Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 63
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January 10, 1967
their actions solely to the matters in
disagreement between the two houses.
In addition to the limitations contain-
ed elsewhere in these rules, a con-
ference committee on a tax bill shall
be strictly limited in its authority as
1. If a tax item appears in both
House and Senate versions of the bill,
such item must be included in the
2. If a tax item appears in both
House and Senate versions of the
bill, and in identical form and with
identical rates, no change can be
made in such item or the rate there-
3. If a tax item appears in both
House and Senate versions of the bill
but at differing rates no change can
be made in the item, but the rate
thereof shall be at the discretion of
the Conference Committee, provided
that such rate shall not exceed the
higher version and shall be not less
that the lower version.
4. If a tax item appears in one
version of the bill and not in the
other, such item can be included or
omitted at the discretion of the Con-
ference Committee. If the item is in-
cluded, the rate thereof shall not ex-
ceed the rate specified in the version
containing such item.
5. If a tax item appears in neither
the House nor the Senate version of
the bill, such item must not be in-
cluded in the Conference Report.
This rule shall be strictly con-
strued by the presiding officer in each
house to achieve the purposes hereof.
31. Conference committees on re-
apportionment bills, to the extent
possible, shall limit their discussions
and their actions to the matters in
disagreement between the two houses.
Since the adjustment of one district
in a reapportionment bill will inevita-
bly affect other districts therein, the
strict rule of construction imposed on
other conference committees must be
relaxed somewhat when reapportion-
ment bills are involved. Accordingly,
the following authority and limits
tions shall apply only to conference
committees on reapportionment bills:
1. If the matters in disagreement
affect only certain districts, and other
districts are identical in both House
and Senate versions of the bill, the
Conference Committee shall make ad-
justments only in those districts
whose rearrangement is essential to
the effective resolving of the matters
in disagreement. All other districts
shall remain unchanged.
2. If the matters in disagreement
permeate the entire bill and affect
most, if not all, of the districts there-
in, the Conference Committee shall
have wide discretion in rearranging
the districts to the extent necessary
to resolve all differences between the
3. Insofar as the actual structure
of the districts is concerned, and only
to that extent, the provisions of Joint
Rule 28 shall not apply to conference
committees on reapportionment bills.
32. Conference committees on re-
codification bills, like other conference
committees, shall limit their discus-
sions and their actions solely to the
matters in disagreement between the
two houses. The comprehensive and
complicated nature of recodification
bills makes necessary the relaxing of
the strict rule of construction im-
posed on other conference committees
only to the following extent:
1. If it develops in conference com-
mittee that material has been in-
advertently included in both House
and Senate versions which properly
has no place in such recodification,
such material may be omitted from
the Conference Report, if by such
omission the existing statute there-
on is not repealed, altered or amend-
2. If it develops in conference com-
mittee that material has been inad-
vertently omitted from both the
House and Senate version which
properly should be included if such
recodification is to achieve its pur-
pose of being all-inclusive of the
statutes being recodified, such ma-
terial may be added to the Conference
Report, if by such addition the exist-
ing statute is merely restated with-
out substantive change in existing
33. Limitations imposed on certain
conference committees by the pro-
visions of Joint Rules 29, 30, 31 and
32 may be suspended in part, by per-
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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/m1/67/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.