Majority Vote of Deputies and Magistrates Requires for the Passage of Laws in Connecticut

February 5, 1645

Whereas it is said in the Fundamental Orders that the general court shall consist of the governor or some one chosen to moderate and four other magistrates at least, it is now ordered and adjudged to be a lawful court if the governor or deputy with other magistrates be present in court with the major part of deputies lawfully chosen. But no act shall pass or stand for a law which is not confirmed both by the major part of the said magistrates, and by the major part of the deputies there present in court, both magistrates and deputies being allowed, either of them, a negative vote. Also, the particular court may be kept by the governor or deputy with [3] other magistrates.

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