shall exercise a diligent and
faithful supervision of all public works, in
which the State may be interested as stockhold-
er or creditor, and shall represent the State in
all meetings of the stockholders, and shall ap-
point the Directors in every Railroad or Canal
company in which the State has the constitu-
tional power to appoint Directors. It shall al-
so be the duty of the Commissioners of Public
Works to review, from time to time, the rate
ol tolls adopted by any company; use all legal
powers which they may possess, to obtain the
establishment of rates of tolls, which may pre-
vent an injurious competition with each other,
to the detriment of the interests of the State; .
and so to adjust them as to promote the agri--
culture of the State. It shall also be the duty
of the said Commissioners of Public Worfc*^
to keep a journal of their proceedings; and at
each regular session of the Legislature to Bake
to it a report, and to recommend snch legisla-
tion as they shall deem necessary and requisite •
to promote or protect the interest of the State in .
the public works, and perform such other duties .
as may be prescribed by law. They shall each



 

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