Article XV, Rhode Island Constitution

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Article XV of the Rhode Island Constitution is entitled General Transition and consists of four sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Rights and Duties of Public Bodies Unaffected -- Continuation of Laws, Ordinances, Regulations and Rules

The rights and duties of all public bodies shall remain as if this constitution had not been adopted with the exception of such changes as are contained in this constitution. All laws, ordinances, regulations and rules of court not contrary to, or inconsistent with, the provisions of this constitution shall remain in force, until they shall expire by their own limitation or shall be altered or repealed pursuant to this constitution.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Validity of Bonds, Debts, Contracts, Suits, Actions, and Rights of Actions Continued

The validity of all public and private bonds, debts and contracts, and of all suits, actions, and rights of action, shall continue as if no change had taken place.

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Continuation of Office Holders

All officers filling any office by election or appointment shall continue the duties thereof, until the end of the terms to which they were appointed or elected, and until their offices shall have been abolished or their successors elected and qualified in accordance with this constitution or laws enacted pursuant thereto.

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Implementing Legislation for Article III, Sections 7 and 8, and Article IV, Section 10

On or before June 1, 1988, the general assembly shall adopt implementing legislation for article III, sections 7 and 8, and for article IV, section 10.

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