The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 15
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Establishing the Texas Court of Appeals, 1875-1876 15
of these bills were referred to the senate's judiciary com-
mittee number one. On April 24 Senate Bill No. 25, prepared
by the committee, providing for the organization of the court
of appeals, was reported out of committee favorably. The
report was signed by Senator A. W. Terrell for the com-
mittee." On the motion of Senator Terrell, the rules were
suspended and the bill was taken up by the senate. It was
made the special order for 11 A. M. the next day.39 A joint
session of the Legislature to witness the inauguration of the
governor and lieutenant governor at the hour of the special
order the next day prevented action being taken on the bill.
However, the bill was passed by the senate by a vote of twenty-
nine to nothing on April 26.4
On April 27 the house of representatives received a message
from the senate stating that that body had passed Senate
Bill No. 25. The next day the same bill was introduced in the
house and was referred to its judiciary committee number
two.4' On May 1 the bill was reported favorably out of com-
mittee and was passed by the house by a vote of eighty-two
to nothing.4' The speaker of the house and the president of
the senate signed the bifl on May 4.43 The bill was approved
by the governor on May 6 and it took "'effect from and after
its passage.""44 The May 16 issue of The Daily State Gazette
stated, " .... The recommendations of Governor Coke's mes-
sage for amendments have been generally condemned by the
press and public, and judged by the action of the Legislature
so far as it has been developed, do not meet with its
approval . . ."
Nevertheless, the attack on the Judiciary Article was con-
tinued in the Legislature. A resolution refusing to entertain
amendments to the new Constitution at that session was in-
troduced by Representative Ed. Cambers, of Collin County.
The resolution was reported on unfavorably by a majority of
the committee on constitutional amendments. Representative
3"Texas Senate Journal, Fifteenth Legislature, 73.
"4Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, Fif-
teenth Legislature, 88.
43Ibid., 112; Senate Journal, 124.
44H. P. N. Gammel, Laws of Texas, VIII, 840.
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