Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 1
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SIXTIETH LEGISLATURE, REGULAR SESSION
AUSTIN, TEXAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1967
(Tuesday, January 10, 1967)
In accordance with the Constitution
and laws of the State of Texas, the
Members-elect of the House of Rep-
resentatives of the Sixtieth Legisla-
ture assembled this day in the Hall of
the House of Representatives in the
City of Austin; and, at 12 o'clock
noon the Honorable John L. Hill,
Secretary of State of the State of
Texas, called the Honorable House
of Representatives to order.
The Invocation was offered by the
Reverend Clinton Kersey, as follows:
"Almighty God, we stand in need
of Thy wisdom and guidance as never
before in this new session of the 60th
Legislature, faced with many per-
plexing problems. We pray that Thou
will bless in a special way these
elected representatives of Texas,
chosen by the people of our State.
You know them, Lord, their needs,
their hopes and fears. Father, give
them strength of body, courage and
convictions. Help each one to know
Thou art concerned about what is said
and done here. Bless each one now ac-
cording to our need and we will be
careful to give Thee praise. Forgive us
where we fail. In Jesus' Name.
The Honorable John L. Hill, Secre-
tary of State of the State of Texas,
then addressed the House, as follows:
There has always been in Texas a
feeling of special state destiny and
special state pride. No one has ever
succeeded in putting it clearly into
words, but it has to do with our
having started something here in
Texas that is very great and being
resolved not to let it die. As a state,
we are old enough to feel the splendor
and richness of our past, and yet we
are young enough to have high hopes
and gallant plans for the future. We
Texans of 1967 are resolved not only
to be vessels in which our heritage is
carried to the next generation, but
are determined to pass on to those
whom destiny has decreed shall be
our successors, an even better and
greater Texas for tomorrow.
We do take pride in our fantastic
growth, our numerous metropolitan
areas, our bountiful size, our strategic
location, and our chronicle of im-
provement in the areas of education,
health, industrial and tourist develop-
ment, water resources, and many
other areas affecting the welfare of
the people. But we have never been
content to rest at anchor. We know
that the only constant in life is
change. We do not shrink from the
challenges and opportunities and re-
sponsibilities that change brings-
we welcome them.
You are the men we have chosen
to lead us in meeting those challenges,
those opportunities, and those re-
sponsibilities. It was Emerson who
said that the true test of a civilization
is not the census nor the size of the
cities nor the crops but the kind of
leader the country turns out. Gov-
ernor Connally reminded us of this
truth in somewhat different words
when he said that greatness is not an
attribute of government but of the
men and women in government.
The cause of a better and greater
Texas, then, ultimately lies largely
in your hands. This cause will exalt
in each of you a pride of patriotism
and a call to duty more than any
appellation derived solely from local
or personal considerations or spirit
of political partisanship. This cause
will awaken your faith and your hope
and your trust rather than your
passions. This cause will bring to this
chamber creativeness, open-minded-
ness, courage, integrity and devotion.
"I gave a party this afternoon at
three. 'Twas very small-three guests
in all-just I, myself and me. Myself
ate up all the sandwiches, while I
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