Texas Almanac, 1949-1950 Page: 55
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Article II I.-(Contirtued.)
tial right of purchase shall be gixen to the
administrators of the various teacher tetlre-
ment funds, the permanent university funds
and the permanent flee school funds, such
bonds to be issued only as needed, in the
opinion of the Veterans' Land Board under
legislati e author ization.
The %eterans' land fund shall be used by
the board foi the sole purpose of purchasing
land; suitable for the purposes hereinafter
stated, situated in this state (a) owned by
the United States, or any governmental
agency thereof; (b) owned by the Texas
Prison System, or any other governmental
agency of the State of Texas. or (c) owned
by any person, firm or corporation.
All lands thus purchased shall be acquired
at the lowest price obtainable, be paid for in
cash, and shall be a part of the Veterans'
The lands of the %eterans' land fund shall
be sold by the State to Texas veterans of the
present war or wars, commonly known as
"World War II. in such quantities, and on
such terms, and at such prices and such rates
of Interest, and under such rules and regu
lations as may be prescribed by law. pro-
vided, however, that any such lands remain-
ing unsold at the expiration of eight (8)
years after the effective date of this amend-
ment may be sold to anyone as shall be
prescribed by law.
All moneys received and which have been
received and which have not been used for
repurchase of land as provided herein by the
Veterans' Land Board from the sale of lands
and for interest on defeated payments shall
be credited to the veterans' land fund for
use in purchasing additional lands to be sold
to Texas veterans of World War II, in like
manner as shall be provided for the sale of
lands purchased with the proceeds fron the
sales of the bonds, provided for herein, for a
period of eight (8) years from the effective
date of this amendment; provided, however.
that so much of such moneys as may be
necessary to pay interest on thi bonds herein
provided for shall be set aside for that pur-
pose. After eight (8) years from the effective
date of this amendment, all moneys received
by the Veterans' Land Board from the sale
of the lands and Interest on deferred pay-
ments, or so much thereof as may be neces-
sary, shall be set aside for the retirement
of said bonds and to pay interest thereon.
and any of such moneys not so needed shall
be deposited to the credit of the general
revenue fund to be appropriated to such
purposes as may be prescribed by law.
[Note.-The foregoing Sec. 49-b of Art III is
an amendment added for the stated purpose of
aiding war veterans in land purchased Submitted
by Forty-Ninth Legislature (1945),. and ratified
In a special election Nov. 7. 1916. It waa by error
that the date was set as No%. 7 instead of Nov. 5.
which was the general election date.]
Sec. 50 Credit of State Not to Be Pledged
-The Legislature shall have no power to
give or to lend or to authorize the giling or
lending of the credit of the State in aid of.
or to any person, association or corporation
whether municipal or other. or to pledge the
credit of the State in any manner whatsoever.
for the payment of the liabilities, present or
prospective, of any individual, association of
individuals, municipal or other corporation
Sec. 51. Tax Levy Authorized for Confed
erate Soldiers and Sailors and Their Wadows.
-The Legislature shall have no power to
make any grant or authorize the making
of any grant of public moneys to any indi-
O1dual, association of individuals, municipal
or other corporations whatsoever: provided
however, the Legislature may grant aid to
indigent and disabled Confederate soldiers and
sailors under such regulations and limita-
tions as may be deemed by the Legislature
as expedient, and to their widows in indi-
gent circumstances under such regulations
and limitations as may be deemed by the
Legislature as expedent" to indigent and
disabled soldiers, who, under special laws of
the State of Texas, dui ing the War Between
the States. sered in organizations for the
protection of the trontier against Indian raids
or Mexican marauders, and to indigent and
disabled soldiers ol the militia who were in
active ser'ce during tt-e Wair Between the
States, and to the idows ,f such soldiers
who ate in indigent circumstances, and who
are or may be eligible to receive aid under
such regulations and limitations as may be
deemed by the Legislatuie as expediept. and
also giant for the establishment and nialn-
tenance of a home for said soldiers and
sailors their wi es and %%idows and women
who aided in the Confederacy, under such
orgulations and limitations as may e ro-
oided for by law. provided, the Legislature
may pioide for husband and %%'ife to remain
together in the home. There is hereby levied
in addition to all other taxes heretofore per-
mitted by the Constitution of Texas, a State
ad Nalorem tax on property of *seven ($0 07
cents on the one hundred ($100) dollars .ala-
ation for the purpose of c eating a special
fund for the payment of pensions for services
in the Co)nfederate Army and Navy, frontier
organizations and the militia of the State of
Texas. and for the widox% s of such soldiers
ser inmg in said armies, naies. organizations
or militia, proidCed that the Legislature may
reduce the tax tate hei ein levied, and pro-
vided, further'. that the provisions of tnls
section shall not be construed so as to pre-
vent the giant of aid in cases of public
[Note-The foregoing Sec 51 of Art III, Ir.
its present form, is the result of much amend-
ment. The original Sec 51. which prohibited ai
grants of public money to individuals, associa-
tions, etc. .-Ith the single exception of cases of
"public calamity," has been amended eight times.
as follows: (1) Establishing Confederate Home
Submitted by Twenty-Third Legislature (1893
and ratified at election, Nov. 6. 1894. and pro-.
claimed adopted Dec. 21, 1894. (2) Providing for
pensions for Confederate eterans from appr,-
priations not to exceed $250.000 annually. Sub-
mitted b T byenty-Fifth Legislature (1897) and
adopted at election, Nov. 1, 1898, and proclaimed
Dec 22, 1898 (3) Raising amount that might be
appropriated for Confederate pensions from $250.-
000 to c500 000 annually Submitted by Twenty-
Eighth Legislature (1903). adopted in election.
Nov. 8. 1901. and proclaimed Dec. 29 1904
(4) Increasing authorized maximum apprnpria-
ntionse for Confederate Home from $100,000 to
$150 00) annually. Submitted h% Thirty-First Lee-
islature (1909),. adopted in election, Nov 8. 1910,
andi declared adopted Dee 31 1910 )5i Author-
izing 5c ad %alorem tax for Confederate pension
fund-also nmitting "public calamity" clause.
Submitted by Thirty-Second Legislature (1911).
adopted No% 5. 1912. and proclaimed Dec $0.
1912 (6) Authorizing 7c ad %alorem tax for Con-
federate pension fund-also reinstating "puhh'
calamity" clause Submitted by Thirty-Eighth
Legislature (1923) and adopted Nov 4, 1q24
(7) Eliminating specific restrictions upon grants
of aid to Confederate soldiers, sailors and others
%vith respect to date of removal to Texas. etc.,
and conferring such authority upon the Legisla-
ture Submitted by Fortieth Leglslature (127t:
ratfmed Nov. 6. 1928: proclaimed Feb 6. 1929
(8) Cutting tax from 7c to 2c by addition of
Sec 17 tc Art VI )See note on that settion )I
*See No i in nte bei-,,a this section also
Sec 17 Art VII (Utting this tax to 2c, and
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