The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 21, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 24, 1974 Page: 3 of 12
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April 24,1974 The J-TAC Page 3
Texas Legislature Serves as Constitutional Convention
by Travis Brown
The Texas legislature is
currently convening as a
constitutional convention. In
writing a new constitution for
Texas, the convention is
considering the recommendations
made by the Texas Constitutional
Revision Commission.' The
commission was appointed in
February of 1973, in accordance
with a constitutional amendment
approved by the voters of< Texas
in November of 19,72.
The current Texas
constitution, which was adopted
in 1876, contains 50 thousand
words and has been amended 201
times/ In contrast, the. U,S;
Constitution, which is nearly 200'
years old,, contains 6,500 words.j
and has been amended.26 times.
The great length of the Texas
constitution is a result, of the use
of excessive detail in spelling out
administrative organization and
executive powers. Other criticisms
of the Constitution of 1876
include too many restraints on the
legislature, a lack of power for the
governor to conduct the duties of
his office, and the absence of an
Organized court system.
The recommendations of the
Texas Constitutional Revision
Commission were submitted to
th^ Te^as legislature in the form
of an entirely new constitution ,
which is only about one-fourth
the length of the current
constitution. This, reduction in
length was achieved..by cutting
.out obsolete or ' duplicative
sections of the 187.6 Constitution
and by removing statutory detail
not felt to be appropriate in a
, constitution. Mpst of these
statutory details are already
included in the laws of the state.
The new constitution is written.in
^language that is understandable to
. persons with no legal' training.v
. The commission also
;recpmmended Some basic! changes
iii several areas of state
Constitutional Convention has
already approved the
commission's recommendation of
adding more power to the
governor in supervising the
operations of state government.
Added was the power of a new
reduction veto for certain
Electronic Synthesizer Borrowed
Strange sounds have been
filling the halls of the music
department this week as a result
of experiments being run by
students on an electronic music
synthesizer • borrowed from
Tarrant County Junior College.
Ms. Aileen K, Rosner, music
instructor at TSU, said that the
synthesizer is only to be on
campus until Friday, and that any
student wishing to experiment is
welcome to do so.
Rosner is teaching courses in
music theory, as well as a course
in music history, and she said that
the synthesizer will be used to
give sophomore theory students a
Bible Chair To Host
Seminar April 27
The Church of Christ Bible
Chair will host the Central Texas
Youth Seminar April 27.
Registration will begin- at 8 a.m.
and will continue until 8 p.m. in
the New Classroom Building,
j John Whitley from Abilene
Christian College will speak on the
seminar theme, "The Uplifted
Christ." Ben Zickefoose^ youth
director of the College Church in
Abilene, will be speaking on
"Proclaiming the Uplifted Christ,"
and John Paul Blankenship from
Irving will be speaking on "Lifting
My Life With Christ."
chance to compose their own
music, in addition to being
exposed to all of the capabilities
of the machine.
The synthesizer can' produce
windy sounds by using a "White
Noise" generator, or any number
of combinations of wave forms to
attain special effects such as a
police siren or a Model T engine.
Military Science Staff
the Episcopal Clircli on canpis
Sunday 10:00 am
Wetf. 7 a.m. & 5:10i.i Holy Eucharist
appropriation items, the authority
to submit administrative
reorganization plans to the
legislature, and the constitutional
duty of submitting a budget to
The commission recommended
and the convention approved the
creation of a unified judicial
system.,'The Court, of Criminal
Appeals is to be merged with the ■
Texas Supreme Court and the
present courts of civil appeals will
become the courts of appeals with
jurisdiction over criminal as well
as civil case's. .
Also. passed by the convention
was the commission's
recommendations which include
the statement that each person is
guaranteed; an equal educational
opportunity and that the quality
of education should not depend
on the resources of the local
school district. ,
Recommendations which have
riot yet been considered by the
convention include provisions for
calling a •constitutional
convention. The article requires
that the question' of calling a
constitutional convention is to be
submitted to the voters at least
once every 20 years. Also1 yet to
be considered, is the commission's
recommendation that the
legislature regulate usury and rates
of interest by law, since the
provisions of the 1876
Constitution concerning such
matters have been ineffective.
The Texas Constitutional
Convention has been criticized
because delegates to the
convention were not elected for
that purpose. It was the legislature
themselves who decided that they
would sit as the convention.
According to Dr. O.A. Grant,
head of the department of social
sciences, lawyers, professors, and
doctors would probably be
elected as delegates to a
constitution if public elections
were held. These men would
participate in a constitutional
convention, while they would
never run for public office.
Many people, including
politicians, have expressed a
preference for elected convention
delegates, because politicians'
actions are influenced by political,
and special interests.
When the convention finishes
its work, the constitution will be
presented to the, public for ,
ratification. Either the whole
constitution or separate articles
may be submitted. If it is
approved by the majority of those
voting in the election, the new
constitution will take effect on
Sept. 1, 1975. .
Dr. Grant expressed his
opinion thai; regardless of whether
the constitution is submitted as a
whole or in articles, the public
will not ratify it. He said that this
is because many influential
interest groups,, such as the
railroads and the oil companies,
are protected by the
establishment of commissions in
the existing constitution. These
groups will campaign against the
new constitution because their
commissions are excluded from it.
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WITH YOU IN MINDl
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HI AND Ld HEELS
Capt. Richard O: Zamora,,Jr.
has joined the Military Science
Department Staff at Tarleton.
Zamora is a native of .San
Antonio and completed his
undergraduate work at St. Mary's
University of San Antonio. He
served in Vietnam as a Radar
Section platoon leader with the
First Battalion-l4th Artillery.
Capt. Zamora came to TSU from
Golden Gate University, San
Francisco, Calif, where he
recently received his master?
degree in business administration*.
He has been assigned as the
instructor for third year, junior-
His awards include the Bronze
Star Medal and the Army
Commendation Medal with the
first oak leaf cluster.
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The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 21, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 24, 1974, newspaper, April 24, 1974; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth141289/m1/3/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.