Thirteen censors chosen septennially were empowered to suggest amendments and to call a convention to pass upon them.
The censors, being elected on a general ticket, were always more progressive than the convention, which was chosen on the principle of equal township representation.
Propositions to establish the judiciary on a more permanent tenure were also voted down in 1814, 1822, 1857 and 1870, and the state still elects its judges for two years' terms. On its own suggestion, the council of censors was abolished in 1870 and the present method of amending the constitution was adopted.
Meader, The Council of Censors (Providence, 1899); F.
The pope appointed censors for both translations, who found the work to be replete with piety and holiness, highly useful and wholesome.
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