inconvenience may arise from the alterations and amendments made in this Constitution, and
in order to carry the same into complete operation, it is hereby declared and ordained:
That all laws of this Commonwealth in force at the time of the adoption of this
Constitution, not inconsistent therewith, shall remain in full force until altered or
repealed by the General Assembly; and all rights, actions, prosecutions, claims and
contracts of the State, counties, individuals or bodies corporate, not inconsistent
therewith, shall continue as valid as if this Constitution had not been adopted. The
provisions of all laws which are inconsistent with this Constitution shall cease upon its
adoption, except that all laws which are inconsistent with such provisions as require
legislation to enforce them shall remain in force until such legislation is had, but not
longer than six years after the adoption of this Constitution, unless sooner amended or
repealed by the General Assembly.
That all recognizances, obligations and all other instruments entered into or executed
before the adoption of this Constitution, to the State, or to any city, town, county or
subdivision thereof, and all fines, taxes, penalties and forfeitures due or owing to this
State, or to any city, town, county or subdivision thereof; and all writs, prosecutions,
actions and causes of action, except as otherwise herein provided, shall continue and
remain unaffected by the adoption of this Constitution. And all indictments which shall
have been found, or may hereafter be found, for any crime or offense committed before this
Constitution takes effect, may be prosecuted as if no change had taken place, except as
otherwise provided in this Constitution.
All Circuit, Chancery, Criminal, Law and Equity, Law, and Common Pleas Courts, as now
constituted and organized by law, shall continue with their respective jurisdictions until
the Judges of the Circuit Courts provided for in this Constitution shall have been elected
and qualified, and shall then cease and determine; and the causes, actions and proceedings
then pending in said first named courts, which are discontinued by this Constitution,
shall be transferred to, and tried by, the Circuit Courts in the counties, respectively,
in which said causes, actions and proceedings are pending.
The Treasurer, Attorney-General, Auditor of Public Accounts, Superintendent of Public
Instruction, and Register of the Land Office, elected in eighteen hundred and ninety-one,
shall hold their offices until the first Monday in January, eighteen hundred and
ninety-six, and until the election and qualification of their successors. The Governor and
Lieutenant Governor elected in eighteen hundred and ninety-one shall hold their offices
until the sixth Tuesday after the first Monday in November, eighteen hundred and
ninety-five, and until their successors are elected and qualified. The Governor and
Treasurer elected in eighteen hundred and ninety-one shall be ineligible to the succeeding
term. The Governor elected in eighteen hundred and ninety-one may appoint a Secretary of
State and a Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics, as now provided, who shall
hold their offices until their successors are elected and qualified, unless sooner removed
by the Governor. The official bond of the present Treasurer shall be renewed at the
expiration of two years from the time of his qualification.
All officers who may be in office at the adoption of this Constitution, or who may be
elected before the election of their successors, as provided in this Constitution, shall
hold their respective offices until their successors are elected or appointed and
qualified as provided in this Constitution.
The Quarterly Courts created by this Constitution shall be the successors of the
present statutory Quarterly Courts in the several counties of this State; and all suits,
proceedings, prosecutions, records and judgments now pending or being in said last named
courts shall, after the adoption of this Constitution, be transferred to the Quarterly
Courts created by this Constitution, and shall proceed as though the same had been therein
representatives of the people of Kentucky, in Convention assembled, in their name and by
their authority and in virtue of the power vested in us as Delegates from the counties and
districts respectively affixed to our names, do ordain and proclaim the foregoing to be
the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from and after this date.
Done at Frankfort this twenty-eighth day of September, in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, and in the one hundredth year of the
Text as Ratified on: August 3, 1891, and revised September 28, 1891.
History: Not yet amended.
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