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PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of 1 2 the State of Iowa is proposed: 1 3 1. The first paragraph of the Preamble of the Constitution 1 4 of the State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 1 5 PREAMBLE. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF IOWA, grateful to 1 6 the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and 1 7 feeling our dependence on
Himthe Supreme Being for a 1 8 continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a 1 9 free and independent government, by the name of the State of 1 10 Iowa, the boundaries whereof shall be as follows: 1 11 2. Section 4 of Article I of the Constitution of the State 1 12 of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 1 13 RELIGIOUS TEST WITNESSES. SEC. 4. No religious test 1 14 shall be required as a qualification for any office, or public 1 15 trust, and no person shall be deprived of any of histhe 1 16 person's rights, privileges, or capacities, or disqualified 1 17 from the performance of any of histhe person's public or 1 18 private duties, or rendered incompetent to give evidence in 1 19 any court of law or equity, in consequence of histhe person's 1 20 opinions on the subject of religion; and any party to any 1 21 judicial proceeding shall have the right to use as a witness, 1 22 or take the testimony of, any other person not disqualified on 1 23 account of interest, who may be cognizant of any fact material 1 24 to the case; and parties to suits may be witnesses, as 1 25 provided by law. 1 26 3. Section 7 of Article I of the Constitution of the State 1 27 of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 1 28 LIBERTY OF SPEECH AND PRESS. SEC. 7. Every person may 1 29 speak, write, and publish histhe person's sentiments on all 1 30 subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. No 1 31 law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of 1 32 speech, or of the press. In all prosecutions or indictments 1 33 for libel, the truth may be given in evidence to the jury, and 1 34 if it appears to the jury that the matter charged as libellous 1 35 was true, and was published with good motives and for 2 1 justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted. 2 2 4. Section 10 of Article I of the Constitution of the 2 3 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 2 4 RIGHTS OF PERSONS ACCUSED. SEC. 10. In all criminal 2 5 prosecutions, and in cases involving the life, or liberty of 2 6 an individual the accused shall have a right to a speedy and 2 7 public trial by an impartial jury; to be informed of the 2 8 accusation against himthe accused, to have a copy of the same 2 9 when demanded; to be confronted with the witnesses against him2 10 the accused; to have compulsory process for histhe accused's 2 11 witnesses; and, to have the assistance of counsel. 2 12 5. Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution of the 2 13 State of Iowa, as amended by the Amendment of 1868 and by 2 14 amendment number 2 of the Amendments of 1970, is amended to 2 15 read as follows: 2 16 ELECTORS. SEC. 1. Every citizen of the United States of 2 17 the age of twenty-one years, who shall have been a resident of 2 18 this State for such period of time as shall be provided by law 2 19 and of the County in which hethe person claims histhe 2 20 person's vote for such period of time as shall be provided by 2 21 law, shall be entitled to vote at all elections which are now 2 22 or hereafter may be authorized by law. The General Assembly 2 23 may provide by law for different periods of residence in order 2 24 to vote for various officers or in order to vote in various 2 25 elections. The required periods of residence shall not exceed 2 26 six months in this State and sixty days in the County. 2 27 6. Section 4 of Article III of the Constitution of the 2 28 State of Iowa, as amended by the Amendment of 1880 and the 2 29 Amendment of 1926, is amended to read as follows: 2 30 QUALIFICATIONS. SEC. 4. No person shall be a member of 2 31 the House of Representatives who shall not have attained the 2 32 age of twenty-one years, be a citizen of the United States, 2 33 and shall have been an inhabitant of this State one year next 2 34 preceding histhe person's election, and at the time of his2 35 the person's election shall have had an actual residence of 3 1 sixty days in the County, or District hethe person may have 3 2 been chosen to represent. 3 3 7. Section 10 of Article III of the Constitution of the 3 4 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 3 5 PROTEST RECORD OF VOTE. SEC. 10. Every member of the 3 6 General Assembly shall have the liberty to dissent from, or 3 7 protest against any Act or resolution which hethe member may 3 8 think injurious to the public, or an individual, and have the 3 9 reasons for histhe member's dissent entered on the journals; 3 10 and the yeas and nays of the members of either house, on any 3 11 question, shall, at the desire of any two members present, be 3 12 entered on the journals. 3 13 8. Section 16 of Article III of the Constitution of the 3 14 State of Iowa, as amended by amendment number 4 of the 3 15 Amendments of 1968, is amended to read as follows: 3 16 EXECUTIVE APPROVAL VETO ITEM VETO BY GOVERNOR. SEC. 3 17 16. Every bill which shall have passed the General Assembly, 3 18 shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the Governor. 3 19 If hethe Governor approve, hethe Governor shall sign it; but 3 20 if not, hethe Governor shall return it with histhe 3 21 Governor's objections, to the house in which it originated, 3 22 which shall enter the same upon theirits journal, and proceed 3 23 to re-considerreconsider it; if, after such re-consideration3 24 reconsideration, it again passpasses both houses, by yeas and 3 25 nays, by a majority of two thirds of the members of each 3 26 house, it shall become a law, notwithstanding the Governor's 3 27 objections. If any bill shall not be returned within three 3 28 days after it shall have been presented to himthe Governor, 3 29 Sunday excepted, the same shall be a law in like manner as if 3 30 hethe Governor had signed it, unless the General Assembly, by 3 31 adjournment, preventprevents such return. Any bill submitted 3 32 to the Governor for histhe Governor's approval during the 3 33 last three days of a session of the General Assembly, shall be 3 34 deposited by himthe Governor in the office of the Secretary 3 35 of State, within thirty days after the adjournment, with his4 1 the Governor's approval, if approved by himthe Governor, and 4 2 with histhe Governor's objections, if hethe Governor 4 3 disapproves thereof. 4 4 The Governor may approve appropriation bills in whole or in 4 5 part, and may disapprove any item of an appropriation bill; 4 6 and the part approved shall become a law. Any item of an 4 7 appropriation bill disapproved by the Governor shall be 4 8 returned, with histhe Governor's objections, to the house in 4 9 which it originated, or shall be deposited by himthe Governor 4 10 in the office of the Secretary of State in the case of an 4 11 appropriation bill submitted to the Governor for histhe 4 12 Governor's approval during the last three days of a session of 4 13 the General Assembly, and the procedure in each case shall be 4 14 the same as provided for other bills. Any such item of an 4 15 appropriation bill may be enacted into law notwithstanding the 4 16 Governor's objections, in the same manner as provided for 4 17 other bills. 4 18 9. Section 21 of Article III of the Constitution of the 4 19 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 4 20 MEMBERS NOT APPOINTED TO OFFICE. SEC. 21. No senator or 4 21 representative shall, during the time for which hethe senator 4 22 or representative shall have been elected, be appointed to any 4 23 civil office of profit under this State, which shall have been 4 24 created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased 4 25 during such term, except such offices as may be filled by 4 26 elections by the people. 4 27 10. Section 23 of Article III of the Constitution of the 4 28 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 4 29 FAILURE TO ACCOUNT. SEC. 23. No person who may hereafter 4 30 be a collector or holder of public monies, shall have a seat 4 31 in either House of the General Assembly, or be eligible to 4 32 hold any office of trust or profit in this State, until hethe 4 33 person shall have accounted for and paid into the treasury all 4 34 sums for which hethe person may be liable. 4 35 11. Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 5 1 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 5 2 DUTIES OF GOVERNOR. SEC. 8. HeThe Governor shall 5 3 transact all executive business with the officers of 5 4 government, civil and military, and may require information in 5 5 writing from the officers of the executive department upon any 5 6 subject relating to the duties of their respective offices. 5 7 12. Section 9 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 5 8 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 5 9 EXECUTION OF LAWS. SEC. 9. HeThe Governor shall take 5 10 care that the laws are faithfully executed. 5 11 13. Section 11 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 5 12 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 5 13 CONVENING GENERAL ASSEMBLY. SEC. 11. HeThe Governor may, 5 14 on extraordinary occasions, convene the General Assembly by 5 15 proclamation, and shall state to both Houses, when assembled, 5 16 the purpose for which they shall have been convened. 5 17 14. Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 5 18 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 5 19 MESSAGE. SEC. 12. HeThe Governor shall communicate, by 5 20 message, to the General Assembly, at every regular session, 5 21 the condition of the State, and recommend such matters as he5 22 the Governor shall deem expedient. 5 23 15. Section 13 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 5 24 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 5 25 ADJOURNMENT. SEC. 13. In case of disagreement between the 5 26 two Houses with respect to the time of adjournment, the 5 27 Governor shall have power to adjourn the General Assembly to 5 28 such time as hethe Governor may think proper; but no such 5 29 adjournment shall be beyond the time fixed for the regular 5 30 meeting of the next General Assembly. 5 31 16. Section 16 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 5 32 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 5 33 PARDONS REPRIEVES COMMUTATIONS. SEC. 16. The 5 34 Governor shall have power to grant reprieves, commutations and 5 35 pardons, after conviction, for all offencesoffenses except 6 1 treason and cases of impeachment, subject to such regulations 6 2 as may be provided by law. Upon conviction for treason, he6 3 the Governor shall have power to suspend the execution of the 6 4 sentence until the case shall be reported to the General 6 5 Assembly at its next meeting, when the General Assembly shall 6 6 either grant a pardon, commute the sentence, direct the 6 7 execution of the sentence, or grant a further reprieve. He6 8 The Governor shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, 6 9 under such regulations as may be prescribed by law; and shall 6 10 report to the General Assembly, at its next meeting, each case 6 11 of reprieve, commutation, or pardon granted, and the reasons 6 12 therefor; and also all persons in whose favor remission of 6 13 fines and forfeitures shall have been made, and the several 6 14 amounts remitted. 6 15 17. Section 17 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 6 16 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 6 17 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO ACT AS GOVERNOR. SEC. 17. In case 6 18 of the death, impeachment, resignation, removal from office, 6 19 or other disability of the Governor, the powers and duties of 6 20 the office for the residue of the term, or until hethe 6 21 Governor shall be acquitted, or the disability removed, shall 6 22 devolve upon the Lieutenant Governor. 6 23 18. Section 20 of Article IV of the Constitution of the 6 24 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 6 25 SEAL OF STATE. SEC. 20. There shall be a seal of this 6 26 State, which shall be kept by the Governor, and used by him6 27 the Governor officially, and shall be called the Great Seal of 6 28 the State of Iowa. 6 29 19. Section 12 of Article V of the Constitution of the 6 30 State of Iowa, as amended by amendment number 1 of the 6 31 Amendments of 1972, is amended to read as follows: 6 32 ATTORNEY GENERAL. SEC. 12. The General Assembly shall 6 33 provide, by law, for the election of an Attorney General by 6 34 the people, whose term of office shall be four years, and 6 35 until histhe Attorney General's successor is elected and 7 1 qualifies. 7 2 20. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of section 16 of Article V of the 7 3 Constitution of the State of Iowa, as added by the Amendment 7 4 of 1962, are amended to read as follows: 7 5 There shall be a State Judicial Nominating Commission. 7 6 Such Commission shall make nominations to fill vacancies in 7 7 the Supreme Court. Until July 4, 1973, and thereafter unless 7 8 otherwise provided by law, the State Judicial Nominating 7 9 Commission shall be composed and selected as follows: There 7 10 shall be not less than three nor more than eight appointive 7 11 members, as provided by law, and an equal number of elective 7 12 members on such Commission, all of whom shall be electors of 7 13 the State. The appointive members shall be appointed by the 7 14 Governor subject to confirmation by the Senate. The elective 7 15 members shall be elected by the resident members of the bar of 7 16 the State. The judge of the Supreme Court who is senior in 7 17 length of service on said Court, other than the Chief Justice, 7 18 shall also be a member of such Commission and shall be its 7 19 chairmanchairperson. 7 20 There shall be a District Judicial Nominating Commission in 7 21 each judicial district of the State. Such commissions shall 7 22 make nominations to fill vacancies in the District Court 7 23 within their respective districts. Until July 4, 1973, and 7 24 thereafter unless otherwise provided by law, District Judicial 7 25 Nominating Commissions shall be composed and selected as 7 26 follows: There shall be not less than three nor more than six 7 27 appointive members, as provided by law, and an equal number of 7 28 elective members on each such commission, all of whom shall be 7 29 electors of the district. The appointive members shall be 7 30 appointed by the Governor. The elective members shall be 7 31 elected by the resident members of the bar of the district. 7 32 The district judge of such district who is senior in length of 7 33 service shall also be a member of such commission and shall be 7 34 its chairmanchairperson. 7 35 21. Section 1 of Article VI of the Constitution of the 8 1 State of Iowa, as amended by the Amendment of 1868, is amended 8 2 to read as follows: 8 3 COMPOSITION TRAINING. SECTION 1. The militia of this 8 4 State shall be composed of all able-bodied malecitizens, 8 5 between the ages of eighteen and forty fiveforty-five years, 8 6 except such as are or may hereafter be exempt by the laws of 8 7 the United States, or of this State, and shall be armed, 8 8 equipped, and trained, as the General Assembly may provide by 8 9 law. 8 10 22. Section 9 of Article VIII of the Constitution of the 8 11 State of Iowa is amended to read as follows: 8 12 STOCKHOLDERS' RESPONSIBILITY. SEC. 9. Every stockholder 8 13 in a banking corporation or institution shall be individually 8 14 responsible and liable to its creditors, over and above the 8 15 amount of stock by him or herheld by the stockholder, to an 8 16 amount equal to his or herthe stockholder's respective shares 8 17 so held for all of its liabilities, accruing while he or she8 18 the stockholder remains such stockholder. 8 19 Sec. 2. The foregoing amendment to the Constitution of the 8 20 State of Iowa is referred to the General Assembly to be chosen 8 21 at the next general election for members of the General 8 22 Assembly, and the Secretary of State is directed to cause the 8 23 same to be published for three consecutive months previous to 8 24 the date of that election as provided by law. 8 25 EXPLANATION 8 26 This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the 8 27 Constitution of the State of Iowa to make all references to 8 28 persons or officers gender neutral. The resolution, if 8 29 adopted, would be referred to the next general assembly before 8 30 being submitted to the electorate for ratification. 8 31 LSB 1006HH 78 8 32 pf/sc/14.1
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