APPROPRIATION WHETHER ORDINARY SERVICES OF GOVERNMENT INCLUDE NEW BUILDINGS AND ADDITIONS : SENATE'S POWER OF AMENDMENT IF INTRODUCED IN SEPARATE BILL
CONSTITUTION, ss. 53,54
The question is:
Whether new buildings and additions to existing buildings should be included in the annual appropriation bill or a separate bill? Most of them will be in loan bills, but some wooden buildings may have to be paid out of revenue.
Section 54 of the Constitution provides that 'The proposed law which appropriates revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government shall deal only with such appropriation'. Appropriations for new buildings or additions when these are required in the ordinary course of departmental business are appropriations for the ordinary annual services, and may constitutionally be included in the annual appropriation bill. Whether they should be so included is a question of policy merely. If introduced in a separate bill, they will of course be subject to the Senate's power of amendment (section 53).
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