The Laws of Texas, 1937-1939 [Volume 31] Page: 15 of 1,313
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FORTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE-FIRST CALLED SESSION. 1743
SEC. 3. If any person shall keep or be in any manner interested
in keeping any premises, building, room or place for the
purpose of being used as a place to bet or wager upon dog races
or contests of speed, skill or endurance of, by or between dogs,
or to keep or to exhibit for the purpose of gaming any such
premises, building, room or place whatsoever, -or as a place
where people resort to gamble, bet or wager upon any such
dog race or contest, he shall upon conviction be confined in
the penitentiary not less than two (2) nor more than four
(4) years. Any premises, building, room or place shall be
considered as used for gaming or to gamble with or for betting
or wagering if any money or anything of value is bet on
such dog race or contest or if the same is resorted to for the
purpose of gaming or betting upon such dog race or contest.
SEC. 4. No corporation, private or otherwise, may be organized,
formed, chartered or authorized to do business in this
State which has for its purpose directly or remotely, the operation
or running of dog races, or contests of speed, skill or
endurance of, by or between dogs, or the maintenance, furnishing,
leasing or renting of a track, place, enclosure, unenclosure,
room, building or combination of either where dog races or
-contests of speed, skill or endurance of, by or between dogs
are, or may be held, run, raced or exhibited.
The charter or permit of any corporation now doing business
in this State, may be forfeited, under the provisions of law
governing the forfeiture of corporate charters in this State,
for any or all of the grounds herein specified and set forth in
SEC. 5. It shall be the duty of all peace officers to arrest
with or without a warrant any and all persons violating any
provision of this Act, whenever such violation shall be within
the view or knowledge of such peace officer.
SEC. 6. It is hereby provided that if any section, subsection,
paragraph, clause or part thereof of this Act is declared unconstitutional
or inoperative by any Court of competent jurisdiction,
the same shall not affect or invalidate the remaining section,
subsection, paragraph, clause or part of this Act.
SEC. 7. The fact that a Special Session of the Forty-fifth
Legislature is now in session to consider the provisions set
forth hereinabove creates an emergency and an imperative public
necessity that the Constitutional Rule providing a bill to be
read on three several days in each House be suspended, and
said Rule is hereby suspended, and that this Act shall have
effect and be in force from and after its passage, and it is so
[NOTE.-S. B. No. 3 passed the Senate, June 10, 1937, by a
vote of 26 yeas, 0 nays; passed the House, with amendments,
June 17, 1937, by a vote of 117 yeas, 2 nays; Senate refused
to concur in House amendments, June 21, 1937, and Conference
Committee appointed; Senate adopted Conference Committee
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1937-1939 [Volume 31], book, 1939; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth18824/m1/15/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .