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Legislation Prohibited by the Constitution.
No law shall be passed except by bill, and no bill shall be so altered or amended, on its passage through either House, as to change its original purpose.
No bill shall be considered unless referred to a committee, returned therefrom, and printed for the use of the members.
No bill, except general appropriation bills, shall be passed containing more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title.
Every bill shall be read at length on three different days, in each House ; all amendments made thereto shall be printed for the use of the members before the final vote is taken on the bill, and no bill shall become a law, unless on its final passage the vote be taken by yeas and nays, the names of the persons voting for and against the same be entered on the journal, and a majority of the members elected to each House be recorded thereon as voting in its favor.
No amendment to bills by one House shall be concurred in by the other, except by the vote of a majority of the members elected thereto, taken by yeas and nays, and the names of those voting for and against recorded upon the journal thereof; and reports of committees of conference shall be adopted in either House only by the vote of a majority of the members elected thereto, taken by yeas and nays, and the names of those voting recorded upon the journals.
No law shall be revived, amended, or the provisions thereof extended or conferred, by reference to its title only, but so much thereof as is revived, amended, extended or conferred shall be re-enacted and published at length.
The General Assembly shall not pass any local or special law
Authorizing the creation, extension or impairing of liens:
Regulating the affairs of counties, cities, townships, wards, boroughs or school districts :
Changing the names of persons or places: Changing the venue in civil or criminal cases :
Authorizing the laying out, opening, altering or maintaining roads, highways, streets or alleys:
Relating to ferries or bridges, or incorporating ferry or bridge companies, except for the erection of bridges crossing streams which form boundaries between this and any other State:
Vacating roads, town plats, streets or alleys:
Relating to cemeteries, graveyards, or public grounds not of the State:
Authorizing the adoption or legitimation of child
Locating or changing county seats, erecting new counties or changing county lines:
Incorporating cities, towns or villages, or changing their charters :
For the opening and conducting of elections, or fixing or changing the place of voting : Granting divorces:
Erecting new townships or boroughs, changing township lines, borough limits or school districts:
Creating offices, or prescribing the powers and duties of officers in counties, cities, boroughs, townships, election or school districts:
Changing the law of descent or succession :
Regulating the practice or jurisdiction of, or changing the rules of evidence in, any judicial proceeding or inquiry before courts, aldermen, justices of the peace, sheriffs, commissioners, arbitrators, auditors, masters in chancery or other tribunals, or providing or changing methods for the collection of debts, or the enforcing of judgments, or prescribing the effect of judicial sales of real estate:
Regulating the fees, or extending the powers and duties of aldermen, justices of the peace, magistrates or constables :
Regulating the management of public schools, the building or repairing of school-houses, and the raising of money for such purposes:
Fixing the rate of interest :
Affecting the estates of minors or persons under disability, except after due notice to all parties in interest, to be recited in the special enactment:
Remitting fines, penalties and forfeitures, or refunding moneys legally paid into the treasury:
Exempting property from taxation :
Regulating labor, trade, mining or manufacturing:
Creating corporations, or amending, renewing or extending the charters thereof:
Granting to any corporation, association or individual any special or exclusive privilege or immunity, or to any corporation, association or individual the right to lay down a railroad track:
Nor shall the General Assembly indirectly enact such special or local law by the partial repeal of a general law; but laws repealing local or special acts may be passed :
Nor shall any law be passed granting powers or privileges in any case where the granting of such powers and privileges shall have been provided for by general law, nor where the courts have jurisdiction to grant the same or give the relief asked for.
No local or special bill shall be passed unless notice of the intention to apply therefor shall have been published in the locality where the matter or the thing to be effected may be situated, which notice shall be at least thirty days prior to the introduction into the General Assembly of such bill and in the manner to be provided by law; the evidence of such notice having been published, shall be exhibited in the general Assembly before such act shall be passed.
No bill shall be passed giving any extra compensation to any public officer, servant, employé, agent or contractor, after services shall have been rendered or contract made, nor providing for the payment of any claim against the Commonwealth without previous authority of law.
No law shall extend the term of any public officer, or increase or diminish his salary or emoluments, after his election or appointment.
The general appropriation bill shall embrace nothing but appropriations for the ordinary expenses of the executive, legislative and judicial departments of the Commonwealth, interest on the public debt and for public schools; all other appropriations shall be made by separate bills, each embracing but one subject.
No money shall be paid out of the treasury, except upon appropriations made by law, and on warran drawn by the proper officer in pursuance thereof.
No appropriation shall be made to any charitable or educational institution not under the absolute control of the Commonwealth, other than normal schools established by law for the professional training of teachers for the public schools of the State, except by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each House.
No appropriations, except for pensions or gratuities for military services, shall be made for charitable, educational or benevolent purposes, to any person or community, nor to any denominational or sectarian institution, corporation or association.
The General Assembly may make appropriations of money to institutions wherein the widows of soldiers are supported or assisted, or the orphans of soldiers are maintained and educated; but such appropriation shall be applied exclusively to the support of such widows and orphans.
The General Assembly shall not delegate to any special commission, private corporation or association, any power to make, supervise or interfere with any municipal improvement, money, property or effects, whether held in trust or otherwise, or to levy taxes or perform any municipal function what