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Constitution of the State of Coahuila and Texas (1827)

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TITLE VII.

SOLE SECTION.

Observance of the Constitution.

ART. 218. The observance of the constitution in all its parts shall be one of the first and most sacred duties of the inhabitants of the state of Coahuila and Texas, and neither congress or any other authority can exempt them therefrom; and every coahuil-texano may demand said observance, acting forth with that view to congress or the executive.

ART. 219. For any violation of the constitution whatever, the person who committed it shall be personally responsible. In order to render said responsibility effective congress shall dictate the laws and decrees it thinks conducive to that end; and furthermore, every year in its first sessions, take under deliberation the infringements manifested to the same by the permanent deputation and executive council, and adopt the proper resolution thereon.

ART. 220. The public functionaries of the state, of whatever class, shall make oath, on entering in possession of office, to observe, support and defend the constitutive act, the constitution of the republic, and that of the state, and fully and faithfully to discharge the duties of their office.

ART. 221. Propositions upon amendment, alteration, or repeal of any one or more of its articles, shall be made in writing, and supported and sighed by one-third of the deputies.

ART. 222. The congress in whose time any of the said propositions are made shall make no further provision, during the two years of its sessions, than for the reading and printing of the same, with the original reasons with which they are supported.

ART. 223. The congress following shall receive the propositions for discussion, or reject them--and if accepted, they shall again be printed, and circulated by the executive to be read in the proximate electoral juntas previous to electing the deputies to congress.

ART. 224. The alterations, amendments or repeals proposed shall be discussed in the congress that follows, and should they be approved, they shall be immediately published as constitutional articles.

ART. 225. For the amendments, alterations, and repeals indicated, besides the rules prescribed in the foregoing articles, all those provided for forming and repealing laws, shall be observed, with the exception of the right of making observations granted the governor, which shall not be conceded in these cases.

Given in Saltillo, on the 11th of March, 1827.

SANTIAGO del VALLE, President.
JUAN Y. CAMPOS, Vice President.
RAFAEL R. VALDES.
JOSE M. VIESCA.
F. A. GUTIERREZ.
JOSE J. de A. ROSALES.
MARIANO VARELA.
JOSE M. VALDES y GUAJARDO.
JOSE C. RAMOS, D. S.
DIONICIO ELIZONDO, D. S.
Wherefore, I command it to be printed, published, circulated, and duly fulfilled.
JOSE IGNACIO ARISPE.
JUAN ANTONIO PADILLA, Secretary.