Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 42
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entire text thereof, to the extent that Five identical copies from the
it would confuse rather than clarify standpoint of text of every bill re-
to show additions and deletions, Sec- lating to conservation and reclama-
tion 2 of this rule will not apply; tion districts and governed by the
however, the Presiding Officer of the provisions of Article XVI, Section
group having such proposal under 59(d), Constitution of the State of
consideration shall strictly construe Texas, with copies of the notice to
Section 2 hereof to achieve the pur- introduce the bill attached thereto,
poses thereof. must be filed with the Chief Clerk at
the time the hill is i rntroduced if the
Section 4. Compliance with Sec-
tions 2 and 3 of this rule shall be re-
quired at all stages of the legislative
process except in the engrossing and
enrolling of the bill or resolution,
when the underlining and the deleted
text shall be omitted.
Section 5. No bill (except general
appropriations bills, which may em-
brace the various subjects and ac-
counts for and on account of which
monies are appropriated) shall con-
tain more than one subject, which
shall be expressed in its title. A gen-
eral law may not be changed by the
provisions in an appropriation bill.
Section 6. No law shall be revived or
amended by reference to its title; but
in such case, the act revived, or the
section or sections amended, shall be
reenacted and published at length.
Section 7. Any member may be-
come the coauthor of a bill or resolu-
tion by securing permission from the
author. No action shall be required
by the House, but it shall be the duty
of a member seeking to be a coauthor
to obtain written authorization from
the author, which authorization shall
be filed with the Chief Clerk at the
same time the coauthor signs the bill
or resolution. The Chief Clerk shall
report daily to the Journal Clerk the
names of members filed as coauthors
of bills or resolutions. If a coauthor
of a bill or resolution desires to with-
draw from such status, he shall noti-
fy the Chief Clerk. who in turn shall
notify the Journal Clerk.
Section 8. Four copies of every bill,
except bills relating to conservation
and reclamation districts and gov-
erned by the provisions of Article
XVI, Section 59(d), Constitution of
the State of Texas, either consisting
of an original and three carbon copies
or four identical copies from the
standpoint of text, must be filed with
the Chief Clerk or offered from the
floor at the time the bill is intro-
bill is one to:
(1) Create a particular conserva-
tion and reclamation district; or
(2) Amend the act of a particular
conservation and reclamation district
(a) Add additional land to the Dis-
(b) Alter the taxing authority of
(c) Alter the authority of the Dis-
trict with respect to issuing bonds;
(d) Alter the qualifications or
terms of office of the members of the
governing body of the District.
No bill may be laid before the
House on first reading until this rule
has been complied with.
Section 9. Each bill shall be filed
with the Chief Clerk when introduced
and shall be numbered in its regular
order. Each bill shall be read first
time by caption and referred by the
Speaker to the proper committee.
During the first forty-five calendar
days of a Regular Session, unless
otherwise directed by a majority vote
of the House, twenty-four hours must
elapse between the time of introduc-
tion and the time of the first reading,
and reference of a bill or resolution
to the proper committee. As soon as
the bill or resolution has been re-
ferred to the proper committee, it
shall be sent immediately to the print-
er by the Calendar Clerk and a print-
ed copy thereof, showing thereon the
committee to which it was referred,
shall be placed at the earliest prac-
ticable date in the newspaper mail-
box of each member. Additional cop-
ies of the bill shall be printed and
made available to the members on re-
Section 10. No bill shall be consid-
ered unless it has been first referred
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1, legislative document, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193874/m1/46/?rotate=270: accessed March 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.