Texas Almanac, 1949-1950 Page: 60
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80 TEXAS ALMANAC.-1949-1950.
within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it
shall hale been presented to him, the same
shall be a lax% in like manner as if he had
signed it, unless the Legislature, by its ad-
journment. prevent its return, in which case
It shall be a law. unless he shall file the
same. with his objections, in the office of the
Secretary of State and give notice thereof by
public proclamation within twenty days after
such adjournment. If any bill presented to
the Governor contains several items of appro-
priation he may object to one or more of
such items, and approve the other portion of
the bill. In such case he shall append to the
bill, at the time of signing it. a statement of
the items to which he objects, and no item so
objected to shall take effect. If the Legisla-
ture be in session he shall transmit to the
house in which the bill originated a copy of
such statement, and the items objected to
shall be separately considered. If. on recon-
sideration, one or more of such items be
approved by two thirds of the members
present, of each house, the same shall be
part of the law, notwithstanding the objec-
tion of the Governor. If any such bill con-
taining several items of appropriation not
having been presented to the Governor ten
days (Sundays excepted) prior to adjourn-
ment, be in the hands of the Governor at the
time of adjournment, he shall have twenty
days from such adjournment within which
to file objections to any items thereof and
make proclamation of the same, and such
item or items shall not take effect.
Sec. 15. What to Be Presented for Approval.
-Every order, resolution or vote to which
the concurrence of both houses of the Legis-
lature may be necessary except on questions
of adjournment shall be presented to the
Governor, and before it shall take effect
shall be approved by him; or, being disap-
proved, shall be repassed by both houses.
and all te rules, provisions and limitations
shall appi thereto as prescribed in the last
preceding section in the case of a bill.
Sec. 16. Lieutenant Governor; Election;
Term; Powers and Duties.-There shall also
be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall be
chosen at every election for Governor by the
same electors, in the same manner, continue
in office for the same time and possess the
same qualifications. The electors shall dis-
tinguish for whom they vote as Governor and
for whom as Lieutenant Governor. The Lieu-
tenant Governor shall, by virtue of his office.
be President of the Senate and shall have,
when in committee of the whole, a right to
debate, and vote on all questions; and when
the Senate is equally divided, to give the
casting vote. In case of the death, resigna-
tion. removal from office, inability or refusal
of the Governor to serve, or of his impeach-
ment or absence from the State. the Lieuten-
ant Governor shall exercise the powers and
authority appertaining to the office of Gov-
ernor until another be chosen at the periodi-
cal election, and be duly qualified; or until
the Governor, impeached, absent or disabled.
shall be acquitted, return or his disability
Sec. 17. Vacancy in Office; Compensation.
-If. during the vacancy in the office of
Governor. the Lieutenant Governor should
die, resign, refuse to serve or be removed
from office or be unable to serve; or if he
shall be impeached or absent from the State,
the President of the Senate. for the time
being, shall, in like manner, administer the
government until he shall be superseded by
a Governor or Lieutenant Governor. The
Lieutenant Governor shall, while he acts as
President of the Senate. receive for his serv-
ices the same compensation and mileage
which shall be allowed to the members of
the Senate, and no more. and during the
time he administers the government as Gov-
ernor, he shall receive in like manner the
same compensation which the Governor would
have received had he been employed in the
duties of his office, and no more. The presi-
dent, for the time being, of the Senate. shall.
during the time he administers the govern-
ment. receive in like manner the same com-
pensation which the Governor would have
received had he been employed in the duties
of his office.
Sec. 18. Succession to Governorship.-The
Lieutenant Governor, or President of the
Senate. succeeding to the office of Governor
shall, during the entire term to which he
may succeed, be under all the restrictions
and inhibitions imposed in this Constitution
on the Governor.
Sec. 19.-Seal of State; Secretary of State
to Keep, Etc.-There shall be a seal of the
State which shall be kept by the Secretary
of State and used by him officially under
the direction of the Governor The seal of
the State shall be a star of file points, en
circled by olive and live oak branches, and
the words "The State of Texas."
Sec. 20. Commissions to Be Signed and
Sealed.-All commissions shall be in the name
and by the authority of the State of Texas.
sealed with the State seal, signed by the
Governor, and attested by the Secretary of
Sec. 21. Secretary of State; Terms; Duties:
Compensation.-There shall be a Secretary
of State, who shall be appointed by the Gov-
ernor. by and with the advice and consent
of the Senate, and who shall continue in
office during the term of service of the Gov-
ernor. He shall authenticate the publication
of the laws and keep a fair register of all
official acts and proceedings of the Governor.
and shall, when required, lay the same and
all papers, minutes and vouchers relative
thereto, before the Legislature or either
house thereof, and shall perform such other
duties as may be required of him by law
He shall receive for his services an annual
salary of six thousand dollars ($6,000) and
[Note.-The foregoing Sec. 21 of Art. IV was
amended from the original to raise the salary of
the Secretary of State from $2,000 to $6,000 a
year Amendment adopted in an election Nov. 3.
Sec. 22. Attorney General; Term; Duties;
Residence; Salary.-The Attorney General
shall hold his office for two years and until
his successor is duly qualified. He shall rep-
resent the State in all suits and pleas in the
Supreme Court of the State in which the State
may be a party, and shall especially inquire
into the charter rights of all private cor-
porations, and from time to time, in the
name of the State, take such action in the
courts as may be proper and necessary to
prevent any private corporation from exer-
cising any power or demanding or collecting
any species of taxes, tolls, freight or wharf-
age not authorized by law. He shall, when-
ever sufficient cause exists, seek a judicial
forfeiture of such charters, unless otherwise
expressly directed by law, and give legal
advice in writing to the Governor and other
executive officers, when requested by them.
and perform such other duties as may be re-
quired by law. He shall reside at the seat of
government during his continuance in office
He shall receive for his services an annual
salary of ten thousand dollars ($10.000) and
[Note.-The foregoing Sec. 22 of Art. IV was
amended from the original to raise the Attorney
General's fixed salary from $2,000 to $10.000 a
year and to eliminate provisions for fees not to
exceed $2.000 a year Amendment adopted in an
election Nov. 3, 1936.]
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