Mutiny Acts - Annual Renewal
The Bill of Rights prohibited the existence of a standing army during peacetime without the consent of Parliament. In order to ensure this clause in the Bill of Rights was followed the content of the Mutiny Act was expressly limited to one year's duration. As a result, Parliament was asked annually to approve a new Mutiny Act for the coming year. The Mutiny Act was therefore reviewed and renewed on a yearly basis. An example of the wording that reflected this was as follows:
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid
that this act, and everything herein contained, shall
continue and be in force in all His Majesty's dominions in
North America, until [review date is then quoted]
The Mutiny Act leads to the Quartering Acts
The Quartering Acts of 1765 and 1774 were amendments / additions to the 1689 Mutiny Act requiring additional quartering requirements for British troops in the American Colonies following the passing of the unpopular Townshend Acts which set new import taxes on British goods which led to the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.
Mutiny Act - British Laws and Taxes
Discover interesting facts and information about the Taxes in the 13 Colonies, which were imposed on the colonists of Colonial America by the British government via parliament.