The Laws of Texas, 1927 [Volume 25] Page: 96 of 1,111
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80 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
faith and authorized by a majority vote of the qualified voters
of such cities, creates an emergency and an imperative public
necessity that the constitutional rule requiring bills to be read
on three several days in each House be suspended, and said rule
is hereby suspended, and that this Act shall take effect and be
in force from and after its passage, and it it so enacted.
Approved February 19, 1927.
Effective February 19, 1927.
WATER-DAMAGES FOR OVERFLOW.
S. B. No. 16.] CHAPTER 56.
An Act to make it unlawful for any person, firm or private corporation
within this State to divert the natural flow of the surface waters in
this State or to permit such a diversion to continue after the passage
of this Act, or to impound any waters or to permit the impounding
thereof to continue after the passage of this Act in such a manner as to
damage the property of another; and to provide that in all such cases
the injured party shall have remedies, both at law and in equity, including
damages occasioned thereby, and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. That it shall hereafter be unlawful for any person,
firm or private corporation to divert the natural flow of the
surface waters in this State or to permit a diversion thereof
caused by him to continue after the passage of this Act, or to impound
such waters, or to permit the impounding thereof caused
by him to continue after the passage of this Act, in such a manner
as to damage the property of another, by the overflow of said
water so diverted or impounded, and that in all such cases the
injured party shall have remedies, both at law and in equity,
including damages occasioned thereby, provided that the passage
of this Act shall in no way affect the construction and maintenance
of levees and other improvements for the purpose of
controlling floods, overflows and freshets in rivers, creeks and
streams, nor the construction of canals for conveying waters for
irrigation or other purposes; and provided further that nothing
in this Act shall be so construed as to authorize or give authority
to persons or private corporations owning or constructing
canals for irrigation or other purposes to construct or maintain
any canal, lateral canal or ditch in such manner as to obstruct
any river, creek, bayou, gully, slough, ditch or other well
defined natural drainage.
SEC. 2. The importance of this legislation and the crowded
condition of the calendar create an emergency and an imperative
public necessity which requires that the constitutional rule
requiring bills to be read on three separate days in each House
be suspended, and said rule is hereby suspended; that this Act
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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/m1/96/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .