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OF THE

STATE OF MINNESOTA

PASSED DURING THE

THIRTIETH SESSION

OF THE

STATE LEGISLATURE

COMMENCING JANUARY FIFTH, ONE THOUSAND

EIGHT HUNDRED AND NINETY-SEVEN.

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION BY SECRETARY OF STATE.

DELANO:
THE EAGLE PRINTING Co.

1897.

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AMENDMENTS

TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF
MINNESOTA, ADOPTED IN THE

YEAR 1896.

4, Art, 5 of

An act providing for an amendment to section four Toamend 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

sota:

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,” amendment. 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.

Toamend Sec. 1. Art. 7 of constitution.

An act proposing an amendment to section one (1) of article seven (7) of the constitution of the State of Minnesota, which relates to the elective franchise.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

sota:

Section as amended.

SECTION 1. The following amendment to a part of article seven (7) 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, change section one (1) of article seven (7) of said constitution so that said section one (1) shall read as follows:

Section one (1). What persons are entitled to vote:

Every male person of the age of twenty-one (21) years or upwards, belonging to either of the following classes, who has resided in this state six (6) months next preceding any election, shall be entitled to vote at such election in the election district of which he shall at the time have been for thirty (30) days a resident, for all officers that now are, or hereafter may be, elective by the people.

First-Citizens of the United States who have been such for the period of three (3) months next preceding any election.

Second-Persons of mixed white and Indian blood, who have adopted the customs and habits of civilization.

Third-Persons of Indian blood residing in this state, who have adopted the language, customs and habits of civilization, after an examination before any district court of the state, in such manner as may be provided by law, and shall have been pronounced by said court capable of enjoying the rights of citizenship within the state.

Voted upon at the general election held November third (3d), eighteen hundred and ninety-six (1896 ), and adopted by a vote of 97.980 in favor of said amendment, and a vote of 52,454 against the same.

Proclamation of the vote issued by the governor December twentyninth (29th), 1896.

Art. 4 of

An act proposing an amendment to article four (4) of Letamend the constitution of the State of Minnesota, allowing constitution. cities already incorporated, and villages desiring to become incorporated as cities, to frame their own charters as cities.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minne

sota:

amendment.

Section 1. The following amendment to article four (4) of the constitution of the state of Minnesota is hereby proposed to the people of said state for their approval or rejection, which amendment when so approved shall be known as section 36 of said article four (4), and shall read as follows:

"Sec. 36. Any city or village in this state may frame Text of a charter for its own government as a city consistent with and subject to the laws of this state as follows: The legislature shall provide, under such restrictions as it deems proper, for a board of fifteen freeholders, who shall be and for the past five years shall have been qualified voters thereof, to be appointed by the district judges of the judicial district in which the city or village is situated, which board shall within six months after its appointment return to the chief magistrate of such city or village a draft of such charter signed by the members of said board, or a majority thereof. Such charter shall be submitted to the qualified voters of such city or village at the next election thereafter, and if four-sevenths of the qualified voters voting at such election shall ratify the same, it shall at the end of thirty days thereafter become the charter of such city or viilage as a city, and supersede any existing charter and amendments thereof; provided, that in cities having patrol limits now established such charter shall require a three-fourths majority vote of the qualified voters, voting at such election, to change the patrol limits now established.

Before any city shall incorporate under this act, the legislature shall prescribe by law the general limits within which such charter shall be framed. Duplicate certificates shall be made setting forth the charter proposed and its ratification, which shall be signed by the chief magistrate of said city or village, and authenticated by its corporate seal. One of said certificates shall be deposited in the office of the secretary of state, and the other, after being recorded in the office of the register of deeds for the county in which such city or village lies, shall be deposited among the archives of such city or village, and all courts shall take judicial

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