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6. When any paper or papers, proper to be acted upon by both houses, shall come before either, the house before which such paper or papers are laid shall, after acting thereupon, lay it or them before the other house.

7. In every case of an amendment of a bill agreed to in one house, and dissented to in the other, if either house shall request a conference and appoint a committee for that purpose, and the other house shall also appoint a committee to confer, such committees shall at a convenient hour, to be agreed upon by their chairmen, meet in the conference chamber and state to each other verbally or in writing, as either shall choose, the reason of their respective houses for and against the amendment, and confer freely thereon, and report to each house their proceedings thereon. A Committee of Conference shall consist of two members from each house. After each house shall have adhered to their disagreement, a bill or resolution shall be lost.

8. In all cases where the Doorkeeper of one house shall, by reason of official engagements, or other causes, be unable to execute the commands or process of the house of which he is an officer, it shall be the duty of the Doorkeeper of the other house to execute such commands, together with such process as may be directed to him by the presiding officer thereof.

9. The following joint standing committees shall be appointed: Committee on Enrolled Bills to consist of three Senators and nine Representatives; Committee on State Library to consist of three Senators and three Representatives; Committee on Joint Rules to consist of three Senators, three Representatives, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

10. All elections of officers to be elected by the General Assembly shall be elected on joint ballot of the two houses, convened for that purpose, at such time and place as shall be agreed to by both houses, and a majority of all the members elected to both houses shall be necessary to an elec.ion. Joint convention shall be held in the hall of the House of Representatives, and shall be presided over by the President of the Senate.

11. ln all joint conventions and meetings of the two houses it shall be incompetent for either house or the members thereof, or the joint convention, to engage in the transaction of any business other than that for which they were assembled.

12. When a message is sent to the Senate or to the House of Representatives it shall be announced at the door by the Doorkeeper, and it shall be respectfully communicated to the Chair by the person by whom sent.

13. Messages shall be sent by such persons as the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House may designate for that purpose.

14. When bills which shall have passed one house are ordered to be printed in the other, a greater number of copies shall not be printed than may be necessary for the use of the house making the order.

15. No spirituous liquors shall be offered for sale or exhibited within the Capitol or on the public grounds adjacent thereto.

16. That when the Governor has informed either branch of the General Assembly that he has signed a bill or joint resolution, or taken any other action affecting both branches of the General Assembly, the branch to which his action is reported shall inform the other branch of the Assembly of the Governor's report.

17. Any amendments to these rules shall be referred to the Committee on Joint Rules.

Constitution of the State of Indiana


To the end that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated: We, the people of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution:



Section 1. We declare that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all power is inherent in the people; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well-being. For the advancement of these ends, the people have at all times an indefeasible right to alter and reform their government

Sec. 2. All men shall be secured in their natural right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.

Sec. 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Sec . 4. No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society or mode of worship; and no man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent.

Sec . 5. No religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office of trust or profit

Sec . 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution.

Sec. 7. No person shall be rendered incompetent as a witness, in consequence of his opinions on matters of religion.

Sec. 8. The mode of administering an oath or affirmation shall be such as may be most consistent with, and binding upon, the conscience of the person to whom such oath or affirmation may be administered.

Sec . 9. No law shall be passed restraining the free interchange of thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever; but for the abuse of that right every person shall be responsible.

Sec . 10. In all prosecutions for libel, the truth of the matters alleged to be libelous may be given in justification.

Sec . 11. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable search or seizure shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.

Sec . 12. All courts shall be open; and every man, for injury done to him, in his person, property or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered freely and without purchase; completely, and without denial; speedily, and without delay.

Sec . 13. In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right to a public trial, by an impartial jury in the county in which the offense shall have been committed; to be heard by himself and counsel; to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and to have a copy thereof; to meet the witnesses face to face, and to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.

Sec . 14. No person shall be put in jeopardy twice for the same offense. No person, in any criminal prosecution, shal' be compelled to testify against himself.

Sec. 15. No person arrested, or confined in Jail, shall be treated with unnecessary rigor.

Sec. 16. Excessive bail shall not be required. Excessive fines shall not be imposed. Cruel and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted. All penalties shall be proportioned to the nature of the offense.

Sec. 17. Offenses, other than murder or treason, shall be bailable by sufficient sureties. Murder or treason shall not be bailable when the proof is evident, or the presumption strong.

Sec. 18. The penal code shall be founded on the principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice.

Sec. 19. In all criminal cases whatever, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts.

Sec. 20. In all civil cases the right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate.

Sec. 21. No man's particular services shall be demanded without just compensation. No man's property shall be taken by law without just compensation; nor, except in case of the State, without such compensation first assessed and tendered.

Sec. 22. The privilege of the debtor to enjoy the necessary comforts of life, shall be recognized by wholesome laws, exempting a reasonable amount of property from seizure or sale for the payment of any debt or liability hereafter contracted; and there shall be no imprisonment for debt, except in case of fraud.

Sec. 23. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.

Sec. 24. No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contract, shall ever be passed.

Sec. 25. No law shall be passed, the taking effect of svhich shall be made to depend upon any authority, except s provided in this Constitution.

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