Opinion No. 7
WHETHER PROPOSED LAW APPROPRIATING REVENUE FOR ORDINARY ANNUAL SERVICES MAY INCLUDE ITEMS BEYOND SUCH PURPOSE
CONSTITUTION, ss. 53,54
09 August 1901
No; a Bill appropriating revenue for the ordinary annual services, if it includes items beyond that purpose, does not cease to be a 'proposed law which appropriates revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government', but such a Bill is out of order. Section 54 is equivalent to a standing order of both Houses, imposed by the authority of the Constitution.
Each House must be the judge, whenever the question arises in connection with a Bill before it, whether section 54 has been infringed, and if so, what course is to be adopted by the House. The Senate cannot amend the proposed law by striking out the objectionable item, as that would be a violation of section 53, though it may 'request by message' the omission or amendment of any items or provisions therein.
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