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Convention elected to frame a new government adopted a declaration of rights, similar to those of other states, and a constitution on December 18, 1776. The constitution established a house of commons and a senate, both elected annually. Taxpayers could vote for the house of commons, while ownership of 50 acres was needed to vote in senate elections. Members of the house of commons were required to own 100 acres and senators had to own 300 acres. The legislature elected a governor and seven-member council annually. There was no executive veto, and the legislature appointed judges, who served for good behavior, as well as other state officials. Officeholding was restricted to Protestants. No provision was made for amending the constitution.