The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 29 of 1,943
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FORTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE-FOURTH CALLED SESSION. 17
the duties hereinafter indicated; the Board shall be known as the
"Board for Lease of Texas Prison Lands." The term "Board"
wherever it appears hereafter in this Act shall mean the "Board
for Lease of Texas Prison Lands." This Board shall keep a
complete record of all its proceedings.
SEC. 2. All lands or any parcel of same now owned, or that
may be owned and held by the State as State prison lands may
be leased by the Board to any person, or persons, firms, or corporation,
subject to and as provided for in this Act for the
purpose of prospecting, or exploring for and mining, producing
storing, caring for, transporting, preserving, and disposing of
the oil and/or gas therein belonging to the State.
SEC. 3. The Board is hereby authorized to cause the State
Prison Lands to be surveyed and sub-divided into such lots or
blocks as will be conducive or convenient to facilitate the advantageous
sale of oil and/or gas leases thereon, and identify
such lots and blocks by permanent markings on the ground, and
to make such maps and plats as may be thought necessary to
carry out the purposes of this Act. The Board shall forthwith
obtain authentic abstracts of Title to all prison lands, and cause
same to be examined by the Attorney General, who shall file
written opinions thereon, and said Board shall take such steps
as may be necessary to perfect a merchantable title to such lands
in the State of Texas. Such Abstracts of Title and the Attorney
General's opinion thereon shall be held on file in the General
Land Office as public documents for the inspection of any prospective
purchaser of oil and gas leases on said lands.
SEC. 4. Wherever, in the opinion of the Board there shall be
such a demand for the purchase of oil and/or gas leases on any
lot or tract of land as will reasonably insure an advantageous
sale, the Board shall place such oil and gas in said land on the
market in such blocks or lots as the Board may designate. It
shall cause to be advertised a brief description of the land from
which the oil and gas is proposed to be sold and that sealed bids
for the purchase of said oil and/or gas by lease will be opened
at a designated day, at ten o'clock, A. M., that day and that
sealed bids received up to that time will be considered. Said
advertisements shall be made:
(a) By mailing a copy thereof to the County Judge of every
County in this State, two daily newspapers published in Texas.
(b) In addition the Board may in its discretion, cause said
advertisement to be placed in oil and gas journals in and out of
the State to be mailed generally to such persons as they think
might be interested.
SEC. 5. All bids shall be directed to the said Board in care
of the General Land Office of the State of Texas, and shall be retained
by the Commissioner of the General Land Office until
the day designated for the opening of bids and upon that day
the said Board, or a majority of its members shall open said
bids and shall list and file and register all bids and money received.
A separate bid shall be made for each whole survey
or subdivision thereof. No bid shall be accepted which offers a
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27], book, 1931; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16362/m1/29/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .