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ORGANIC ACT OF HAWAII-1900.*
An Act to provide a government for the Territory of Hawaii.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
CHAPTER 1.-GENERAL PROVISIONS.
SECTION 1. That the phrase "the laws of Hawaii," as used in this Act without qualifying words, shall mean the constitution and laws of the Republic of Hawaii, in force on the twelfth day of August, eighteen hundred and ninetyeight, at the time of the transfer of the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States of America.
The constitution and statute laws of the Republic of Hawaii then in force, set forth in a compilation made by Sidney M. Ballou under the authority of the legislature, and published in two volumes entitled "Civil Laws" and "Penal Laws," respectively, and in the Session Laws of the Legislature for the session of eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, are referred to in this Act as "Civil Laws," "Penal Laws," and "Session Laws."
TERRITORY OF HAWAII.
SEC. 2. That the islands acquired by the United States of America under an Act of Congress entitled "Joint resolution to provide for annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States;" approved July seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, shall be known as the Territory of Hawaii.
: GOVERNMENT OF THE TERRITORY OF HAWAII.
SEC. 3. That a Territorial government is hereby established over the said Territory, with its capital at Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.
SEC. 4. That all persons who were citizens of the Republic of Hawaii on August twelfth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States and citizens of the Territory of Hawaii.
And all citizens of the United States resident in the Hawaiian Islands who were resident there on or since August twelfth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and all the citizens of the United States who shall hereafter reside in the Territory of Hawaii for one year shall be citizens of the Territory of Hawaii.
APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.
SEC. 5. That the Constitution, and, except as otherwise provided, all the laws of the United States, including laws carrying general appropriations, which are not locally inapplicable, shall have the same force and effect within the said Territory as elsewhere in the United States; Provided, That sections eighteen hundred and forty-one to eighteen hundred and ninety-one, inclusive, nineteen hundred and ten and nineteen hundred and twelve, of the Revised Statutes, and the amendments thereto, and an Act entitled "An Act to prohibit the passage of local or special laws in the Territories of the United States, to limit territorial indebtedness, and for other purposes," approved July thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-six, and the amendments thereto shall not apply to Hawaii. [As amended by act of May 27, 1910.]
*The Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States by a joint resolution approved July 7, 1898, and the formal cession was completed on August 12, 1898. By the act of April 30, 1900, the Islands were made a fully organized territory and a civil government was established. The organic act of 1900, with amendments since made, is still the fundamental law of the territory. The fundamental laws of Hawaii are embraced in Sections 3644-3746, inclusive, of the United States Compiled Statutes of 1913. United States Statutes at Large, Vol. 31.
LAWS OF HAWAII.
SEC. 6. That the laws of Hawaii not inconsistent with the Constitution or laws of the United States or the provisions of this Act shall continue in force. subject to repeal or amendment by the legislature of Hawait or the Congress of the United States.
SEC. 7. That the constitution of the Republic of Hawaii and the laws of Hawaii, as set forth in the following acts, chapters, and sections of the civil laws, penal laws, and session laws, and relating to the following subjects, are hereby repealed:
CIVIL LAWS: Sections two and three, Promulgation of laws; chapter five. Flag and seal; sections thirty to thirty-three, inclusive, Tenders for supplies: chapter seven, Minister of foreign affairs; chapter eight, Diplomatic and consular agents; sections one hundred and thirty-four and one hundred and thirtyfive, National museum; chapter twelve, Education of Hawaiian youths abroad; sectious one hundred and fifty to one hundred and fifty-six, inclusive, Aid to board of education; chapter fourteen, Minister of the Interior; sections one hundred and sixty-six to one hundred and sixty-eight, inclusive, one hundred and seventy-four and one hundred and seventy-five, Government lands; section one hundred and ninety, Board of commissioners of public lands; section four hundred and twenty-four, Bureau of agriculture and forestry; chapter thirtyone. Agriculture and manufactures; chapter thirty-two, Ramie; chapter thirtythree, Taro flour; chapter thirty-four, Development of resources; chapter thirtyfive. Agriculture; section four hundred and seventy-seven, Brands; chapter thirty-seven, Patents; chapter thirty-eight, Copyrights; sections five hundred and fifty-six and five hundred and fifty-seven, Railroad subsidy; chapter fortyseven, Pacific cable; chapter forty-eight, Hospitals; chapter fifty-one, Coins and currency: chapter fifty-four, Consolidation of public debt; chapter fifty-six, Post-office: chapter fifty-seven, Exemptions from postage; chapter fifty-eight, Postal savings banks; chapter sixty-five, Import duties; chapter sixty-six. Imports; chapter sixty-seven, Ports of entry and collection districts; chapter sixtyeight. Collectors; chapter sixty-nine, Registry of vessels; section one thousand and eleven. Custom-house charges; section eleven hundred and two, Elections; section eleven hundred and thirty-two, Appointment of magistrate; last clause of first subdivision and fifth subdivision of section eleven hundred and fortyfour, first subdivision of section eleven. hundred and forty-five, Jurisdiction: sections eleven hundred and seventy-three to eleven hundred and seventy-eight. inclusive. Translation of decisions; section eleven hundred and eighty-eight. Clerks of court; sections thirteen hundred and twenty-nine, thirteen hundred and thirty-one, thirteen hundred and thirty-two, thirteen hundred and fortyseven to thirteen hundred and fifty-four, inclusive, Juries; sections fifteen hundred and nine, to fifteen hundred and fourteen, inclusive, Maritime matters; chapter one hundred and two, Naturalization; section sixteen hundred and seventy-eight. Habeas corpus; chapter one hundred and eight, Arrest of debtors; subdivisions six, seven, ten, twelve to fourteen of section seventeen hundred and thirty-six, Garnishment; sections seventeen hundred and fifty-five to seventeen hundred and fifty-eight, inclusive, Liens on vessels; chapter one hundred and sixteen. Bankruptcy, and sections eighteen, hundred and twentyeight to eighteen hundred and thirty-two, inclusive, Water rights.
PENAL LAWS: Chapter six, Treason; section sixty-five to sixty-seven, inclusive. Foot binding; chapter, seventeen, Violation of postal laws; section three hundred and fourteen, Blasphemy; sections three hundred and seventy-one to three hundred and seventy-two, inclusive. Vagrants; sections four hundred and eleven to four hundred and thirteen, inclusive, Manufacture of liquors; chapter forty-three, Offenses on the high seas and other waters; sections five hundred and ninety-five and six hundred and two to six hundred and five, inclusive. Jurisdiction: section six hundred and twenty-three. Procedure; sections seven hundred and seven hundred and one, Imports; section seven hundred and ffteen, Auction license; section seven hundred and forty-five, Commercial trav elers; sections seven hundred and forty-eight to seven hundred and fifty-five. inclusive, Firearms; sections seven hundred and ninety-six to eight hundred and nine, inclusive. Coasting trade; sections eight hundred and eleven and eight
hundred and twelve, Peddling foreign goods; sections eight hundred and thirteen to eight hundred and fifteen, inclusive, Importation of live stock; section eight hundred and nineteen. Imports; sections eight hundred and eighty-six to nine hundred and six, inclusive, Quarantine; section eleven hundred and thirtyseven, Consuls and consular agents; chapter sixty-seven, Whale ships; sections eleven, hundred and forty-five to eleven hundred and seventy-nine, inclusive, and twelve hundred and four to twelve hundred and nine, inclusive, Arrival, entry, and departure of vessels; chapters sixty-nine to seventy-six, inclusive, Navigation and other matters within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States; sections thirteen hundred and forty-seven and thirteen hundred and forty-eight, Fraudulent exportation; chapter seventy-eight, Masters and servants; chapter ninety-three, Immigration; sections sixteen hundred and one, sixteen hundred and eight, and sixteen hundred and twelve, Agriculture and forestry; chapter ninety-six, Seditious offenses; and chapter ninety-nine, Sailing regulations.
SESSION LAWS: Act fifteen. Elections; Act twenty-six. Duties; Act twentyseven, Exemptions from duties; Act thirty-two, Registry of vessels; section four of Act thirty-eight. Importation of live stock; Act forty-eight, Pacific cable: Act sixty-five, Consolidation of public debt; Act sixty-six, Ports of entry; and Act sixty-eight, Chinese immigration.
CERTAIN OFFICES ABOLISHED.
SEC. 8. That the offices of President, minister of foreign affairs, minister of the interior, minister of finance, minister of public instruction, auditor-general, deputy auditor general, surveyor-general, marshal, and deputy marshal of the Republic of Hawaii are hereby abolished.
AMENDMENT OF OFFICIAL TITLES.
SEC. 9. That wherever the words "President of the Republic of Hawaii,” or "Republic of Hawaii," or "Government of the Republic of Hawaii," or their equivalents, occur in the laws of Hawaii not repealed by this Act, they are hereby amended to read "Governor of the Territory of Hawaii," or "Territory of Hawaii," or "Government of the Territory of Hawaii," or their equivalents, as the context requires.
CONSTRUCTION OF EXISTING STATUTES.
SEC. 10. That all rights of action, suits at law and in equity, prosecutions, and judgments existing prior to the taking effect of this Act shall continue to be as effectual as if this Act had not been passed; and those in favor of or against the Republic of Hawaii, and not-assumed by or transferred to the United States, shall be equally valid in favor of or against the government of the Territory of Hawaii. All offenses which by statute then in force were punishable as offenses against the Republic of Hawaii shall be punishable as offenses against the government of the Territory of Hawaii, unless such statute is inconsistent with this Act, or shall be repealed or changed by law. No person shall be subject to imprisonment for nonpayment of taxes nor for debt. All criminal and penal proceedings then pending in the courts of the Republic of Hawaii shall be prosecuted to final judgment and execution in the name of the Territory of Hawaii; all such proceedings, all actions at law, suits in equity, and other proceedings then pending in the courts of the Republic of Hawaii shall be carried on to final judgment and execution in the corresponding courts of the Territory of Hawaii; and all process issued and sentences imposed before this Act takes effect shall be as valid as if issued or imposed in the name of the Territory of Hawaii: Provided, That no suit or proceedings shall be maintained for the specific performance of any contract heretofore or hereafter entered into for personal labor or service, nor shall any remedy exist or be enforced for breach of any such contract, except in a civil suit or proceeding instituted solely to recover damages for such breach: Provided further. That the provisions of this section shall not modify or change the laws of the United States applicable to merchant seamen.
That all contracts made since August twelfth, eighteen hundred and ninety
eight, by which persons are held for service for a definite term, are hereby declared null and void and terminated, and no law shall be passed to enforce said contracts in any way; and it shall be the duty of the United States marshal to at once notify such persons so held of the termination of their contracts.
That the Act approved February twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and eightyfive, "To prohibit the importation and migration of foreigners and aliens under contract or agreement to perform labor in the United States, its Territories. and the District of Columbia," and the Acts amendatory thereof and supple mental thereto, be, and the same are hereby, extended to and made applicable to the Territory of Hawaii.
STYLE OF PROCESS.
SEC. 11. That the style of all process in the Territorial courts shall here after run in the name of "The Territory of Hawaii," and all prosecutions shal be carried on in the name and by the authority of the Territory of Hawaii.
CHAPTER II.-THE LEGISLATURE.
THE LEGISLATIVE POWER.
SEC. 12. That the legislature of the Territory of Hawaii shall consist of two houses, styled, respectively, the senate and house of representatives, which shall organize and sit separately, except as otherwise herein provided.
The two houses shall be styled "The legislature of the Territory of Hawaii," SEC. 13. That no person shall sit as a senator or representative in the legislature unless elected under and in conformity with this Act.
SEC. 14. That a general election shall be held on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, nineteen hundred, and every second year thereafter: Provided, however, That the governor may, in his discretion, on thirty days notice, order a special election before the first general election, if, in his opinion, the public interests shall require a special session of the legislature.
EACH HOUSE JUDGE OF QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS.
SEC. 15. That each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns, atl qualifications of its own members.
DISQUALIFICATIONS OF LEGISLATORS,
SEC. 16. That no member of the legislature shall, during the term fo which he is elected, be appointed or elected to any office of the Territory ś Hawaii.
DISQUALIFICATIONS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES,
SEC. 17. That no person holding office in or under or by authority of the Government of the United States or of the Territory of Hawaii shall be eligi to election to the legislature, or to hold the position of a member of the sa while holding said office.
SEC. 18. No idiot or insane person, and no person who shall be expelle from the legislature for giving or receiving bribes or being accessory theret and no person who, in due course of law, shall have been convicted of any criminal offense punishable by imprisonment, whether with or without haz laber, for a term exceeding one year, whether with or without fine, shall re ister to vote or shall vote or hold any office in, or under, or by authority « the government, unless the person so convicted shall have been pardoned 211 restored to his civil rights.
OATH OF OFFICE.
SEC. 19. That every member of the legislature, and all officers of the gin erument of the Territory of Hawaii, shall take the following oath or affirm tion:
I solemnly swear (or affirm), in the presence of Almighty God. that I w faithfully support the Constitution and laws of the United States, and conscies tiously and impartially discharge my duties as a member of the legislature.
as an officer of the government of the Territory of Hawaii (as the case may be).
OFFICERS AND RULES.
SEC. 20. That the senate and house of representatives shall each choose its own officers, determine the rules of its own proceedings, not inconsistent with this Act, and 'keep a journal.
AYES AND NOES.
SEC. 21. That the ayes and noes of the members on any question shall, at the desire of one-fifth of the members present, be entered on the journal.
SEC. 22. That a majority of the number of members to which each house is entitled shall constitute a quorum of such house for the conduct of ordinary business, of which quorum a majority vote shall suffice; but the final passage of a law in each house shall require the vote of a majority of all the members to which such house is entitled.
SEC. 23. That a smaller number than a quorum may adjourn from day to day, and compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide.
SEC. 24. That, for the purpose of ascertaining whether there is a quorum present, the chairman shall count the number of members present.
PUNISHMENT OF PERSONS NOT MEMBERS.
SEC. 25. That each house may punish by fine, or by imprisonment not exceeding thirty days, any person not a member of either house who shall be guilty of disrespect of such house by any disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its presence or that of any committee thereof; or who shall, on account of the exercise of any legislative function, threaten harm to the body or estate of any of the members of such house; or who shall assault, arrest, or detain any witness or other person ordered to attend such house, on his way going to or returning therefrom; or who shall rescue any person arrested by order of such house.
But the person charged with the offense shall be informed, in writing, of the charge made against him, and have an opportunity to present evidence and be heard in his own defense.
COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS.
SEC. 26. That the members of the legislature shall receive for their services, in addition to mileage at the rate of ten cents a mile each way, the sum of six hundred dollars for each regular session, payable in three equal installments on and after the first, thirtieth, and fiftieth days of the session, and the sum of two hundred dollars for each special session: Provided, That they shall receive no compensation for any extra session held under the provisions of section fifty-four of this Act. As amended by s. 2, act of May 27, 1910.]
'PUNISHMENT OF MEMBERS.
SEC. 27. That each house may punish its own members for disorderly behavior or neglect of duty, by censure, or by a two-thirds vote suspend or expel a member.
EXEMPTION FROM LIABILITY, '
SEC. 28. That no member of the legislature shall be held to answer before any other tribunal for any words uttered in the exercise of his legislative functions in either house.
EXEMPTION FROM ARREST.
SEC. 29. That the members of the legislature shall, in all cases except treason, felony, or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the sessions of the respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same: Provided, That such privilege as to going and returning shall not cover a period of over ten days each way.