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An Act in relation to the Secretary of State.
SECTION 1 Secretary may appoint a deputy-de- 3. Number of commissions issued, to be
puty to be sworn-duties of secreta- returned to general treasurer.
ry, answerable for his neglect. 4. Secretary's salary. 2. Public letters to be registered. It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
Section 1. It shall and may be lawful for the secretary of state, by writing, to appoint a deputy under him, who being duly sworn before the governor, lieutenant governor or one of the senators or some judge of a court of record, for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office, is hereby authorized and empowered to act and do, in the absence of the secretary of state, all things by law required of him, as fully and amply, and to all intents and purposes, as the secretary himself might or could do; and the secretary shall be responsible and liable in law for all and every misconduct, neglect or default of such deputy.
Sec. 2 It shall be the duty of the secretary, to register all letters sent from this state, in a book for that purpose, and also all such public letters as shall be sent to this state from the secretary of state of the United States or other person or officers, in another book to be kept for that purpose.
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the secretary to make return to the general treasurer, on or before the first Monday of October annually, of the number of commissions issued, and to whom by him delivered, on which a tax of one dollar each is payable into the general treasury.
Sec. 4. The secretary of state shall receive as a salary the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars per year, to be paid him quarterly out of the general treasury.
An Act in relation to the Attorney General. Attorney general to attend the general assembly and courts ; duties of. It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :
Section 1. The attorney general shall give his attendance at the general assembly, and at the supreme court, and courts of common pleas, for the service thereof: and shall give unto such courts, due advice and information, concerning any criminal matters, breaches of the peace, or wrong done to the state, or any of the citizens thereof, that shall come to his knowledge; and draw and present to such courts, all informations and indictments, or other legal process, against any such offenders, as by law is required, and diligently, by a due course of law, prosecute the same to final judgment and execution.
An Act in relation to the General Treasurer.
SECTION 1. General treasurer to give bond.
in May, of receipts, &c., for the whole 2. General treasurer to present semi-an- year preceding; school fund.
nual report of receipts and expendi- 7. No money paid out of the treasury untures.
less by order of the general assembly, 3. General treasurer to classify receipts,
except, &c. &c., in a tabular statement.
8. Treasurer to deposite funds in bank. 4. Same subject.
9. Claims against the state, to be present5. General treasurer to report all sums ed to treasurer for examination, &c.
due from any persons, &c., under the 10. Treasurer shall establish rules, &c. revenue laws.
for the presentation of claims. 6. General treasurer to present statement | 11. Treasurer's salary.
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. The general treasurer shall, previous to entering on the duties of his office, give bond to this state, with sufficient sureties, to the satisfaction of the governor, in the sum of forty thousand dollars, for the true and faithful discharge of the duties of his said office; which bond shall be deposited with, and kept by the secretary of state.
Sec. 2. The general treasurer shall present to the general assembly at their May and October sessions in every year, a particular account of receipts and expenditures of public money, from what sources the state revenue shall have been derived, and what amount thereof from each source; and what amount from each town and the citizens and corporations thereof, and on what account; putting the towns and citizens and corporations thereof in each county by themselves. And also how, and for what purposes the money in the state treasury shall have been applied or expended : and what amount in each county, and for what purposes. And he shall at the close of his report, furnish a general summary of receipts, expenditures and balances transferred and on hand during the preceding six months.
Sec. 3. In the tabular statement accompanying the semiannual reports of the general treasurer, exhibiting the receipts and expenditures by towns and counties, he shall classify the expenditures of the state under the following heads, as nearly as can be done.
C. Pay of representatives.
D. Courts.—Specifying the amount paid in each of the courts for the following purposes: 1. Attorney general. 2. Jurors. 3. Witnesses. 4. Clerks. 5. Officers. 6. Other costs, waiters and incidental expenses.
E. Orders of the governor.
H. Accounts allowed by the assembly under the following heads : 1. Repairs, furniture, &c. of state prison. 2. Do. of court houses. " 3. Do. of jails. 4. Do. of bridges. 5. Do. of other public works. 6. Expenses incurred by or on account of any bank commissioners. 7. Boundary law suit. 8. Printing. 9. Clerks, officers and incidental expenses of assembly. 10. Accounts allowed to jailers. 11. To justices. 12. To witnesses. 13. To officers for services in criminal cases. 14. Militia and military affairs. 15. Indian tribe. 16. Miscellaneous.
Sec. 4. In the account of moneys received from the different courts he shall state separately, the amounts received from the following sources: 1. Entries. 2. Jury fees. 3. Other costs. 4. Taxes on clerks' fees. 5. Fines. 6. Miscellaneous.
Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the general treasurer, to connect with each of his semi-annual reports, a report of all such sums of money as within his knowledge shall be due to the state, from any persons, corporations or towns, by virtue of any of the revenue laws; and what amount from each. And also to report all such breaches or want of enforcement of the license, or any other of the revenue laws of the state, by any persons or towns, as shall come to his knowledge, or as may in his opinion exist, whereby the state may be defrauded of any of its revenue.
Sec. 6. The general treasurer shall present with his semiannual report, at every May session, in addition to the statements now or herein before required, a statement of the receipts and expenditures for the whole of the preceding year, classified according to law. He shall also report at every May session, the receipts and expenditures on account of schools and school fund, under appropriate heads, together with the state and amount of said fund, and how the same is invested. He shall also, in his semi-annual reports, state any other expenses particularly, under such heads as he may deem necessary, for the better information of the general assembly.
Sec. 7. No money shall be paid out of the general treasury to any person, unless he produces an order therefor, from
the general assembly, certified by the secretary: Provided, nevertheless, that the governor for the time being shall have power to draw upon the general treasury, for payment for any particular services or expenses of a public nature, to the amount of twenty dollars at any one time; and provided also, that all accounts passed by the supreme court, or either of the courts of common pleas, in favor of those who have in said courts obtained allowances for services rendered in bringing criminals to justice, and for other incidental expenses, and also all certificates for any witnesses', officers' or jurors' attendance on said court according to law, shall be paid by the general treasurer, on the certificate of the clerk of said court.
SEC. 8. It shall be the duty of the general treasurer to deposite, subject to his order for the use of the state, all the funds of the state in his hands, or which may hereafter be received by him, in such safe and responsible bank, either in Newport or Providence, as will give the greatest rate of interest for the money so deposited.
Sec. 9. Any person having any claim or demand against the state, shall present the same in writing to the general treasurer, four weeks before the session of the general assembly, at which the same is to be acted on; and the general treasurer shall examine the same, and endorse thereon his recommendation or disapproval thereof, and transmit the same to the speaker of the house of representatives, at the next ensuing session of the assembly. After being acted upon by the assembly, the same shall be returned by the secretary of state to the general treasurer, to be by him kept on file in his office.
Sec. 10. The general treasurer may and shall make and publish, from time to time, such rules and regulations respecting the manner in which said claims and demands are to be made out and certified, as he shall deem necessary ; which rules and regulations shall remain in force until altered by the general treasurer, or the general assembly.
Sec. 11. The salary of the general treasurer shall be five hundred dollars per year, payable quarterly out of the general treasury
An Act relative to Senators and Representatives to represent this
State in Congress, and of Electors for the election of President and Vice President of the United States.
SECTION 1. Senators in congress to be elected by 6. Votes given at such elections, when to
general assembly in grand committee. be returned. 2. Election to be at stated session, next 7. In case of a vacancy, election to be
preceding the expiration of term of conducted in same manner. service of the senators for the time 8. Electors of president, when and how being.
to be chosen. 3. State divided into two congressional 9. Electors to meet at Bristol, to give districts.
their votes for president and vice-pre4. What towns compose each of said dis- sident. tricts.
10. Electors empowered to fill vacancies 5. Elections of representatives to con- when met.
gress, when to be holden.
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
SECTION 1. Senators of this state in the congress of the United States, shall be elected agreeably to the usage and constitution thereof, in the choice of state officers, by the general assembly in grand committee, and not in separate houses.
Sec. 2. Except in cases provided for by the second paragraph of the third section of the first article of the constitution of the United States, senators of this state shall not be elected before the stated session of the general assembly next preceding the expiration of the term of service of the senators for the time being.
Sec. 3. This state shall be divided into two districts for the election of representatives to the congress of the United States, to be called the eastern and western districts; and the qualified electors residing in each of said districts shall be entitled, at the times and places, and in the manner herein after provided, to elect a representative to the congress of the United States, for the district in which they reside.
Sec. 4. The eastern district shall consist and be composed of the territory in the following towns, to wit: Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton, Bristol, Warren, Barrington, North Providence, Smithfield and Cumberland, and the city of Providence.
The western district shall consist and be composed of the territory embraced within the following towns, to wit: New Shoreham, Westerly, South-Kingstown, North-Kingstown, Charlestown, Exeter, Richmond, Hopkinton, Jamestown, EastGreenwich, West-Greenwich, Warwick, Coventry, Cranston, Johnston, Scituate, Foster, Glocester and Burrillville.
Sec. 5. The first election of representatives after the passage of this act shall be on the first Wednesday in April, A. D.