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Menominie river; thence down the centre of the main channel of the same to the centre of the most usual ship channel of the Green Bay of Lake Michigan; thence through the centre of the most usual ship channel of the said bay to the middle of Lake Michigan; thence through the middle of Lake Michigan to the northern boundary of the State of Indiana, as that line was established by the act of Congress of the nineteenth of April, eighteen hundred and sixteen; thence due east with the northern boundary line of the said State of Indiana to the north-east corner thereof; and thence south with the eastern boundary line of Indiana to the place of beginning.



§ 1. The Seat of Government shall be at Lansing, where it is now established.



§ 1. The powers of government are divided into three departments: Lowers of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial.

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§2. No person belonging to one department shall exercise the one depart- powers properly belonging to another, except in the cases expressly

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Legislative department.



§ 1. The legislative power is vested in a Senate and House of Representatives.

Senate. § 2. The Senate shall consist of thirty-two members. Senators shall be elected for two years, and by single districts. Such districts shall be numbered from one to thirty-two inclusive; each of which shall choose one Senator. No county shall be divided in the formation of Senate districts, except such county shall be equitably entitled to two or more Senators.

House of Representatives.

§ 3. The House of Representatives shall consist of not less than sixty-four, nor more than one hundred members. Representatives shall be chosen for two years, and by single districts. Each Representative district shall contain, as nearly as may be, an equal number of white inhabitants, and civilized persons of Indian descent, not

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members of any tribe, and shall consist of convenient and contigu- Representa ous territory. But no township or city shall be divided in the formation of a Representative district. When any township or city shall contain a population which entitles it to more than one Representative, then such township or city shall elect by general ticket the number of Representatives to which it is entitled. Each county hereafter organized, with such territory as may be attached thereto, shall be entitled to a separate Representative when it has attained a population equal to a moiety of the ratio of representation. In every county entitled to more than one Representative, the board of supervisors shall assemble at such time and place as the Legislature shall prescribe, and divide the same into Representative districts, equal to the number of Representatives to which such county is entitled by law, and shall cause to be filed in the offices of the Secretary of State and clerk of such county a description of such Representative districts, specifying the number of each district, and the population thereof, according to the last preceding enumeration.

§ 4. The Legislature shall provide by law for an enumeration of Enumera


the inhabitants in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-four, and tion of in every ten years thereafter, and at the first session after each enumeration so made, and also at the first session after each enumeration by the authority of the United States, the Legislature shall re-arrange the Senate districts and apportion anew the Representatives among the counties and districts, according to the number of white Apportion. inhabitants and civilized persons of Indian descent, not members of tives. any tribe. Each apportionment and the division into Representative districts, by any board of supervisors, shall remain unaltered until

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§ 5. Senators and Representatives shall be citizens of the United States, and qualified electors in the respective counties and dis- Representa tricts which they represent. A removal from their respective counties or districts shall be deemed a vacation of their office. § No person holding any office under the United States [or this Certain offiState,] or any county office, except notaries public, officers of the militia and officers elected by townships, shall be eligible to or have seat in either house of the Legislature; and all votes given for any such person shall be void.


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