The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28] Page: 79 of 2,111
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FORTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE-FIRST CALLED SESSION. 71
of the State, and said animals when so purchased will be held in
trust by the purchasers for the use and benefit of the State for
a period of six (6) months after such purchase, and said Commission
shall have the right to take over said animals upon payment
to the purchaser of the true consideration he may have
paid therefor; provided, however, that the Commission shall not
have the authority to purchase any stag buffalo nor male buffalo
which at the time of sale is more than ten years of age and provided
further that the herd shall not be purchased until a sufficient
amount of land suitable for their maintenance and support,
in the vicinity where the buffalo are located or range, shall
have been donated to the Commission with a fee simple title.
SEC. 4. The fact that there are only a few buffaloes remaining
in Texas, and the fact that there is a possibility of the same
being exterminated, and the fact that it is essential to the welfare
and history of Texas that they be conserved, creates an
emergency and an imperative public necessity that the Constitutional
Rule requiring bills to be read on three several days be
suspended, and the same is hereby suspended, and this law shall
go into effect and become operative from and after its passage;
and it is so enacted.
Approved August 17, 1931.
Effective 90 days after adjournment.
[NOTE: S. B. No. 12 passed the Senate by a vote of 22 yeas,
5 nays; passed the House by a vote of 80 yeas, 28 nays.]
PRESERVING ARCHAELOGICAL MATTER.
S. B. No. 37.] CHAPTER 32.
An Act providing for the preservation of, and preventing the destruction,
mutilation and removal of prehistoric bones and relics, and certain
other archaelogical matters as defined herein; providing the manner
in which the same may be removed, mutilated, or destroyed; providing
for the conservation of the soil and other natural resources; describing
the territory in which this Act shall be effective; regulating
the transportation of said matters, and for the carrying and exhibition
of certain instruments to certain officers; prescribing offenses, fines,
penalties and punishment; and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. It shall hereafter be unlawful for any person in
this State to remove, destroy, or mutilate any archaelogical matters
in caves, rock shelters, or in prehistoric burials, camp sites,
kitchen middens, funeral mounds, prehistoric paintings, engravings,
or inscriptions; west of the Pecos River; or to remove, destroy,
or mutilate any prehistoric bones or relics in this State
West of the Pecos River, except as herein provided, and if any
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