Vermont Oath of Office Amendment (1884)

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A Vermont Oath of Office Amendment was on the 1884 ballot in Vermont as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved, becoming Article 27 of the amendments to the Vermont Constitution.

The amendment required an additional oath of members of the Vermont General Assembly, concerning Federal offices of profit or trust.

This language was thereby added to the Vermont Constitution:

The Representatives having met on the day appointed by law for the commencement of a biennial session of the General Assembly, and chosen their Speaker, and the Senators having met, shall, before they proceed to business, take and subscribe the following oath:
"You, , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you did not at the time of your election to this body and that you do not now, hold any office of profit or trust under the authority of Congress. So help you God, (or, in case of an affirmation,) under the pains and penalties of perjury."
The words "office of profit or trust under the authority of Congress," shall be construed to mean any office created directly or indirectly by Congress, or for which emolument is provided from the Treasury of the United States.

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