Article 19, Arkansas Constitution

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Article 19 of the Arkansas Constitution is entitled Miscellaneous Provisions. It is numbered in Sections 1-27, although some of the sections are no longer operative, having been repealed.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Atheists Disqualified from Holding Office or Testifying as Witness

No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.[1]

Section 2

Text of Section 2:


No person who may hereafter fight a duel, assist in the same as second, or send, accept, or knowingly carry a challenge therefore, shall hold any office in the State, for a period of ten years; and may be otherwise punished as the law may prescribe.[2]

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Elected or Appointed Officers - Qualifications of an Elector Required

No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.[3]

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Residence of Officers

All civil officers for the State at large shall reside within the State, and all district, county and township officers within their respective districts, counties and townships, and shall keep their offices at such places therein as are now, or may hereafter be required by law.[4]

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Officers - Holding Over

All officers shall continue in office after the expiration of their official terms, until their successors are elected and qualified.[5]

Section 6

Text of Section 6:

Dual Office Holding Prohibited

No person shall hold or perform the duties of more than one office in the same department of the government at the same time, except as expressly directed or permitted by this Constitution.[6]

Section 7

Text of Section 7:

Residence - Temporary Absence Not to Forfeit

Absence on business of the State, or of the United States, or on a visit, or on necessary private business, shall not cause a forfeiture of residence once obtained.[7]

Section 8

Text of Section 8:

Deduction from Salaries

It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to regulate, by law in what cases, and what, deductions from the salaries of public officers shall be made for neglect of duty in their official capacity.[8]

Section 9

Text of Section 9:

Permanent State Offices - Creation Restricted

The General Assembly shall have no power to create any permanent State Office, not expressly provided for by this Constitution.[9]

Section 10

Text of Section 10:

Election returns - State Officers

Returns for all elections, for officers who are to be commissioned by the Governor, and for members of the General Assembly, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, shall be made to the Secretary of State.[10]

Section 11

Text of Section 11:

Salaries of State Officers - Increase or Decrease During Term Prohibited - Fees

The Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney-General, Judges of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Circuit Court, Commissioner of State Lands, and Prosecuting Attorneys, shall each receive a salary to be established by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during their respective terms, nor shall any of them, except the Prosecuting Attorneys, after the adoption of this Constitution, receive to his own use any fees, costs, perquisites of office, or other compensation; and all fees that may hereafter by payable by law, for any service performed by any officer mentioned in this section, except Prosecuting Attorneys, shall be paid in advance into the State Treasury;

Provided, That the salaries of the respective officers herein mentioned shall never exceed per annum:

For Governor, the sum of $4,000
For Secretary of State, the sum of $2,500
For Treasurer of State, the sum of $3,000
For Auditor of State, the sum of $3,000
For Attorney-General, the sum of $2,500
For Commissioner of State Lands, the sum of $2,500
For the Judges of the Supreme Court, each, the sum of $4,000
For Judges of the Circuit Courts, and Chancellors, each, the sum of $3,000
For Prosecuting Attorneys, the sum of $400

And provided further, That the General Assembly shall provide for no increase of salaries of its members which shall take effect before the meeting of the next General Assembly.[11]

Section 12

Text of Section 12:

Receipts and Expenditures to Be Published

An accurate and detailed statement of the receipts and expenditures of the public money, the several amounts paid, to whom and on what account, shall, from time to time, be published as may be prescribed by law.[12]

Section 13

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Section 14

Text of Section 14:


(a) The General Assembly may enact laws to establish, operate, and regulate State lotteries. (b) Lottery proceeds shall be used solely to pay the operating expenses of lotteries, including all prizes, and to fund or provide for scholarships and grants to citizens of this State enrolled in public and private non-profit two-year and four-year colleges and universities located within the State that are certified according to criteria established by the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall establish criteria to determine who is eligible to receive the scholarships and grants pursuant to this Amendment. (c)Lottery proceeds shall not be subject to appropriation by the General Assembly and are specifically declared to be cash funds held in trust separate and apart from the State treasury to be managed and maintained by the General Assembly or an agency or department of the State as determined by the General Assembly. (d) Lottery proceeds remaining after payment of operating expenses and prizes shall supplement, not supplant, non-lottery educational resources. (e) This Amendment does not repeal, supersede, amend or otherwise affect Amendment 84 to the Arkansas Constitution or games of bingo and raffles permitted therein. (f) Except as herein specifically provided, lotteries and the sale of lottery tickets are prohibited.[14]

Section 15

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Section 16

Text of Section 16:

Contracts for Public Buildings or Bridges

All contracts for erecting or repairing public buildings or bridges in any county, or for materials therefore; or for providing for the care and keeping of paupers, where there are no alms-houses, shall be given to the lowest responsible bidder, under such regulations as may be provided by law.[16]

Section 17

Text of Section 17:

Digest of Laws - Publication

The laws of this State, civil and criminal, shall be revised, digested, arranged, published and promulgated at such times and in such manner as the General Assembly may direct.[17]

Section 18

Text of Section 18:

Safety of Miners and Travelers

The General Assembly, by suitable enactments, shall require such appliances and means to be provided and used as may be necessary to secure, as far as possible, the lives, health and safety of persons employed in mining, and of persons traveling upon railroads, and by other public conveyances, and shall provide for enforcing such enactments by adequate pains and penalties.[18]

Section 19

Text of Section 19:

Deaf and Dumb and Blind and Insane Persons

It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to provide by law for the support of institutions for the education of the deaf and dumb, and of the blind; and also for the treatment of the insane.[19]

Section 20

Text of Section 20:

Oath of Office

Senators and Representatives, and all judicial and executive, State and county officers, and all other officers, both civil and military, before entering on the duties of their respective offices, shall take and subscribe to the following oath of affirmation: "I, ________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of ________, upon which I am now about to enter."[20]

Section 21

Text of Section 21:

Sureties on Official Bonds - Qualifications - Bonding Companies

The sureties upon the official bonds of all State Officers shall be residents of, and have sufficient property within the State, not exempt from sale under execution, attachment or other process of any court, to make good their bonds and the sureties upon the official bonds of all county officers shall reside within the counties where such officers reside, and shall have sufficient property therein, not exempt from such sale, to make good their bonds; provided, however, that any surety, bonding or guaranty company, organized for the purpose of doing a surety, or bonding business, and authorized to do business, in this State, may become surety on the bonds of all State, County and Municipal Officers under such regulations as may be prescribed by law. [21]


Section 22

Text of Section 22:

Constitutional Amendments

Either branch of the General Assembly, at a regular session thereof, may propose amendments to this Constitution; and if the same be agreed to by a majority of all members elected to each house, such proposed amendments shall be entered on the journals with the yeas and nays, and published in at least one newspaper in each county, where a newspaper is published, for six months immediately preceding the next general election for Senators and Representatives, at which time the same shall be submitted to the electors of the State, for approval or rejection; and if a majority of the electors voting at such election adopt such amendments, the same shall become a part of this Constitution. But no more than three amendments shall be proposed or submitted at the same time. They shall be so submitted as to enable the electors to vote on each amendment separately.[22]

Section 23

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Section 24

Text of Section 24:

Election contests

The General Assembly shall provide by law the mode of contesting elections in cases not specifically provided for in this Constitution.[24]

Section 25

Text of Section 25:

Seal of state

The present seal of the State shall be and remain the seal of the State of Arkansas until otherwise provided by law, and shall be kept and used as provided in this Constitution.[25]

Section 26

Text of Section 26:

Officers Eligible to Executive or Judicial Office

Militia officers, and officers of the public schools, and Notaries may be elected to fill any executive or judicial office.[26]

Section 27

Text of Section 27:

Local Improvements - Municipal Assessments

Nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to prohibit the General Assembly from authorizing assessments on real property for local improvements, in towns and cities, under such regulations as may be prescribed by law; to be based upon the consent of a majority in value of the property-holders owning property adjoining the locality to be affected; but such assessments shall be ad valorem and uniform.[27]


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