Texas Almanac, 1949-1950 Page: 66
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66 TEXAS ALMANAC.-199-1950.
Article V.-(Continued.); Article VI.
of District Attorneys in such districts as may
be deemed necessary, and make provisions
for the compensation of District Attorneys
and County Attorneys; provided, District
Attorneys shall receive an annual salary of
$500, to be paid by the State, and such fees.
commissions and perquisites as may be pro-
vided by law. County Attorneys shall receive
as compensation only such fees, commissions
and perquisites as may be prescribed by law.
See. 22. Jurisdiction of Courts May Be
Changed by Legislature.-The Legislature
shall have power, by local or general law, to
increase, diminish or change the civil and
criminal jurisdiction of County Courts; and
in cases of any such change of jurisdiction
the Legislature shall also conform the juris-
diction of the other courts to such change.
Sec. 23. Sheriff; Term of Office: Vacancy.
-There shall be elected by the qualified
voters of each count a Sheriff, who shall
hold his office for the term of two years.
whose duties and perquisites and fees of of-
fice shall be prescribed by the Legislature.
and vacancies in whose office shall be filled
by the Commissioners' Court until the next
general election for county or State officers.
Sec. 24. Certain Officers Removed by Dis-
trict Courts for Drunkenness. Incompetency,
Official Misconduct, Etc.--County Judges,
County Attorneys. Clerks of the District and
County Courts, Justices of the Peace. Con-
stables and other county officers may be
removed by the Judges of the District Courts
for incompetency, official misconduct, habit-
ual drunkenness or other causes defined by
law, upon the cause therefor being set forth
in writing, and the finding of its truth by
Sec. 25. Supreme Court to Regulate Prac-
tice.-The Supreme Court shall have power
to make and establish rules of procedure not
inconsistent with the laws of the State for
the government of said court and the other
courts of this State, to expedite the dispatch
of business therein.
[Note.-The foregoing Sec. 25 of Art. V was
amended from the original to add the phrase
"not inconsistent with the laws of the State."
Submitted by Twenty-Second Legislature (1891),
ratified at an election Aug. 11, 1891, and declared
adopted Sept. 22. 1891 ]
Sec. 26. No Appeal in Criminal Cases by
the State.-The State shall have no right of
appeal in criminal cases.
Sec. 27. Transfer of Cases by the Legisla-
ture.-The Legislature shall, at its first ses-
sion. provide for the transfer of all business.
civil and criminal, pending in District Courts.
over which jurisdiction is given by this Con-
stitution to the County Courts or other in-
ferior courts, to such county or inferior
courts. and for the trial or disposition of all
such causes by such county or other inferior
Sec 28. Vacancies in Offices of Judges of
Superior Courts to Be Filled by the Governor.
-Vacancies in the office of the Judges of the
Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Ap-
peals. the Court of Civil Appeals and District
Courts shall be filled by the Governor until
the next succeeding general election, and
vacancies in the office of County Judge and
Justices of the Peace shall be filled by the
Commissioners' Court until the next general
election for such offices
[Note.-The foregoing Sec. 28 of Art. V has
been amended from the original to make names
of courts harmonize with names in amended Secs
1 3. 4, 5 and 6. Submitted by Twenty-Second
Ygslature (1891) ratified in an election Aug. 11,
1i1, and declared adopted Sept. 22, 1891.1
Sec. 29. Terms of County Courts; Probate
Business; Prosecutions.-The County Court
shall hold at least four terms for both civil
and criminal business annually, as may be
provided by the Legislature, or by the Com-
missioners' Court of the county under author-
ity of law, and such other terms each year as
may be fixed by the Commissioners' Court;
provided, the Commissioners' Court of any
county having fixed the times and number of
terms of the County Court shall not change
the same again until the expiration of one
year. Said court shall dispose of probate busi-
ness either in term time or vacation, under
such regulations as may be prescribed by
law. Prosecutions may be commenced in said
courts in such manner as is or may be pro-
vided by law, and a jury therein shall consist
of six men. Until otherwise provided, the
terms of the County Court shall be held on
the first Mondays in February, May. August
and November. and may remain in session
[Note -Sec. 29 of Art. V, an amendment, was
added for stated purpose of prescribing county
court terms. Submitted by Eighteenth Legislature
(1883), ratified in an election Aug. 14, 1883. and
proclaimed adopted Sept. 25, 1883 1
Sec. 1. Persons Who Cannot Vote.-The
following classes of persons shall not be al-
lowed to vote in this State, to wit:
First: Persons under twenty-one (21) years
Second: Idiots and lunatics.
Third: All paupers supported by any
Fourth: All persons convicted of any fel-
ony. subject to such exceptions as the Legis-
lature may make.
Fifth: All soldiers, marines and seamen.
employed in the service of the Army and
Navy of the United States Provided that this
restriction shall not apply to officers of the
National Guard of Texas, the National Guard
Reserve, the Officers Reserve Corps of the
United States, nor to enlisted men of the Na-
tional Guard, the National Guard Reserve.
and the Organized Reserves of the United
States, nor to retired officers of the United
States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and
retired warrant officers and retired enlisted
men of the United States Army, Navy, and
[Note.-The foregoing Sec. 1 of Art. VI has
been once amended from the original to give pr/vi-
lege of ballot to officers and enlisted men of
National Guard, National Guard Reserve, Officers
Reserve Corps, Organized Reserves and retired
officers and enlisted men of Army, Navy and
Marine Corps. Submitted by FortySecond Legis-
lature (1931) and adopted in an election Nov. 8
1932. Proclaimed Jan. 9, 1933 (See also Sec 2-a
and note thereon. ) ]
Sec. 2. Poll Tax Payment Required of
Voters.-Every person subject to none of the
foregoing disqualifications, who shall have
attained the age of 21 years and who shall be
a citizen of the United States and who shall
have resided in this State one year next pre-
ceding an election and the last six months
within the district or county in which such
person offers to vote, shall be deemed a
qualified elector; provided, that electors liv.
ing in any unorganized county may vote at
any election precinct in the county to which
such county is attached for judicial purposes.
and provided further, that any *,oter who is
subject to pay a poll tax under the laws of
the State of Texas shall have paid said tax
before offering to vote at any election in this
State and hold a receipt showing that said
poll tax was paid before the first day of
February next preceding such election. Or if
said voter shall have lost or misplaced said
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