The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28] Page: 18 of 2,111
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10 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
Whereas, it is charged that persons, firms, corporations and
associations of persons engaged in various lines of business and
industry have brought themselves under common ownership,
management and control with the effect of creating monopolies
for the purpose of lessening competition and fixing prices; and
Whereas, when the present Attorney General assumed his
duties on January 1, 1931, there was pending in Courts throughout
the State an unprecedented volume of litigation demanding
the attention of his Department; and
Whereas, litigation involving the proration of oil has arisen
in such volume as to seriously burden said Department in the
efficient performance of its other duties; and
Whereas, the Legislature convened in its 42nd Regular Session
within a few days after the present Attorney General assumed
the duties of office, and the Attorney General made available
to this Legislature the assistance of his office in every way
Whereas, said Department has been hampered in its investigations
of law violations and in the enforcement of existing conservation
measures for lack of funds; and
Whereas, the pressing economic conditions have created a
great unrest and uncertainty, and the general trend has been
toward centralization of power and finance through trusts, combinations
and monopolies, or agreements having monopolistic
Whereas, a most deplorable condition exists in the oil industry
severely testing existing laws and existing commissions, and
other enforcement agencies and remedies, which condition has
largely given rise to the urgency of the present Called Session
of this Legislature; and
Whereas, frequent charges are made concerning alleged violations
of our anti-trust laws in several industries, and especially
among power and utility companies and oil companies; and
Whereas, extensive investigations have been conducted and
are now being conducted into such alleged violations; and
Whereas, it behooves the Legislature of this State and each
member thereof to lend every assistance to the Attorney General's
Office, as a patriotic duty of citizenship and as an officer
of this State, intrusted with the confidence and support of their
Whereas, any adequate enforcement of existing measures or
those which shall be hereafter enacted, as well as the enforcement
of existing laws prohibiting monopolies, trusts and combinations
in restraint of trade, demands and requires the support
of the Legislature, both in spirit and in a substantially material
way; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated out of any funds in
the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28], book, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth17293/m1/18/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .