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11. All officers in the executive department, when required by the Governor, shall give him information, in writing, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices.
12. The Governor shall from time to time, give to the general Assembly information of the condition of the State, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary or expedient.
13. He may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the general Assembly, and, in case of disagreement between the two Houses with respect to the time of adjournment, adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper, not beyond the fourth Monday in the month of November then ensuing.
ARTICLE 3. Sec. 1. The judicial power shall be vested in such superior and inferior courts of law and equity, as the legislature shall, from time to time, direct and establish.
The judges of each shall hold their commissions during good behavior; and judges of the superior courts shall, at stated times, receive a conipensation for their services, which shall neither be increased or diminished during their continuance in office: but they shall receive no fees or perquisites of office, nor hold any other office of profit or trust, under this State, the United States, or any other power.
2. The style of all processes shall be, “the State of South Carolina.” All prosecutions shall be carried on in the name and by the authority of the State of South Carolina, and conclude--"against the peace and dignity of the same.”
ARTICLE 4. All persons who shall be chosen or appointed to any office of profit or trust, before entering on the execution thereof, shall take the following oath: “I do swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified, according to the Constitution of this State, to exercise the office to which I have been appointed, and will, to the best of my abilities, dism
charge the duties thereof, and preserve, protect, and de. fend the Constitution of this State, and of the United States."
ARTICLE 5. Sec. 1. That the House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeaching; but no impeachment shall be made, unless with the concurrence of two-thirds of the House of Representatives.
2. All impeachments shall be tried by the Senate. When sitting for that purpose, the senators shall be on oath or affirmation : and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present.
3. The Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, and all the civil officers, shall be liable to impeachment for any misdemeanor in office; but judgment in such cases shall not extend further than to a removal from office, and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit, under this State. The party convicted shall, nevertheless, be liable to indictment, trial, judgment, and punishment, according to law.
ARTICLE 6. Sec. 1. The judges of the superior courts, the commissioners of the treasury, secretary of the State, and surveyor.general, shall be elected by the joint ballot of both Houses, in the House of Representatives. The commissioners of the treasury, secretary of this State, and sur. veyor-general, shall hold their offices for four years : but shall not be eligible again for four years after the expiration of the time for which they shall have been elected.
2. All other officers shall be appointed as they hitherto have been, until otherwise directed by law; but sheriffs shall hold their offices for four years, and not be again eligible for four years after the term for which they shall have been elected.
3. All commissions shall be in the name and by the authority of the State of South Carolina, and be sealed with the seal of the State, and be signed by the Governor.
ARTICLE 7. All laws in force in this State at the passing of this Constitution, shall so continue until altered or repealed by the legislature : except where they are temporary, in which case they shall expire at times respectively limited for their duration, if not continued by act of the legislature.
ARTICLE 8. Sec. 1. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall, for ever hereafter, be allowed within this State to all mankind : Provided, that the liberty of con. science thereby declared, shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness, or justisy practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of this State.
2. The rights, privileges, immunities, and estates of both civil and religious societies and of corporated bodies, shall remain as if the Constitution of this State had not been altered or amended.
ARTICLE 9. Sec. 1. All power is originally vested in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and are instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness.
2. No freeman of this State shall be taken, or imprisoned, or disseized of his freehold, liberties, or privileges, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any manner destroyed, or. deprived of his life, liberty, or property, but by the judgment of his peers, or by the law of the land : nor shall any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, ever be passed by the legislature of this State. 3. The military shall be subordinate to the civil power.
4. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel punishments inflicted.
5. The legislature shall not grant any title of nobility or hereditary distinction, nor create any office, the appointment to which shall be for any longer time than during good behavior.
6. The trial by jury, as heretofore used in this State. and the liberty of the press, shall be for ever inviolably preserved.
ARTICLE 10. Sec. 1. The business of the treasury shall be in future conducted by two treasurers, one of whom shall hold his office and reside in Columbia ; and the other shall hold his office and reside in Charleston.
2. The secretary of state and surveyor-general shall hold their offices both in Columbia and in Charleston. They shall reside at one place, and their deputies at the other.
3. At the conclusion of the circuits, the judges shall meet and sit at Columbia, for the purpose of hearing and determining all motions which may be made for new trials, and in arrest of judgments, and such points of law as may be submitted to them. From Columbia they shall proceed to Charleston, and there hear and determine all such motions for new trials, and in arrest of judgment, and such points of law as may be submitted to them.
4. The Governor shall always preside, during the sitting of the legislature, at the place where their sessions may be held, and at all other times, wherever, in his opinion, the public good may require.
5. The legislature shall, as soon as may be convenient, pass laws for the abolition of the rights of primogenitures, and for giving an equitable distribution of the real estate of intestates.
ARTICLE 11. No Convention of the people shall be called, unless by the concurrence of two-thirds of both branches of the whole representation.
No part of this Constitution shall be altered, unless a bill to alter the same shall have been read three times in the House of Representatives, and three times in the Senate, and agreed to by two-thirds of both branches of the whole representation ; neither shall any alteration take place until the bill so agreed to be published three months previous to a new election for members to the House of Repre
sentatives ; and if the alteration proposed by the legisla. ture shall be agreed to in their first session by two-thirds of the whole representation in both branches of the legislature, after the same shall have been read three times, on three several days in each House, then, and not other. wise, the same shall become a part of the Constitution. Done in Convention, at Columbia, in the State of
South Carolina, the third day of June, in the year of our Lord 1790, and in the fourteenth year of the
Independence of the United States of America. By the unanimous order of the Convention,
CHARLES PINCKNEY, President.
AMENDMENTS RATIFIED DECEMBER 17, 1808.
The following sections, in amendment of the third, seventh, and ninth sections of the first article of the Constitution of this State, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, valid parts of the said Constitution; and the said third, seventh, and ninth sections, or such parts thereof as are repugnant to such amendments, are hereby repealed and made void.
The House of Representatives shall consist of one hun. dred and twenty-four members, to be apportioned among the several election districts of the State, according to the number of white inhabitants contained, and the amount of all taxes raised by the legislature, whether direct or indirect, or of whatever species, paid in each, deducting therefrom all taxes paid on account of property held in any other district, and adding thereto all taxes elsewhere paid on account of property held in such district. An enumeration of the white inhabitants, for this purpose, shall be made in the year one thousand eight hundred and nine, and in the course of every tenth year thereafter, in such manner as shall be by law directed :