Page 2 Montana Secretary of State records, 1884-1972.
Montana. Secretary of State.
Scope and content: These Secretary of State records consist of the original enrolled Montana constitutions (1884, 1889, 1972). RESTRICTION: Viewing of the constitutions is allowed, however, research use of the original constitutions is restricted due to their fragile condition. A photocopy is available for research use. (Record Series 230).; The Territorial Secretary, authorized by the Organic Act of the Territory of Montana, was a presidential appointee. The duties included the transmittal of federal reports and serving in the governor's capacities in his absence. With the entry of Montana into the Union and the adoption of the 1889 Constitution, the office of the Secretary of State was formed to replace the Territorial Secretary. The Secretary of State is elected to four-year terms. With the new title came a variety of new tasks, including serving as a member of the various boards and commissions, such as the State Board of Examiners, the Board of Trustees of the Law Library, the Board of Land Commissioners, and the Board of Prison Commissioners. In addition, the Secretary of State serves as president of the House of Representatives; as chief elections officer, overseeing the establishment of procedures and publications relating to state elections; state corporations officer, overseeing the incorporation documentation for foreign and deomestic companies doing business in the state; custodian of records, afixing his seal to and filing official documents handled by the governor's office; and central filing officer for the Uniform Commercial Code, notary bonds, deeds, mortgages, motor vehicle registrations, and trade marks.
These Secretary of State records consist of the original Montana constitutions (1884, 1889, 1972). RESTRICTION: Viewing of the constitutions is allowed, however, research use of the original constitutions is restricted due to their fragile condition. A photocopy is available for research use.
Montana. Secretary of State.; Constitutions--Montana.; Montana--Politics and government.
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