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A tract of land on Poplar Point, in the town of North-
A tract of land at the north-west point of Block Island.
Sec. 2. The lot of land in the town of Newport and the lot of land in the city of Providence, purchased by the United States, and on which the custom houses in those places stand, together with all the appurtenances of the same, shall, so long as they remain the property of the United States, be exempted from the payment of all state and town taxes.
An Act in relation to the Seal of the State.
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
SECTION 1. There shall continue to be one seal for the public use of the State; the form of an anchor shall be engraven thereon, and the motto thereof shall be the word Hope.
Sec. 2. The secretary of state for the time being shall be keeper of the said seal, and shall affix the same to acts, laws, orders, commissions and certificates, in all cases which are or shall be required by law; and may affix the same, when requested by any person having occasion therefor.
An Act in relation to the Construction of Statutes.
gular and plural numbers.- Mascu-
States.- Town.- Town councils.
Town clerks.—Town sergeants.
cially pleaded-may be repealed, &c.
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
SECTION 1. In the construction of all statutes, the following rules shall be observed, unless the observance of them would lead to a construction inconsistent with the manifest
intent of the general assembly, or repugnant to some other part
of the same statute : First. Every word importing the singular number only, may be construed to extend to and include the plural number also ; and every word importing the plural number only, may be construed to extend to and embrace the singular number also; and every word importing the masculine gender only, may be construed to extend to and embrace females as well as males.
Second. The word “land” or “lands,” and the words “ real estate,” may be construed to include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein.
Third. The words “insane person” shall be construed to include every idiot, non compos, lunatic and distracted person.
Fourth. The word “ oath” shall be construed to include affirmation; the word “sworn” to include affirmed; and the word 66
engaged” both sworn and affirmed. Fifth. The word “person” may be construed to extend to and include bodies corporate and politic.
Sixth. The words - United States” shall be construed to include the several states of this union, the district of Columbia, and the territories to the United States belonging.
Seventh. The word “town” may be construed to include all cities ; the words “ town councils" all boards of aldermen; the words “town clerks” all city clerks; and the words “town sergeants” all city sergeants.
Sec. 2. Every statute which does not expressly prescribe the time when it shall go into operation, shall take effect on the tenth day next after the rising of the general assembly, at the session thereof in which the same shall be passed.
Sec. 3. Every act of incorporation shall be so far deemed a public act, as that the same may be declared on and given in evidence, without specially pleading the same; and all acts of incorporation, hereafter granted, may be amended or repealed at the will of the general assembly; unless express provision be made therein to the contrary.
An Act to regulate the organization of the General Assembly.
SECTION 1. Senate, how organized-join in grand 5. If no member from Newport present,
committee to receive and count votes who to preside at organization of the for general officers.
house, &e. 2. House of representatives, how organi- 6. Vacancies in either house during the zed.
session, how filled. 3. Members not present at first meeting, 7. Form of oath to be administered.
how sworn. 4. Attendance, may be compelled by war
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
SECTION 1. The senators elect shall, on the first Tuesday in May in every year, assemble in the senate chamber, present their certificates of election, and take the oath of office hereinafter prescribed, before the secretary of state, or in his absence, before the attorney general ; after which, if a quorum be present, they shall elect their officers, and shall unite with the house of representatives in grand committee, for the purpose of receiving and counting the votes for general officers and of inducting the persons elected into their respective offices.
SEC. 2. The inembers elect of the house of representatives shall annually assemble in the representatives chamber, on the first Tuesday in May, produce their certificates of election, and take the oath of office hereinafter prescribed, before the secretary of state or the attorney general ; after which, if a quorum be present, they shall organize the house of representatives by the election of a speaker and other officers.
Sec. 3. Senators and representatives not present at the first meeting of the respective houses, shall and may, after presenting their certificates of election, take the oath before referred to, in the presence of the secretary of state, before they shall act in their respective offices.
Sec. 4. The attendance of senators elect and representatives elect and of senators and representatives may be compelled by warrant under the hand of the presiding officer for the time being of the senate or house of representatives, as the case may be, directed to any sheriff or deputy sheriff, which may be executed by such officer in any county.
Sec. 5. If there be no member present in the house of representatives from the town of Newport to preside at the organization of that house, the senior member of the house in continued membership shall preside in such organization.
Sec. 6. If any vacancy shall happen in either house, during any session of the general assembly, the house in which
it occurs may order a new election, and appoint such time therefor and give such notice thereof, as they may deem proper.
SEC. 7. The following shall be the form of oath to be taken by the senators and representatives: You, being chosen to the place of in the general assembly, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will be true and faithful to this state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; that you will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution and laws of this state, and that you will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of your aforesaid office, to the best of your abilities, according to law. So help you God: (or, this affirmation you make and give, upon peril of the penalty of perjury.)
An Act directing the method of passing the Acts of the General
Assembly, and for recording and distributing the same, and for distributing the Laws of the United States.
ed with all other proceedings of the
and distributed once in two years. 2. Laws of the United States, how dis
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
Section 1. Every act that shall be passed by the house of representatives shall, before the same is sent to the senate for concurrence, be transcribed by the clerks of said house, and such copy shall be read to the house of representatives, and be by them approved ; and if the senate shall propose any alteration of such act, and the house shall concur therewith, the same shall again be transcribed, with such alteration, and read and approved as aforesaid. And in case any act shall originate in the senate, the same shall be transcribed, and similar proceedings shall be had thereon, mutatis mutandis, as if such act had originated in the house of representatives; to the intent that a correct copy of every act passed by the general assembly may be deposited in the office of the secretary. It shall be the duty of the secretary for the time being to keep the copies of all acts passed as aforesaid, in his office, and also to record the same, together with all other proceedings of the general assembly, in a book to be kept for that purpose. The secretary shall immediately after the close of each session of the general assembly, cause as many copies
of all the proceedings thereof to be printed, with a suitable index, as he in his discretion may think necessary; and shall send one copy thereof to the governor, one to the lieutenant governor, one to the attorney
general, one to the general treasurer, one to each member of the senate and house of representatives, one to the clerks of the house of representatives, one to the clerk of each court, one to each sheriff and town clerk and town treasurer, one to the adjutant general, one to the librarian of Brown University, one to each of the cabinet keepers of the Rhode Island Historical Society, one to the Providence Athenæum, one to the Redwood Library, and one each to all other chartered libraries in the state, which may apply therefor, and reserve one for himself; which copies, except those of the governor and lieutenant governor, of the members of the senate and house of representatives, shall be kept by the persons aforesaid, and be transmitted by them to their successors in office. The secretary shall, once in two years, or oftener if he see fit, cause to be published in pamphlets, with a proper index, all the public laws that may be hereafter passed, continuing the pages from the last page of this digest, and shall distribute the same in manner aforesaid, with the addition of four copies to the secretary of state of the United States, three copies to the supreme executive of each of the United States, three copies to the library of congress, one copy to the judge of the circuit court of the United States for the first circuit, and one copy to the judge of the district court for the Rhode-Island district, and the residue shall retain in his office, to be at the disposal of the general assembly; and the printer who shall print the acts of the general assembly, shall have a right to print and dispose of as many more copies thereof, for his own benefit, as he shall think fit.
Sec. 2. The copies of the laws of the United States, which may be hereafter transmitted for the use of this State, shall be distributed as follows: one copy to the secretary, one to the attorney general, one to the general treasurer, one to each clerk of the supreme court and court of common pleas, and one to each town clerk ; to be kept as appendages to their offices, and to be delivered over to their successors.