The powers of the government shall be distributed into three separate and distinct departments: the legislative, executive and judicial. Article III of the 1843 constitution provided for the distribution of governmental powers into three departments. It simply read, “The powers of government shall be distributed into three departments: the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.” R.I. Const. of 1843, Art. III. The Rhode Island Constitutional Convention of 1986 renumbered this provision as Article V, but otherwise left its wording unchanged. At all times, the title...
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