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Proceedings and Debates of the 1850 Constitutional Convention
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19
and after the election and qualification of the
Commissioner of the Land office.
Sec. 7 The State Librarian shall be elected by
the joint vote of the two branches of the leg-
islature, for two years, and until his successor
shall be elected and qualify. His salary shall
be one thousand dollars per annum He shall
perform such duties as are now or may here-
after be prescribed by law.
Sec 8. The county authorities now known
as Levy Courts or County Commissioners, shall
hereafter be styled "County Commissioners,"
and shall be elected by general ticket, and not
by districts, by the voters of the several coun-
ties, on the first Wednesday in November, one
thousand eight hundred and fifty one, and on the
same day in every second year thereafter. Said
Commissioners shall exercise such powers and
duties only as the Legislature may from time to
time prescribe, but such powers and duties and
the tenure of office shall be uniform throughout
the State; and the Legislature shall, at or before
its second regular session after the adoption of
this Constitution, pass such laws as maybe ne-
cessary for determining the number for each
county, and ascertaining and defining the powers,
duties and tenure of office, of said Commission-
era; and until the passage of such laws the Com-
missioners elected under this Constitution shall
have and exercise all the powers and duties in
their respective counties now exercised by the
county authorities under the laws of the State.
Sec. 9. The General Assembly shall provide
by law for the election of Road Supervisors in
the several counties by the voters of the election
districts respectively, and may provide by law
for the election or appointment of such other
county officers as may be required, and are not
herein provided for, and prescribe their powers
and duties; but the tenure of office, their powers
and duties awl mode of appointment, shall be uni-
form throughout the State.
Sec. 10. The qualified voters of each county
and the city of Baltimore shall, at the first elec-
tion of delegates after the adoption of this Con-
stitution, and every two years thereafter, elect
a Surveyor for the counties and the city of Bal-
timore respectively, whose duties and compen-
sation shaft be the same as are now prescribed
by law for the county and city Surveyors respec-
tively, or as may hereafter be prescribed by law.
The term of office of said county and city Sur-
veyors respectively shall commence on the first
Monday of January next succeeding their elec-
tion; and vacancies in said office of Surveyors
by death, resignation or removal from their re-
spective counties or city, shall be filled by the
Commissioners of the counties or Mayor and
City Council of Baltimore respectively.
Sec. 11. The qualified voters of Worcester
county shall, at the first election of delegates
after the adoption of this Constitution, and
every two years thereafter, elect a Wreck-Mas-
ter for said county, whose duties and compen-
sation shall be the same as are now prescribed
or may be hereafter prescribed by law. The
term of office of said Wreck-Master shall com-
mence on the first Monday of January next suc-
ceeding his election; and a vacancy in said office
by death, resignation or removal from the coun-
ty, shall be filled by the County Commission-
ers of said county for the residue of the term thus
made vacant.
ARTICLE VIII.
New Counties.
Sec. 1. That part of Anne Arundel county
called Howard District, is hereby created into
a new county, to be called Howard county;
the inhabitants whereof shall have, hold and
enjoy all such rights and privileges as are held
and enjoyed by the inhabitants of the other
counties in this State, and its civil and muni-
cipal officers at the time of the ratification of
this constitution, shall continue in office until
their successors shall have been elected or
appointed, and shall have qualified as such;
and all rights, powers and obligations incident
to Howard District of Anne Arundel county
shall attach to Howard county.
Sec. 2. When that part of Allegany county,
lying south and west of a line beginning at the
summit of Big Back Bone or Savage Moun-
tain, where that mountain is crossed by Mason
and Dixon's line, and running thence by a
straight line to the middle of Savage river,
where it empties into the Potomac river;
thence by a straight line to the nearest point
or boundary of the State of Virginia, then with
said boundary to the Fairfax stone, shall con-
tain a population of ten thousand, and the ma-
jority of electors thereof shall desire to sepa-
rate and form a new county, and make known
their desire by petition to the Legislature, the
Legislature shall direct at the next succeeding
election, that the judges shall open a hook at
each election district in said part of Allegany
county, and have recorded therein the vote of
each elector "for or against" a new county.
In case the majority are in favor, then said
part of Allegany county, to be declared an
independent county, and the inhabitants where-
of shall have and enjoy all such rights and
privileges as are held and enjoyed by the inhab-
itants of the other counties in this State : Pro-
vided, That the whole representation in the
General Assembly of the county when divided
shall not exceed the present delegation of Al-
legany county allowed under this constitution,
until after the next census.
ARTICLE IX.
Militia.
Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of the Legisla-
ture to pass laws for the enrollment of the


 
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