SCHEDULE ON TRANSITIONAL MATTERS


The following transitional provisions shall remain in effect until their terms have been executed. Once each year the attorney general shall review the following provisions and certify to the governor which have been executed. Any provisions so certified shall be removed from this Schedule and no longer published as an attachment to the Constitution. 


Section 1: Effective Date of Constitution

[Certified as executed November 28, 1983.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 2: Continuity of Laws.

Laws in force in the Northern Mariana Islands on the day preceding the effective date of the Constitution that are consistent with the Constitution and the Covenant shall continue in force until they expire or are amended or repealed.


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Case Annotations: Commonwealth v. Kaipat, 2 N.M.I. 322--330; In re Seman, 3 N.M.I. 57--69; Commonwealth v. Lizama, 3 N.M.I. 400--406, 416, aff'd, 27 F.3d 444 (9th Cir. 1994).


Section 3: Continuity of Government Employment and Operations.

[Certified as executed November 28, 1983.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 4: Continuity of Judicial Matters.

[Certified as executed June 14, 1994.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 5: Continuity of Legislative Matters.

[Certified as executed November 28, 1983.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 6: Continuity of Corporations and Licenses.

Corporations incorporated or qualified to do business in the Northern Mariana Islands on the effective date of the Constitution shall continue to be incorporated or qualified until provided otherwise by law. Licenses in effect in the Northern Mariana Islands on the effective date of the Constitution shall continue in effect until provided otherwise by law except that no license possessed by a land surveyor, ship officer, health professional or a practicing trial assistant may be amended or revoked except for incompetence or unethical conduct.


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 7: Statutes of Limitations.

The legislature shall study whether to repeal a statute of limitations currently in force in the Commonwealth with respect to land in order for the Commonwealth to provide compensation for past transactions. If a statute is repealed after study, the compensation provided by the Commonwealth shall be limited to priority with respect to the distribution of public lands and shall not affect a right in property that vested under the repealed statute of limitations.


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Case Annotations: Apatang v. Marianas Pub. Land Corp., 1 N.M.I. 140--148, 149, 156, 157; Rios v. Marianas Pub. Land Corp., 3 N.M.I. 512--521.


Section 8: Interim Definition of Citizenship

[Certified as executed June 14, 1994.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Commission Comment: Second Constitutional Convention Amendment 44, ratified in 1985, purported to revise this provision. That amendment was ruled invalid as an ultra vires act in Pangelinan v. Commonwealth, Civ. No. 85-022 (N.M.I. Dist. Ct. Feb. 13, 1986) (Opinion, Judgment and Order). See also Taguchi v. Commonwealth, 2 CR 518 (Dist. Ct. 1986).


Section 9: Commonwealth.

[Certified as executed June 14, 1994.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 10: Elections.

[Certified as executed November 28, 1983.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 11: Saipan Election Districts.

[Repealed by PL 3-78, § 2.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 12: Commencement of Terms.

[Certified as executed November 28, 1983.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 13: Succession.

As of the effective date of the Constitution the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands shall succeed to all rights and obligations of the previous Government of the Northern Mariana Islands.


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 14: Approval of Constitution by the United States.

[Certified as executed November 28, 1983.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).


Section 15: Approval of Amendments to the Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands.

[Certified as executed January 7, 1986.]


Source: Original provision, unaltered (ratified 1977, effective 1978).