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The history of Columbia County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and constitution and of the constitution of the United States
(1880)

Constitution of the United States: condensed,   pp. 297-305 PDF (3.9 MB)


Page 298


HISTORY OF WISCONSIIN.
     The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers,
and shall have
 the sole power of impeachment.
     SEC. 3. The Senate shall be composed of two Senators from each State,
chosen by the
 Legislature thereof for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.
      Senators shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes immediately
after assem-
 bling, in consequence of the first election. The first class shall. vacate
their seats at the expira-
 tion of the second year; the second class, at the expiration of the fourth
year, and the third
 class, at the expiration of the sixth year, so that one-third may be chosen
every second year;
 and vacancies happening by resignation or otherwise during the recess of
the Legislature of any
 State may be filled by temporary appointments of the Executive until the
next meeting of the
 Legislature.
     All Senators shall have attained'the age of thirty years, and shall
have been nine years
 citizens of the United States, and shall be inhabitants of the State for
which they shall be
 chosen.
     The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate,
but shall have
 no vote, unless they be equally divided.
     The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro
tempore, in the
absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the office of President,
     The Senate shall have the sole power to try impeachments. When sitting
for that purpose,
 they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President is tried, the Chief
Justice shall pre-
 side, and concurrence of two-thirds of the members present shall be necessary
to conviction.
     Judgment in cases of impeachment shall be limited to removal from office
and disqualifica-
tion to hold any office under the United States; but the party convicted
shall be liable to trial
and punishment according to law.
     SEC. 4. The Legislature of each State shall prescribe the times, places
and manner of
 holding elections for Senators and Representatives, but Congress may make
or alter such regu-
 lations, except as to the place of choosing Senators.
     Congress shall assemble annually, on the first Monday in December, unless
a different day
 be appointed.
     SEC. 5. Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and
qualifications of its
own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business;
but a smaller
number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel attendance of absent members,
under
penalties.
     Each House may determine its own rules of proceeding, punish its members,
and, by a two-
thirds vote, expel a member.
     Each House shall keep a journal, which shall be published at their discretion,
and one-fifth
of those present may require the yeas and nays to be entered on the journal.
     Neither House shall adjourn for more than three days without the consent
of the other,
nor to any other place than that in which they are sitting.
     SEC. 6. The compensation of Senators and Representatives shall be fixed
by law, and
paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall be privileged from
arrest during
attendance at the session of their respective Houses, except for treason,
felony and breach of
the peace, and shall not be questioned in any other place for any speech
or debate in either
House.
     No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was
elected, be appointed
to any civil office under the United States which shall have been created
or the emoluments
whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no person holding
office under the
United States shall be a member of either House during his continuance in
office.
     SEC. 7. All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of
Representatives, but
may be amended by the Senate.
     Every bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate shall,
before it becomes
a law, be presented to the President; if he approve, he shall sign it; hut
if not, he shall return
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