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and in no case shall any consolidation take place except upon public notice of at least sixty days to all stockholders in such manner as may be provided by law.
SEC. 4. Railways heretofore constructed, or ... that may hereafter be constructed in this state,
are hereby declared public highways, and shall be free to all persons for the transportation of their persons and property thereon, under such regulations as may be prescribed by law. And the legislature may from time to time pass laws establishing reasonable maximum rates of charges for the transportation of passengers and freight on the different railroads in this state. The liability of railroad corporations as common carriers shall never be limited.
SEC. 5. No railroad corporation shall issue."
any stock or bonds, except for money,
strued or abridged as to prevent the taking, by the legislature, of the property and franchises of incorporated companies already organized or hereafter to be organized, and subjecting them to the public necessity, the same as of individuals.
- - - Eminent doright of eminent domain shall never be so con- main.
*:::::::::: SEc. 7. The legislature shall pass laws to law. correct abuses, and prevent unjust discrimination and extortion in all charges of express, telegraph, and railroad companies in this state, and enforce such laws by adequate penalties to the extent, if necessary for that purpose, of forfeiture of their property and franchises. Railroadsor. SEC. 8. No railroad corporation, organized *... under the laws of any other state, or of the United States, and doing business in this state, shall be entitled to exercise the right of eminent domain, or have power to acquire the right of way, or real estate for depot or other uses, until it shall have become a body corporate pursuant to and in accordance with the
laws of this state.
ARTICLE [XII.]—MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.
;" SECTION 1. No city, county, town, precinct, municipality, or other subdivision of the state, shall ever become a subscriber to the capital stock, or owner of such stock, or any portion or interest therein, of any railroad or private corporation, or association.
ARTICLE [XIII.]—MISCELLANEOUS CORPORATIONS.
Ho SECTON 1. No corporation shall be created eral law. by special law, nor its charter extended, changed, or amended, except those for charitable, educational, penal, or reformatory purposes, which are to be and remain under the patronage and control of the state, but the legislature shall provide by general laws for the organization of
all corporations hereafter to be created. All
general laws passed pursuant to this section may be altered from time to time, or repealed. (5 Neb., 126,427; 8 Neb., 179, 518.) SEC. 2. No such general law shall be passed *...*. by the legislature granting the right to con-railroads. struct and operate a street railroad within any city, town, or incorporated village, without first requiring the consent of a majority of the electors thereof. - - SEC. 3. All corporations may sue and be sued in like cases as natural persons. SEC. 4. In all cases of claims against corpo-ol... t. rations and joint stock associations, the exact “ amount justly due shall be first ascertained, and after the corporate property shall have been exhausted, the original subscribers thereof shall be individually liable to the extent of their unpaid subscription, and the liability for the unpaid subscription shall follow the stock. (8 Neb., 118.) SEC. 5. The legislature shall provide by law;" how that in all elections for directors or managers of incorporated companies, every stockholder shall [have] the right to vote in person or proxy for the number of shares of stock owned by him, for as many persons as there are directors or managers to be elected, or to cumulate said shares and give one candidate as many votes as the number of directors multiplied by the number of his shares of stock shall equal, Or to distribute them upon the same principle among as many candidates as he shall think fit; and such directors or managers shall not be elected in any other manner.
Liability of stockholders in banks.
Bonds of the state.
Donations by cities, etc., to aid in works of
Sec. 6. All existing charters or grants of special or exclusive privileges under which Organization shall not have taken place, or which shall not be in operation within sixty days from the time this constitution takes effect, shall thereafter have no validity or effect what€Ver. *
SEC. 7. Every stockholder in a banking corporation or institution shall be individually responsible and liable to its creditors, over and above the amount of stock by him held, to an amount equal to his respective stock or shares so held, for all its liabilities accruing while he remains such stockholder; and all banking corporations shall publish quarterly statements, under oath, of their assets and liabilities.
ARTICLE [XIV.]—STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL IN-
SECTION 1. The state may, to meet casual deficits or failures in the revenues, contract debts never to exceed in the aggregate one hundred thousand dollars; and no greater indebtedness shall be incurred except for the purpose of repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, or defending the state in war; and provision shall be made for the payment of the interest annually, as it shall accrue, by a tax levied for the purpose, or from other sources of revenue, which law providing for the payment of such interest by such tax shall be irrepealable until such debt be baid. (2 Neb., 399.)
SEC. 2. No city, county, town, precinct, municipality, or other subdivision of the state, shall
ever make donations to any railroad or other works of internal improvement, unless a proposition so to do shall have been first submitted to the qualified electors thereof at an election by authority of law: Provided, That such donations of a county with the donations of such Subdivisions in the aggregate shall not exceed ten per cent of the assessed valuation of such county; Provided further, That any city or county may, by a two-thirds vote, increase such indebtedness five per cent, in addition to such ten per cent, and no bonds or evidences of indebtedness so issued shall be valid unless the same shall have endorsed thereon a certificate signed by the secretary and auditor of state, showing that the same is issued pursuant to law. (2 Neb., 423; 6 Neb., 215; 7 Neb., 310; 12 Neb., 129, 185; 14 Neb., 283.) SEc. 3. The credit of the state shall never ot be given or loaned in aid of any individual,"asSociation or corporation.
SECTION 1. The legislature shall determine Militia. What persons shall constitute the militia of the the state, and may provide for organizing and disciplining the same.
ARTICLE [XVI.]—MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
SECTION 1. Executive and judicial officers o: and members of the legislature, before they enter upon their official duties, shall take and Subscribe the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will sun