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Constitutional Revision Study Documents of the Constitutional Convention Commission, 1968
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CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION STUDY DOCUMENTS

[AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION]

COMPARISON

Headnotes

Present
Constitution

Constitution of
1867

Constitution of
1864

Constitution of
1851

Constitution of
1776

Amendments to
1776 Constitution

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Constitution for such
territory, and may for that
purpose increase the number
of judges of the Court of
Appeals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amendments to
Constitution:
Procedure for
ratification.

ARTICLE XIV.

AMENDMENTS TO THE
CONSTITUTION.

Section 1. The General
Assembly may propose
Amendments to this Consti-
tution; provided that each
Amendment shall be em-
braced in a separate bill,
embodying the Article or
Section, as the same will
stand when amended and
passed by three-fifths of all
the members elected to each
of the two Houses, by yeas
and nays, to be entered on
the Journals with the pro-
posed Amendment. The bill
or bills proposing amend-
ment or amendments shall
be published by order of the
Governor, in at least two
newspapers, in each County,
where so many may be pub-
lished, and where not more
than one may be published,
then in that newspaper, and
in three newspapers pub-
lished in the City of Balti-
more, once a week for four
weeks immediately preced-
ing the next ensuing general
election, at which the pro-
posed amendment or amend-
ments shall be submitted, in
a form to be prescribed by
the General Assembly, to the
qualified voters of the State
for adoption or rejection.
The votes cast for and
against said proposed
amendment or amendments,
severally, shall be returned
to the Governor, in the man-
ner prescribed in other cases,
and if it shall appear to the

ARTICLE XIV.

AMENDMENTS TO THE
CONSTITUTION.

Section 1. The General
Assembly may propose
Amendments to this Consti-
tution; provided, that each
Amendment shall be em-
braced in a separate Bill,
embodying the Article or
Section, as the same will
stand when amended and
passed by three-fifths of all
the members elected to each
of the two Houses, by yeas
and nays, to be entered on
the Journals with the pro-
posed Amendment. The Bill,
or Bills, proposing amend-
ment, or amendments, shall
be published by order of the
Governor, in at least two
newspapers in each county,
where so many may be pub-
lished, and where not more
than one may be published,
then in that newspaper, and
in three newspapers pub-
lished in the City of Balti-
more, one of which shall be
in the German language,
once a week, for at least
three months preceding the
next ensuing general elec-
tion, at which the said pro-
posed amendment, or
amendments shall be sub-
mitted, in a form to be pre-
scribed by the General As-
sembly, to the qualified vot-
ers of the State for adoption
or rejection. The votes cast
for and against said pro-
posed amendment, or
amendments, severally, shall
be returned to the Governor,

ARTICLE XI.

AMENDMENTS OF THE
CONSTITUTION.

Section 1. The General
Assembly may propose any
amendment or amendments
to this Constitution which
shall be agreed to by three-
fifths of all the members
elected to both Houses. Such
proposed amendment or
amendments with the yeas
and nays thereon, shall be
entered on the Journal of
each House; shall be printed
with the laws passed at the
same session, and shall be
published by order of the
Governor, in all the news-
papers printed in the differ-
ent counties of this State,
and in three newspapers
printed in the city of Balti-
more, (one of which shall
be printed in the German
language,) for at least three
months preceding the next
election for members of the
General Assembly, at which
election the said proposed
amendment or amendments
shall be submitted to the
qualified electors of the State
for their confirmation or re-
jection; and if it shall ap-
pear to the satisfaction of
the Governor, from the re-
turns of the said election
made to him by the proper
authorities, that a majority
of the qualified votes cast at
said election on the proposed
amendment or amendments,
were in favor of the said
proposed amendment or
amendments, he shall, by

ARTICLE XI.

AMENDMENT OF THE
CONSTITUTION.

It shall be the duty of the
Legislature, at its first ses-
sion immediately succeeding
the returns of every census
of the United States, here-
after taken, to pass a law
for ascertaining, at the next
general election of Delegates,
the sense of the people of
Maryland in regard to the
calling a Convention for
altering the Constitution;
and in case the majority of
votes cast at said election
shall be in favor of calling
a Convention, the Legisla-
ture shall provide for as-
sembling such Convention;
and electing Delegates there-
to at the earliest convenient
day; and the Delegates to
the said Convention shall be
elected by the several coun-
ties of the State and the
city of Baltimore, in propor-
tion to their representation
respectively in the Senate
and House of Delegates, at
the time when said Conven-
tion may be called.

59. That this form of gov-
ernment, and the declaration
of rights, and no part there-
of, shall be altered, changed,
or abolished, unless a bill so
to alter, change, or abolish
the same, shall pass the gen-
eral assembly and be pub-
lished at least three months
before a new election, and
shall be confirmed by the
general assembly after a new
election of delegates, in the
first session after such new
election; provided that noth-
ing in this form of govern-
ment which relates to the
eastern shore particularly
shall at any time hereafter
be altered, unless for the
alteration and confirmation
thereof at least two thirds of
all the members of each
branch of the general assem-
bly shall concur.

Proposed by Act of 1836,
chapter 197. Ratified 1837.

Sec. 28. If this act shall
be confirmed by the General
Assembly, after a new elec-
tion of Delegates, in the first
session after such new elec-
tion agreeably to the provi-
sions of the Constitution and
form of government, then
and in such case this act,
and the alterations and
amendments of the Consti-
tution therein contained,
shall be taken and consid-
ered, and shall constitute
and be valid, as a part of
said constitution and form
of Government, anything in
the said Constitution and
form of Government to the
contrary notwithstanding.

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