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The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [221]-[252] PDF (11.1 MB)

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230                   WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
  Uniform town and county government. Section 23. The legislature shall
establish but one system of town and county government, which shall
be as nearly uniform as practicable.
  Lotteries and divorces. Section 24. The legislature shall never au-
thorize any lottery, or grant any divorce.
  Stationery and printing. Section 25. The legislature shall provide by
law that all stationery required for the use of the state, and all printing
authorized and required by them to be done for their use, or for the
state, shall be let by contract to the lowest bidder, but the legislature
may establish a maximum price, no member of the legislature or other
state officer shall be interested, either directly or indirectly, in any
  Extra compensation; salary change. Section 26. The legislature shall
never grant any extra compensation to any public officer, agent, servant
or contractor, after the services shall have been rendered or the contract
entered into; nor shall the compensation of any public officer be in-
creased or diminished during his term of office. (See end of Constitution.)
  Suits against state. Section 27. The legislature shall direct by law in
what manner and in what courts suits may be brought against the state.
  Oath of office. Section 28. Members of the legislature and all officers,
executive and judicial, except such inferior officers as may be by law
exempted, shall, before they enter upon the duties of their respective
offices, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation to support the constitu-
tion of the United States and the constitution of the state of Wisconsin,
and faithfully to discharge the duties of their respective offices to the
best of their ability.
  Militia. Section 29. The legislature shall determine what persons shall
constitute the militia of the state, and may provide for organizing and
disciplining the same in such manner as shall be prescribed by law.
   Elections by legislature. Section 30. In all elections to be made by the
 legislature the members thereof shall vote viva voce, and their votes
 shall be entered on the journal.
   Special legislation prohibited. Section 31. The legislature is prohibited
 from enacting any special or private laws in the following cases: 1st.
 For changing the name of persons or constituting one person the heir at
 law of another. 2d. For laying out, opening or altering highways, except
 in cases of state roads extending into more than one county, and military
 roads to aid in the construction of which lands may be granted by con-
 gress. 3rd. For authorizing persons to keep ferries across streams at
 points wholly within this state. 4th. For authorizing the sale or mort-
 gage of real or personal property of minors or others under disability.
 5th. For locating or changing any county seat. 6th. For assessment or
 collection of taxes or for extending the time for the collection thereof.
 7th. For granting corporate powers or privileges, except to cities. 8th.
 For authorizing the apportionment of any part of the school fund. 9th.
 For incorporating any city, town or village, or to amend the charter
   General laws on enumerated subjects. Section 32. The legislature shall
 provide general laws for the transaction of any business that may be
 prohibited by section thirty-one of this article, and all such laws shall
 be uniform in their operation throughout the state.
   Auditing of state accounts. Section 33. The legislature shall provide
 for the auditing of state accounts and may establish such offices and
 prescribe such duties for the same as it shall deem necessary.
                               ARTICLE V
   Governor, lieutenant governor; term. Section 1. The executive power
 shall be vested in a governor, who shall hold his office for two years;
 lieutenant governor shall be elected at the same time and for the same

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