Acknowledgment of God
We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for
the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain and establish this constitution.
Article I, section 3.
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and
worship, without discrimination or preference shall be forever guaranteed in this
state, and no person shall be rendered incompetent to be a witness or juror on
account of his opinion on matters of religious belief; but the liberty of conscience
hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness,
or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of this state.
Article VIII, section 1.
A high degree of intelligence,
patriotism, integrity and morality on the part of every voter in a government
by the people being necessary in order to insure the continuance of that government
and the prosperity and happiness of the people, the legislative assembly shall
make provision for the establishment and maintenance of a system of public schools
which shall be open to all children of the state of North Dakota and free from
sectarian control. This legislative requirement shall be irrevocable without the
consent of the United States and the people of North Dakota.
VIII, section 5.
All colleges, universities, and other educational
institutions, for the support of which lands have been granted to this state,
or which are supported by a public tax, shall remain under the absolute and exclusive
control of the state. No money raised for the support of the public schools of
the state shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.
Article X, section
Taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of property including
franchises within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax. The
legislative assembly may by law exempt any or all classes of personal property
from taxation and within the meaning of this section, fixtures, buildings and
improvements of every character, whatsoever, upon land shall be deemed personal
property. The property of the United States, to the extent immunity from taxation
has not been waived by an act of Congress, property of the state, county, and
municipal corporations, to the extent immunity from taxation has not been waived
by an act of the legislative assembly, and property used exclusively for schools,
religious, cemetery, charitable or other public purposes shall be exempt from
taxation. Real property used for conservation or wildlife purposes is not exempt
from taxation unless an exemption is provided by the legislative assembly. Except
as restricted by this article, the legislative assembly may provide for raising
revenue and fixing the situs of all property for the purpose of taxation. Provided
that all taxes and exemptions in force when this amendment is adopted shall remain
in force until otherwise provided by statute.
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