Article 4, Part 2

Article IV.   Part Second.   Senate.

Section 1.     Number of Senators.
Section 2.     Submission of reapportionment plan to Secretary of Senate;
                      Legislature's action on commission's plan;
                      division of State into Senatorial Districts;
                      division by Supreme Judicial Court.
Section 3.     Election of Senators; lists of votes delivered forthwith.
Section 4.     Lists of votes examined by Governor; summons to
                     persons who  appear to be elected.
Section 5.     Determination of Senators elected; procedure for filling vacancies.
Section 6.     Qualifications.
Section 7.     To try impeachments; limitation of judgment of impeachment; 
                      party liable to be tried and punished in court. 
Section8.      To choose own officers.

   Article IV.

  Part Second.

  Senate.

 Section 1.   Number of Senators.  The Senate shall consist of an
odd number of  Senators, not less than 31 nor more than 35,
elected at the same time and for the same  term as
Representatives by the qualified electors of the districts into
which the State shall  be from time to time divided.

 Section 2.   Submission of reapportionment plan to Secretary of
Senate;  Legislature's action on commission's plan; division of
State into Senatorial Districts;  division by Supreme Judicial
Court.  The Legislature which shall convene in the year  1983 and
every 10th year thereafter shall cause the State to be divided
into districts for  the choice of a Senator from each district,
using the same method as provided in Article  IV, Part First,
Section 2 for apportionment of Representative Districts.

 The apportionment plan of the commission established under
Article IV, Part Third,  Section 1-A shall be submitted to the
Secretary of the Senate no later than 120 calendar  days after
the convening of the Legislature in which apportionment is
required.  In the  preparation of legislation implementing the
plan, the commission, following a unanimous  decision by
commission members, may adjust errors and inconsistencies in
accordance  with the standards set forth in this Constitution, so
long as substantive changes are not  made.  The Legislature shall
enact the submitted plan of the commission or a plan of its  own
by a vote of 2/3 of the Members of each House, within 30 calendar
days after the  plan of the commission is submitted.  Such action
shall be subject to the Governor's  approval as provided in
Article IV, Part Third, Section 2.

 In the event that the Legislature shall fail to make an
apportionment within 130 days  after convening, the Supreme
Judicial Court shall, within 60 days following the period  in
which the Legislature is required to act but fails to do so, make
the apportionment.   In making such apportionment, the Supreme
Judicial Court shall take into consideration  plans and briefs
filed by the public with the court during the first 30 days of
the period  in which the court is required to apportion.

 The Supreme Judicial Court shall have original jurisdiction to
hear any challenge to  an apportionment law enacted by the
Legislature, as registered by any citizen or group  thereof.  If
any challenge is sustained, the Supreme Judicial Court shall make
the  apportionment.

 Section 3.   Election of Senators; lists of votes delivered
forthwith.  The meetings  within this State for the election of
Senators shall be notified, held and regulated and the  votes
received, sorted, counted, declared and recorded, in the same
manner as those for  Representatives.  Fair copies of the lists
of votes shall be attested by the clerks of the  cities and towns
or other duly authorized officials and sealed up in open meetings
and  such officials shall cause said lists to be delivered into
the office of the Secretary of State  forthwith.

 Section 4.   Lists of votes examined by Governor; summons to
persons who  appear to be elected.  The Governor shall, as soon
as may be, examine the copies of  such lists, and at least 7 days
before the said first Wednesday of December, issue a  summons to
such persons, as shall appear to be elected by a plurality of the
votes in each  senatorial district, to attend that day and take
their seats.

 Section 5.   Determination of Senators elected; procedure for
filling vacancies.   The Senate shall, on said first Wednesday of
December, biennially determine who is  elected by a plurality of
votes to be Senator in each district.  All vacancies in the
Senate  arising from death, resignation, removal from the State
or like causes, and also  vacancies, if any, which may occur
because of the failure of any district to elect by a  plurality
of votes the Senator to which said district shall be entitled
shall be filled by an  immediate election in the unrepresented
district.  The Governor shall issue a proclamation  therefor and
therein fix the time of such election.

 Section 6.   Qualifications. The Senators shall be 25 years of
age at the  commencement of the term, for which they are elected,
and in all other respects their  qualifications shall be the same
as those of the Representatives.
 Section 7.   To try impeachments; limitation of judgment of
impeachment; party  liable to be tried and punished in court. The
Senate shall have the sole power to try  all impeachments, and
when sitting for that purpose shall be on oath or affirmation,
and  no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of 2/3
of the members present.   Their judgment, however, shall not
extend farther than to removal from office, and  disqualification
to hold or enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under this
State.  But  the party, whether convicted or acquitted, shall
nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial, judgment and
punishment according to law.
  Section 8.   To choose own officers.  The Senate shall choose
their President,  Secretary and other officers.