For the most convenient management of the general interests of
the United States, delegates shall be annually appointed in such
manner as the legislatures of each State shall direct, to meet in
Congress on the first Monday in November, in every year, with a
powerreserved to each State to recall its delegates, or any of
them, at any time within the year, and to send others in their
stead for the remainder of the year.
No State shall be represented in Congress by less than two, nor
more than seven members; and no person shall be capable of being a
delegate for more than three years in any term of six years; nor
shall any person, being a delegate, be capable of holding any
office under the United States, for which he, or another for his
benefit, receives any salary, fees or emolument of any kind.
Each State shall maintain its own delegates in a meeting of the
States, and while they act as members of the committee of the
In determining questions in the United States in Congress
assembled, each State shall have one vote.
Freedom of speech and debate in Congress shall not be impeached
or questioned in any court or place out of Congress, and the
members of Congress shall be protected in their persons from
arrests or imprisonments, during the time of their going to and
from, and attendence on Congress, except for treason, felony, or
breach of the peace.