The Laws of Texas, 1927 [Volume 25] Page: 170 of 1,111
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154 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
NEGROES AND WHITES-SEGREGATION OF IN CITIES.
S. B. No. 275.] CHAPTER 103.
An Act providing for the segregation or separation of the white and
negro races and providing for the conferring of power and authority
upon cities to pass suitable ordinance controlling the same and providing
for fixing the penalty and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. That the power and authority is hereby conferred
upon the Cities of Texas to provide by suitable ordinance for
the segregation of negroes and whites in any such city and to
withhold permits to build or construct a house to be occupied
by white people in negro communities inhabited by negroes as
defined by ordinance and to withhold building permits to any
negro to establish a residence on any property located in a white
community inhabited by white people as defined by ordinance.
SEC. 2. That it shall be lawful for negroes and whites to enter
into mutual covenants or agreements concerning their respective
residence and the power and authority is conferred upon
the governing body of any city to pass suitable ordinances requiring
the observance of any such agreement.
SEC. 3. That the governing authorities of any such city shall
have the full power to define the negro race, negro community,
-white race and white community.
SEC. 4. That the governing authorities of any such city shall
have full power to enforce the observance of any ordinance
passed leading to or providing for the segregation of the races
and to require the observance thereof by appropriate penalties.
SEC. 5. That this Act shall take effect from and after its
-passage and shall repeal all acts in conflict herewith.
SEC. 6. On account of the fact that there does not exist any
adequate requirement or law conferring upon the cities of Texas
the express power to pass suitable segregation laws between the
whites and colored race, and whereas on account of the fact that
the peace, quiet, and tranquility of such cities are greatly affected,
as well as the public health greatly menaced, creates an
-emergency and an imperative necessity requiring the suspension
of the constitutional rule that bills be read on three several days
and it is hereby suspended, and this act shall take effect and be
in force from and after its passage and it is so enacted.
[NOTE.-The above act, though carrying the emergency clause,
did not pass in the Senate by a roll call vote. Received in Executive
Office March 15, 1927, and in Secretary of State's Office
March 16, 1927, without Governor's signature.]
Effective ninety (90) days after adjournment.
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1927 [Volume 25], book, 1927; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16125/m1/170/?q=%22the%20full%20power%20to%20define%22: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .